Convert PDFs t Word Documents

I thought you might be interested in hearing about PDF to Word, a state of the art smartphone converter

The most praised PDF to Word converter on the market. Easily and quickly convert PDFs from anywhere on your device, Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail, Box and OneDrive, into editable Microsoft Word documents. Easy-to-use app and powerful converting engines.

• No limits on file size or number of converted files. 
• Excellent conversion quality.
• Scanned and complex PDFs can be converted as well.
• You can convert Gmail attachments and files from Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive directly from our app.
• You can also convert PDFs and Google documents from your Google Drive right within our app.
• Word documents are optimized for fast viewing and reuse. 
• The converted document is in the .docx format and immediately ready for further reuse. 
• Layout, formatting, tables, images and text look exactly like the original.
• No need to further fix the converted document.
• Your file is deleted from servers, right after the conversion ends.

Reuse and edit your PDF documents. Fast application and cutting-edge converting technology allows you to turn your PDF texts, forms and tables into editable Word documents. Find your PDF document and open it in PDF to Word. Once the PDF is imported, it is automatically sent to our servers for conversion. The file is downloaded once the conversion is done. Because the conversion is not being performed on your device, the app will not burden your device’s resources or drain its battery.You can find out more about PDF to Word on iTunes by following this link:

Hope you’ll find it helpful.

Think Different: Turn Webpages into PDF with InstaWeb - Free for a short time

Have you ever needed to turn content from a website into a PDF? Maybe you just want to get rid of the rubbish for an easier read or possibly you need to print and not waste a ton of paper with all the rubbish?  

Try the InstaWeb, an iPad/iPhone app to turn a website into a PDF and holy moly, is it easy. It is a simple app hat does only one thing!

For example, I need a page from my website for a Professional Development Workshop like this one, The app allows me to turn that page into a PDF and use as a Handout.  Open InstaWeb and paste in the URL of the website or you can even search for the site.  

Tap the button in the lower right and you make your PDF. Give it a name and save it to iBooks, or Notability, or Dropbox or Google Drive your favorite reader app. Email it to your self and you can even print the PDF.

The InstaWeb app is normally $2.99, but is available for FREE for a short time right now. If you need to make a PDF out of a website, this app is an excellent solution. Grab it now while it is free.

LiquidText PDF and Document Reader - For Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and Markups

LiquidText, an App Store Editors’ Choice, improves the way you read, annotate, and research on the iPad.

Price: FREE

LiquidText PDF and Document Reader - For Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and Markups 

LiquidText is a free App for researching, annotating, and highlighting your documents, websites, and PDF’s.  Read in ways not possible on paper. LiquidText gives you the tools to focus on what matters, compare distant sections, take notes, build upon thoughts, and pull out key facts from the text. Improve the way you read on the iPad with LiquidText. 

Retire the Printer.
We read to understand the world around us. But both paper documents and computer screens compromise this mission. LiquidText gives users a personalized reading experience, ideal for comprehensive reading, through intuitive interactions that allow the user to compare sections by squeezing a document, pull out key passages, organize ideas, find context, and more. 

Reimagine the reading experience

  • Read and interact with text in a flexible environment
  • Compatible with PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents and web pages
  • Import from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, email, and more
  • Import content from webpage or send to LiquidText directly from Safari
  • Workspace area for writing notes and pulling out excerpts
  • Organize and group excerpts and notes
  • Tap comments and excerpts to find original source
  • Pinch document to compare different sections
  • Collapse text to see annotated parts side-by-side
  • Collapse text to view search term(s) side-by-side
  • Scroll to navigate through pages 
  • Scrollbar shows where highlights, comments, excerpts, and search results are located
  • Highlight text, images, comments, excerpts, and notes
  • Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
  • Comment on two or more selections simultaneously
  • Export file as notes only, highlights only, notes and highlights, or entire document with annotations
  • Export as LiquidText file, PDF, or RTF (supported by most word processors)
  • Send files by email or to Dropbox, iCloud, Box, and more
LiquidText App Tutorial: 


As a new semester begins, here are 2 resources that should prove useful.  I know most of you carry your iPad most of the time, now you can leave those MLA and APA reference books at on the shelf.   You’ll invest about $5.00 if you want both both, but that is much cheaper than one  actual book and it is updated frequently and no extra money involved.

