Friday, November 21, 2014

Notable...Just another way to Make PDF's usable again

How many of us over the years have great worksheets and handouts that we would like to scan into the computer and have our students use digitally? Or who has found a great document online but it is not editable (i.e. PDF format)? Notable is a handy Chrome Extension (and App) that will help you (and your students) make these documents live again! 

Here's how it works...

 Go to the Chrome Web Store and type in Notable

 Choose the Notable Extension
 Click Add

Click Sign in with Google (it should automatically sign you in to your account)

Choose a File

Once you choose your document you will see 6 tools in the top right corner: 

Highlighter, Strikethrough, Underline, Comment, Add Text and Choose Text

To use any of these tools:
  • Click on the individual tool
  • Click on the color you would like to use
  • Go to the place in the document you would like to make your mark and annotate
If you would like to comment or delete your annotation then hover over your mark (as I have shown with the strikethrough) and a popup shows up with your initials. You can then comment or delete your mark.

 Finally, the tools at the top of the page all will allow you to do a variety of different things as well: 

      Switch to a different annotated Copy 
        Share Document (Get a sharable link)
      Download (Will bring you to the following menu and allow you to directly export the document back to Google Drive or your computer)

      Open a New PDF

 Print (You should not need to use this)

Tools (Will bring you to the next menu) 

Toggle Sidebar (Will bring up the following) 

 Make sure that when doing this with students you choose MAKE A COPY FOR EACH STUDENT (unless you would like to do this as a group activity) because if you choose for ALL STUDENTS TO EDIT then the comments will show up for all on the same PDF.

To use the notable tool again, click on the extension in the top right corner and click "Open from Google Drive".

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