Mark up and complete forms in PDF with Xodo

A new extension has been pushed out to Chrome and the Chromebooks, the XODO PDF Reader & Annotator.

Here is a list of what XODO PDF Reader & Annotator can do:

  1. Annotation options
  2. Merge PDFs
  3. Organize pages: insert, delete, reorder, and rotate pages
  4. Access PDFs on Google Drive
  5. Online collaboration
  6. Multiple view modes and flexible zoom

When a PDF is opened in XODO, there is a toolbar that runs across the top of the page and a list of thumbnails running down the left side showing every page in the document.

The tools allow you to highlight text, cross out text, draw a squiggly line under the text, free hand draw, insert shapes, add comments and more. PDFs in XODO can also be shared so multiple students can collaborate on the same document.

If you are signed into Chrome or are using a Chromebook, the extension is automatically loaded and will run when you open a PDF with Chrome.

Using it in your class

You can now email or share PDFs with your students, and your students will be able to annotate and write on the PDFs. Pretty much like a high tech worksheet.

Using the SAMR model, this usage is at the Enhancement/Substitution level. At this level, tech is being used as a direct replacement for work in the classroom. But in this case, using the Chromebooks for completing worksheets allows the students practice with the trackpad and keyboard.

Google Groups for staff classes have been created

Each staff member at Kenton City Schools will have a Google Group created for each of their classes.

To see your groups and check who is in the group, you can visit Google Groups. The class Google Groups have a description that start with Class Google Groups – and then your StudentInformation teacher code followed by a number.

Your StudentInformation teacher code is a four or five letter code that usually starts with the first two or three letters of your last name. You will have several Google Groups for your classes.

Here are my Class Google Groups:

The first one, cory, is a group for all of my students. Then I have cory-02 and cory-03, which corresponds with my second and third period class.

To use the group, you can email or share from Google drive with your group by appending @kentoncityschools.org to the end of the short name. So if I want to send an email to all of my students, I would send it to cory @ kentoncityschools.org. If I want to share a document with my third period class, I would share it with cory-03 @ kentoncityschools.org.

Check your groups out, and if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask! Oh, and if there are any changes to your groups, let me know and I’ll sync the group. If you had or remove someone, they may return the next time I sync!

Moodle is now installed for the 2017-2018 school year

The Moodle server for the 2017-2018 school year is now installed.

To request a course, click on the Click here to request a course link from the main Moodle page available at moodle.kentoncityschools.org. Log in with your school username and password, and then complete the form to request the course. It will ask why the course is needed, just enter whatever you want in that box.

The Moodle installation for last year is still available, you can backup your courses from last year and restore them in this year’s Moodle if you would like to re-use your course.

If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to open a help desk ticket by emailing helpesk@kentoncityschools.org!