Price: $2.29

My MLA is the ultimate guide and companion for students, researchers and scholars who need to utilize the style (6th Ed.). MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

The cost of the app is subsidized substantially in order to become affordable for most users, practitioners and students (Compare to $280 if each app purchased separately and retail price). For your convenience you can easily copy and paste any part of the texts and save, email or text the captured information. (No restrictions whatsoever). This app is tested and optimized to work with all versions of iOS including new features of iOS 4.0.

Price: $2.99

Based on the newest version of the American Psychological Association (APA) publication style manual (6th Edition, 2009), this application provides you with the only complete APA reference tool available. Designed for both students and faculty, the app is an absolute must-have for anyone who has to write using the APA style. It is the most complete APA style guide app available for both iPhones and iPads. 

There are 17 sections in the app and each section covers the most important elements and style examples. It’s like having the complete style manual in your hand, organized in an easy to use, menu-driven intuitive format. If writing in the proper style is important to you and your college, university, or journal papers, then this is the right app for you.  

The app includes both a short written description and examples related to all of the elements associated with the APA writing style including:
• Manuscript Layout, Writing Style, Grammar, and the Scholarly Writing method 
• Punctuation, Capitalization, use of Italics, and Abbreviations
• Headings and Series Formats
• Quotations, Numbers, Metrication, and Statistical and Mathematical Copy
• Tables and Figures
• Reference Citations in Text, the Reference List Format, and Referencing Electronic Media

Mastering the APA style and trying to use the APA Style Manual for every paper is challenging. With this app and its easy to use and apply format, you can focus instead on content rather wondering if you have the paper in the correct style.

Resource Wednesday: Explain Everything Interactive Whiteboard and Screencasting App--ON SALE for teacher Appreciation Week

Explain Everything is the #1 Teacher App.  Normally $2.99, but on sale this week for teacher appreciation for only .99¢.

Don’t have an interactive Whiteboard in your classroom…….problem solved with Explain Everything!!

What is Explain Everything? It is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool used by over 1.8 million students and educators.  

It is the app I use for making tutorials.  Students in DED318 learn to use interactive whiteboard apps, although, they are given options like Explain Everything, and a number of other free ones (Educreations, Showmen, ScreenChomp, Vittle, Doceri).  But, Explain Everything always comes out on top as the best interactive and screencasting app.  

It is very simple to use and extremely powerful. Your iPad becomes a virtual interactive whiteboard that allows the you to record audio and visual information.  Visuals are movies, images, text, .pdf documents and anything you draw or write on the screen. You end up with a movie that can be exported to Google Drive, DropBox, Evernote, Youtube, your camera roll (Photos) and many, many more. 

From Morris Cooke: This is the teacher specific perspective but Explain Everything also allows students to explore the possibilities of representing their level of understanding via screencasting. Thanks to Clay Reisler that leads the iPaddiction blog we can share similar information but this time in a more in-depth, step-by-step way. In a series of blog posts Clay Reisler described the process of integrating iPads with Explain Everything in the biology classes in Pulaski High.  Starting from Coaching Teachers and Teaching Students, through Exporting the Projects, and Lesson Reflections, ending at Students Reflection Survey he describes the process that both teachers and students went through to integrate the technology and what came out of it. That complimentary series of short articles shares a very valuable information for anyone that has questions regarding using Explain Everything by students. I encourage you to read the whole series as the final student survey speaks for itself.

Resources for your learning
Get the apps this week while they are on SALE!
Check out the Share Your Story contest hashtag #EEStory Tweets  from Explain Everything for lots of examples of Explain Everything being used by Teachers and Students.  #EEStory Tweets 

iPad Resource Fiday: WordBrain

Just a bit fun for Friday…..yet challenging and could be used in the classroom with vocabulary.  If you like word game challenges, you will love WordBrain.

  WordBrain: TOP-1 Word Game in 57 countries!  WordBrain is a game for the true Word Genius! Easy at first. Insanely hard to complete! WordBrain is a game for the true Word Genius! It starts very easy but gets challenging quickly. Be prepared for a quick-paced puzzle game – sort of a Soduko and Candy Crush Saga twist on Ruzzle & Scramble – with hours of fun ahead. How far will you get? WordBrain was carefully crafted with love!

You can even create your own puzzles with your vocabulary!!

iPhone App, but works on your iPad:

iPad Resource Tuesday: Digitize Handwritten Notes and Diagrams with Office Lens

Office Lens -  Makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable & editable. FREE

Office Lens,  is for converting pictures you take of notes on whiteboards or paper into notes that can be edited in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. 

