HOW TO: Make Any PDF an Editable Google Classroom Assessment

Distance learning throws us a million curveballs a day, but having to find new resources shouldn’t be one of them.

Did you know you can use worksheets you already have?  Making a PDF into an editable Google file is extremely easy.

Step 1: Go to a free PDF converter.  I like using this one (it’s free.)  You will upload your PDF file and download a ZIP file of all PNG (picture) files.

Step 2: Extract the files into a location you can find onto your computer.  (Right click > Extract)  Extracting puts the individual files into a folder for you that you can access.

Step 3: Open up your Google Drive and create a new Google Slides file.

Step 4: Go to File > Page Setup.  Click on Custom.  If the worksheets are vertical, your dimensions will be 8.5 x 11.  If the worksheets are horizontal, the dimensions will be 11 x 8.5.

Step 5: Go to Insert > Image > Upload from Computer.  Find the PNG file for the page of your former PDF that you want students to complete.

**UPDATE: If you right click on the slide then change the background, this will prevent the students from moving the image.

Step 6: If your students are proficient with Google Slides, you can be done.  For my elementary students, I like to add text boxes anywhere where they need to type. To insert a text box, go to Insert > Text Box.  Now, draw it where students will need to type.  You can adjust text size and font.

Step 7: Now you’re good to go!  You can now insert it into a Google Classroom assignment.  Don’t forget to select “Make a Copy for Each Student” once you’ve uploaded it to an assignment.  Students can now do a worksheet digitally.

Hope this was helpful!  The product I used in this example is my Titanic Measurement Pack.  I also think this concept would work great for spiral daily work, like my Daily Geography pack.

If you want more interactive resources, I do have a number of interactive ready-to-go Google Classroom resources such as my Digital Task Cards for Math, Gratitude Journal, and Digital Graphic Organizers.

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  1. Do you think the text boxes could be completed with a text-to-speech option? I wonder if I could add audio to read the materials simply by tapping on them. If so, I think this would make worksheets usable for my legally blind student who likes to use her iPad because she does have some vision.

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