I came across the video below about doodling. I wonder what instructors thoughts are on doodling, both for students doodling in class and for themselves. I wonder whether or not students doodle and if they have realized any benefits from doing so.
In the video Sunni Brown makes the assertion that we should doodle so that we can reap its benefits - namely the ability to better process and retain material.
Do you doodle? Do you allow your students to doodle?
I have talked about making PDFs accessible on this blog before. In addition to being able to search through the text, another of the benefits of running OCR (optical character recognition) on a PDF is that it makes it possible for a person to have the document read aloud or to listen to the document with TTS or text-to-speech technology.
Most of the time the OCR process works without issue. Sometimes however, the OCR will finish and the document says "blank" when it is read aloud. How do you know that a document will be able to be read aloud? I will outline below a few steps you can take to make sure that your PDF will be ready to be read aloud.
Checking Your PDF
So how do you know if your PDF can be read aloud? The following steps will illustrate how to do so in Adobe Acrobat Pro. The first check is to make sure that the document has been OCRed. To check this, you can open the PDF and then click and drag to select the text. If this is successful then this means that the do…
Thursday December 8th, representatives from the Library, IT, and the LEADS offices presented a session about creating accessible PDF documents. Topics covered scanning tips and working with Adobe Acrobat Pro. This was followed by a question and answer period.
Making PDFs accessible is not only important for persons who may need accommodation, but for everyone. A PDF with rendered text is searchable, may be read aloud, and may be marked up or annotated. This makes the document more inclusive and a better tool for teaching and learning, enabling students to engage with the text in different modes.
OCR - What Is It? OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. This is the process in which a software program identifies where it thinks words are by drawing rectangles around them, compares the light and dark pixels to what it knows are particular letters, and finally provides the output of the computer’s guess as to what the text is. In the image below, the boxes are drawn in green and red…