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As part of our Back to School promotion running until September 14th, we are highlighting the ways that PDF software can be useful when it comes to education. This time, we’ll outline the top 5 uses of PDF tools for instructors! With the beginning of the school year comes many challenges for instructors. They return back to long days of teaching, lesson planning, and marking assignments. Their days are packed, so any tool that will help make their lives just a little bit easier is one they should likely invest in. An instructor’s main concern should be on educating their students – helping them understand concepts, explaining and listening to different viewpoints, and giving students all the tools they need to absorb information so they can use it in the future. They don’t want to think about the mundane aspects of their job like how to best markup student papers, share learning material, or fill out a tedious form. This is why a PDF solution like PDFelement can be a real time-saver for instructors now that the school year is starting back up again! Here are the top five ways PDF editing tools can make your life easier as an instructor: 1. You can mark assignments electronically Since everything is done online these days, it makes sense that marking assignments is often done electronically rather than in hard copy as well. Luckily, tools like PDFelement have an abundance of annotation tools. With PDFelement, you can leave comments or sticky notes to draw attention to a certain point or concept, or you can highlight certain sections that you’d like a student to change or review. Not only will you be able to easily make these changes, but you can also easily send the marked up file back to the student who can read and review the changes using PDFelement as well. 2. You can share learning material effortlessly As well, many learning materials are now provided to students in electronic format – either through files or links to educational websites. With PDFelement’s editing features, you can easily put together reading packages for your class, using tools to manage, organize, split pages, add bookmarks, and more. If you do decide that you want to print out the reading materials for your students, you can also easily print to PDF using PDFelement. As well, PDFelement’s OCR features lets you easily scan material from a hard copy textbook that can then be edited and added into the reading package or shared electronically with your students. Most PDF editors allow you to compress and reduce large pdf files as well, so they can be easily shared without compromising quality. This can come in handy when you want to send material to students via email or other platforms online. 3. You can quickly convert files PDFelement lets you export PDFs into other editable formats like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, HTML, and more, while preserving all formatting from the original document. Perhaps you have material in PDF format that you want to present to your class. You can easily export your PDF into a PowerPoint presentation. You can also convert other file formats to PDF effortlessly, while retaining the same formatting and look as the original. Perhaps you require your students to send their papers in PDF format to ensure that no formatting gets misaligned in the process of sending. Students can easily convert their paper written in Word to PDF format with PDFelement, which will help make your life a lot easier when you are reviewing and marking the paper. 4. You can read up on material for lectures Most PDF editing tools come with relevant layouts and settings that offer you advanced reading experience with smooth scrolling and fast search. If you are researching concepts online to include in your next lecture, or if you need to view online PDF content, you can do so easily with tools like PDFelement. You can also markup the text as you go, making notes on what you want to include in your lesson plan, or highlighting certain sections. 5. You can share and fill out forms easily With PDFelement, you can create or edit PDF forms either from scratch or from a template using automatic form field recognition. This is really helpful if you need to create a form for your students to fill out. Perhaps you want to gather feedback about the class by having students fill out a form. Or you might require your students to complete monthly assessments on their work by filling out forms, either online or in hard copy. You can easily create these types of forms, and your students can easily fill them out using PDFelement. Plus, with digital signatures, you or your students can electronically sign forms for saved time and convenience. We hope this school year will be a little easier with the help of PDFelement! If you have any other tips for instructors, let us know in the comments below!
