What is a "PDF"?
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably, independent of software, hardware, or operating system.
Why must we use PDFs?
I receive hundreds of assignments every day and want to review, comment on them and return them as quickly as possible. I work at all hours to do so, sometimes at my desk, sometimes from my phone, wherever I'm at. (In fact, I bought the new Samsung Note 8 just for my grading work.) I also want to be able to save my graded copies of your assignments for your records. PDFs are the only file type that allow me to do all of this.
How can students create PDFs?
Fortunately, PDFs are very common and can be easily made. Here's how:
1. If you're submitting work written by hand on a printed document or sheet of notebook paper.
I assume that Mom or Dad has a smartphone. If so, Adobe offers a free app called Adobe Scan. This is a must-have for CLAA students--a really neat tool that I believe you will enjoy using. Using this app, you can easily snap a picture of each page of your work and the app converts the images into PDF files and allows you to send them to me as easily as that. Learn more about Adobe Scan here.
2. If you're submitting work done using Google Docs.
If you're working in Google Docs, you can turn your document into a PDF very easily. Simply select "File" >> "Download as" >> "PDF Document (.pdf)". Then, submit that PDF file for review. Watch here.
3. If you're submitting work done using Microsoft Word.
As with Google Docs, you can save any Word file as a PDF by selecting, "File" >> "Save As" and then, after selecting the location where you'd like to save your document, select, "PDF" as the file type. Watch here.
Where should students send/submit their work?
Students should submit any assignments to me by email at email@example.com or by using the "Support" button at the bottom of the CLAA website. Simply open a chat or create a ticket and use the "Attach" button to add a document or drag and drop the files from your computer into the chat box. Easy.
Any work not submitted in this way may not be received.
IMPORTANT: I recommend that students submit ONE assignment per message/ticket. This allows us to use that ticket as a discussion for that assignment until it is completed.
If you need any more help with this or run into a problem, please contact me. Once you figure it out the first few times, we'll be exchanging assignments quickly and easily.