Draw On PDFs and Images: Strategies for Students

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You don't have to print out your classroom or tutoring activities anymore! In fact, you can simply open a PDF, or with the MacOS operating system, a simple screenshot of a pdf, Word doc, Google doc, web page, or even a printed workbook page instantly offers drawing and writing tools that can be used to complete the activity. To top it off, as soon as the student completes the activity, they can then save and forward the completed image in a text or email!  This lightens book bags, saves on paper and ink, and it is better for our environment!  Let me show you how to do this. 

How to draw on pdf images

What is a Screenshot? 

A screenshot captures the image you see on your screen and stores it on your camera roll, and it can be edited, shared, and stored.

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How to do this on an iPad:

  1. Find the image, file, webpage, or handout you want to capture.
  2. Set up the image for the shot.
  3. For 2018 and later, press the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the iPad and the Volume up button on the right side of the iPad at the same time. For earlier versions, press the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the iPad and quickly click the Home button at the bottom of the screen.
The new image will show up in the left part of your screen. Simply select the new image. You can now use a marker, highlighter, pencil, eraser, or Magic Rope to edit and annotate your new image. You can crop your screenshots, too. Touch and hold one of the corners and drag it to the new dimension. If you make a mistake, you can undo each previous step by tapping the undo button in the bottom left of the screen. You can also redo a prior step by tapping the redo button.

share and save images on a pdf

How to do this on a Desktop or Laptop:

Find the image, file, webpage, or handout.  Here is how to capture a selected portion of the screen
  1. Press Shift-Command-4 
  2. Drag to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the entire selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging.
  3. After you release your mouse or trackpad button, find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop. 
  4. Please note: Shift-Command-5, on the newest Mac OS operating system, offers additional options.
mac or desktop

How to do This with a Textbook or Printed Worksheet:

Select the camera app.  Instead of taking a photo, take a screenshot of the image as described above. This screenshot will give you the option of drawing, typing or editing the image.

Digital Downloads are a Great Option!

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  1. Digital downloads are available to my customers immediately via email. This is very convenient for my customers in countries like Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. 
  2. Digital downloads enable me to keep prices low (no shipping or printing) so teachers and specialists can afford my products.
  3. Materials can be printed over and over again for your students year after year. Please note that a single purchase offers a license for a single teacher.
  4. Digital downloads are easy to store, and they don’t gather dust.
  5. Digital downloads enable me to make updates and additions to products.
  6. If you choose to print activities or games, you can decide whether to print them in black and white or in color. In addition, you can place key activities in dry erase pockets, and you can use them over and over again. I also place my games in binders with the use of page protectors. This is great for storage and protection.
I love offering multisensory digital downloads!  To view all my multisensory lessons and cognitive remedial materials, CLICK HERE.

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If you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

Cheers, Erica 

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

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