Thursday, June 17, 2010

Free PDF to Word Converter

Here's a little tool that I never thought I'd need until I actually needed it today. PDF to Word is simple tool that extracts the text of your PDF documents and converts it to your choice of a Word document or rich text file (RTF). To use it, simply upload your chosen PDF, choose Word or RTF conversion, and enter your email address (don't forget to opt-out of marketing emails, unless you like spam). PDF to Word will email you when your file is ready for download.

Applications for Education
The reason I needed PDF to Word today was that I had some PDFs of quizzes and activities that I had created and saved as PDFs before I knew the joys of Google Docs. I don't remember why I saved them as PDFs, but I'm sure it was a good reason at the time. PDF to Word made it possible for me to edit those quizzes and activities again.

How to Use YouTube's New Video Editor

Yesterday, YouTube launched a new video editor. It's a simple tool that allows you to upload raw video files then trim them down. You can also use the video editor to create mash-ups of the videos you've uploaded to YouTube. The editor also allows you to add soundtracks to your videos. Below you'll see a short tutorial I made about how to use YouTube's video editor.

Learn more about YouTube's video editor in the video below.

AudioSwap is the new YouTube music gallery that you can use to add to soundtracks to your videos. It's important to note that any soundtrack you add to your video will override your original audio. Learn more about AudioSwap in the video below.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web

What are Those Kids Saying? - Try Chat Decoder

I have to confess that I'm one of those people that still spells out almost everything in text messages. In part because I'm not sure how to abbreviate things and or what all of the abbreviations mean. So if you're like me and you ever wondered what all of the abbreviations kids use in text messages mean, check out the Teen Chat Decoder. Teen Chat Decoder is a simple translation service. Just type in an abbreviation or emoticon :) and find out what it means to teens.

Thanks to Lee Kolbert for the tip. Of course, Lee's a cool Geeky Momma so she probably doesn't need the decoder.

Applications for Education
During parent-teacher conferences this year, I had a couple of parents tell me that "they don't get texting." Perhaps a little tool like Teen Chat Decoder will help them understand what their kids are talking about.

I Took a Day Off

Some of you may have noticed, I took a day off yesterday. I hadn't planned on it, but yesterday for the first time all year I didn't do any work online during a weekday. I've never been the type of person to call-in sick for a "mental health" day, but that's exactly what I did yesterday with my online work. School's out, it's raining, and I feel rejuvenated after my day off. This morning I have the blogging machine cranked-up and I've got posts flowing out of my finger tips.