PDFelement posted a blog entry in PDFelement BlogWith a new year comes a new start, and with 2019 fast approaching, many of you entrepreneurs out there might be thinking that it’s the perfect time to kick-start your own business. Well, you aren’t wrong. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 best tech tools to get you started! One of the most significant challenges you face as an entrepreneur is staying on top of the many tasks and priorities it takes to run a business. Whether it’s responding to emails, organizing projects, or networking to get your name out there, there are so many things that can distract you and make you less productive. Here’s a list of tools and resources that are relied on by many entrepreneurs in today’s market. Plus, many of these tools are free! Take a read through our list and find the perfect tool for you! 1. Trello Trello is a tool that will help you organize projects. It’s a free management tool that gives you a board on which you can create a list with cards. 2. Google Docs Google Docs is a vital tool if you are working on a document with multiple different contributors. With this tool, everyone on your team can add or remove text, add comments for others to see, proofread content, and more. 3. Dropbox This tool is amazing for storage and backups. It is also accessible on almost every device; letting you access your files from anywhere you want. 4. Asana This tool helps with project management and is a popular group collaboration tool. You can easily make changes and get notified on task updates, which is especially helpful if you are working as a team. It is very easy to use, and quite visually appealing as well. 5. Slack This instant messaging app is used by businesses as a communication tool for teams and entrepreneurs. You can start a new project, initiate the hiring process, review a sale contract and even finalize your budget for next year using this tool. 6. Boomerang Boomerang helps you archive your emails and get them back in your inbox whenever you want. It also allows you to save a draft for later use and lets you set email reminders as well. 7. Voila Norbert This tool helps you find an email address even when it is not mentioned on a website or document. This app even allows you to search in bulk using your CSV file. 8. Sidekick Sidekick is another brilliant tool that is crucial for your business. It helps in letting you know whether the email you’ve sent has been opened or not. 9. 99 designs This tool is perfect for starting your business as it helps you to find the perfect logo or landing page for your company. Since design is the secret to great business, 99 designs is a very worthwhile resource. 10. Canva This is an online graphic design platform that helps you create anything from book covers to infographics. 11. Fiverr Fiverr is an effective marketplace where you can access anything you need for your business at a cheap rate starting from content writers, translators, graphic designers, business cards and anything else that you may need for business. 12. Clarity.FM This tool helps you seek advice from experts. You can choose by name or by expertise, depending on what type of advice you need. 13. Typeform This service helps you to create awesome surveys. You can even use online forms to get feedback from listeners, customers and readers. 14. Due.com Due.com helps in providing seamless payment solutions for your business. With this website you can keep track of all your payments in one place. 15. Evernote Evernote is the easy way to help keep your business ideas and notes together. This app is designed for taking notes, creating lists, and organizing or archiving your ideas. 16. Pic Monkey Pic Monkey is an ideal photo editing and graphic designing tool through which you can edit your pictures and design your own templates as well. 17. LastPass This is a password managing app. It helps you store passwords for easy access and share your passwords with team members conveniently as well. 18. MailChimp MailChimp is a marketing platform for small businesses and also serves as an email marketing service. It helps you create and send out free corporate newsletters to up to 2000 subscribers. 19. Teachable This tool is the perfect platform to host your webinars and digital training seminars. It helps in creating and selling your online courses to over 4 million students all over the world. 20. Screencast O-Matic This is a free software that helps to capture screens for online courses. It also records videos. You can use this software to record on-screen activities for short tutorials, presentations, and more. 21. Zapier This tool lets you manage all your apps in one single integrated space. 22. Stripe This is an online payment processing tool for online businesses. It provides easy automation for web pages so you can focus on the work that’s most important. 23. PayPal for Business If you are looking for a complete payment solution for your business, PayPal for business is a great solution. It allows you to accept payments through your website, in person and also with online invoicing. 24. Confluence This is another very popular project management tool that helps you combine all your resources and work in one convenient location. It acts as aone stop shop for team brainstorming and collaboration. 25. Wave Accounting Wave Accounting is a cloud-based accounting, invoicing, and payment system for freelancers and people running their own businesses. It is a great resource for managing your accounting needs. And there you have it – our top 25! Of course, it goes without saying that PDFelement is also a great tool for entrepreneurs. The all-in-one PDF solution allows you to create, edit, and secure PDF’s quickly and easily, as well as convert them into other formats, or vice versa, making dealing with your documents a breeze. Have any other useful tools that you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments below!