Office Lens can scan documents “from any angle” and fix its perspective, crop it, and clean it up. It can also do other tricks like pulling contact info off a business card and more.

Office Lens exports your notes in plenty of formats including JPEG, PDF, and even Office files like Word or Powerpoint.  Probably one of the best features of Office Lens  is that hand-written work can be captured through the app and separated from the text to move and edit as individual objects in PowerPoint slides.  Then you can export right to OneDrive.  We now have access to through our new Office 365 at KSU. 

 With Office 365 and the new Office iPad apps , Office Lens should be very useful. 

An Overview of Office Lens.   

Office Lens could be a great app for students to use to snap a picture of something on a whiteboard then add their own comments to it through word or powerpoint or right inside the app.  I think this new app is worth a try.  

And it’s FREE, so why not give it a try!!

Friday iPad Resouce: Bring documents to life with Slate

Adobe just released Slate and it is FREE.  Take documents and bring them to life!

Wow, this is an amazing tool. Of course I am an Adobe fan for years,  but Slate is simple,  add text, photos, layout and apply style & motion.  Scrolling transitions make words and images move for an engaging & compelling read.  If you’ve used Adobe Voice,  also Free,  you’ll find similarities.   

Adobe Slate is a fun and easy way to turn any document – a lesson, newsletter, book report or presentation – into a stunning visual story, in just minutes.  Clearly, an exciting way to present information!!

Just type or talk to add text and use your favorite photos. Choose one of the awesome themes and gorgeous fonts, magazine-style designs and motion automatically transforms your story – guaranteeing a marvelous read on any device.  

Each Slate story you publish is simply a link.  No unrelated content, no random ads — just your story. You can share it via text message, email, social media or embed it where you want on your own website.  Anyone can view your Slate and it will look great, whether they're using a phone, and iPad, a tablet, or computer.

Find out more on the Slate website.

Learn more about Slate:  

A few stunning EXAMPLES
Find more examples at Tweets #madewithSlate 

Slate, is an extremely powerful communication tool — An easy way to share your knowledge and express creativity in visual essays, reports, journal entries, portfolios, book reports, science projects and more.  Ditch that Powerpoint! Through a simple link to the web, you can share your ideas and knowledge with the world.

Slate is free, which is kinda of unusual for Adobe, it makes me wonder if it will eventually be a paid app. So, install it on your iPad now, while it is free. Check Slate out, you will not be disappointed.  

By the way, we will be learning Slate in the DED318 class this semester!!

iPad Resource Monday: Quick Key for Formative Assessment

Quick Key is an app that turns your iPhone/iPad into a bubble sheet scanner. Quick Key, the mobile app that puts a digital classroom into the palm of your hand, no network required! Scan paper quizzes, tests, and surveys with your mobile device.

Quick Key  makes it very easy for you to quickly grade multiple choice and true/false quizzes. Basically, create your quiz on the Quick Key website then print and distribute your bubble sheet. After your students have completed the bubble sheet you simply scan the sheets with your iPhone or iPad, (resolution on an iPad is bit grainy) and the grading is wrapped up for you. 

From the app you can send grades to the classes that you have created on the Quick Key website. If you enter students’ email addresses into your class rosters on Quick Key, you can have grades emailed to students.  Teachers are already over worked, most have created many great formative and summative assessments over the years. Quick Key allows teachers to use the assessments that they have already created. Not reinventing the wheel!

So, if you use Formative Assessments & bubble sheets, this may be the solution you have been needing.  I hate to admit it, but I have no idea where a “Scranton Bubble Sheet Reader” is even located.  Quick Key would totally solve that problem, it is in my hand!!

Are you stuck & bored in the world of PowerPoint? Try Adobe Voice

Are you stuck & bored in the world of PowerPoint?  

Adobe Voice might just prove to be a good alternative for you and projects by your students.  

Adobe Voice is a recently released education product from Adobe that allows students to narrate a story over an array of digital images. 

It is FREE. And Adobe rarely gives anything away. 

Voice is a free iPad app that helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact. 

It doesn’t require any video, rather the tool moves images forward in a cinematic fashion. It has gorgeous templates in terms of storytelling and a huge library of copyright friendly music and images. 

While schools often want to teach students about good digital citizenship, including copyright laws, having a pre-reviewed library can be useful for quicker projects. It can be seen on any platform since it is web based.

But have no fear, you can use your own images too!

Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.