Splitting PDFs

I don’t know about any one else, but sometimes I want my documents to be part of a set, as in multiple pages, and sometimes I want to use only one page.

I’m currently a high school ICS teacher and frequently make documents outlining the steps to perform a specific mathematical process.  In my head, putting them together, particularly by unit, is a logical step.  But sometimes, I only want one of those pages.  Well, this is a great FREE site  http://www.splitpdf.com/.  It will split your multi-page pdf into separate pdfs for printing, sending, and posting individually.

I just used it to separate this page from 5 or 6 associated but currently unneeded pages.  It worked like a charm and it was FREE!

Check it out!  How Cool Is That?


PS. Just a note… The site has an ad on it, but I used the FREE splitter in the center of the webpage.  It worked great for me.




NJAMLE, 2014

I made my first presentation at a state conference this past Saturday on March 14, 2014 at the NJAMLE State Conference at Kean University, Union, NJ.

Interestingly, this is the very same campus where my journey to becoming a teacher began many years ago.  At the time, it was called Newark State College.  I attended night school because I had been one of those half-hearted students in high school who thought, as so very many of my current high school students believe, that they will get into college because…  well, because that’s the plan!  Not realizing that ‘the plan’ required diligent, hard work to get there, I and many like me fell into the trap of thinking that somehow, it will all just come together.

Needless to say, it didn’t ‘just come together’ for me.  I started college classes at 5:00 PM Monday-Thursday nights.  I took two classes an evening; one from 5:00PM- 7:15PM and the other 7:30 – 10:00 PM.  Going to school at night, however, was not the biggest shock to me.  No, the biggest shock to me was that the other students in the class actually did their homework!  Going to school at night meant that I was 17 1/2 years old in a class with students who were working full time jobs and going to school at night to get their college degree.  They were grownups.  They were 30 years old and older.  They  had paid money out of their income to come to school at night.  They spent time away from their families and they were not there to fool around.  Once all of that hit me, I got it that they did their homework. I got busy.

Read 60 pages?  No problem?  I actually had a geology class where the final exam was to  identify 100 rock samples laid out around the room.  And one woman actually got them all right!  The curve was blown… the next highest grade was 75 and we were all out of luck because she knew them all!

My journey moved on to William Paterson College the following year, finishing on time with the rest of my high school class.   My college days didn’t resume again until in 2001, trying to copy with my PTSD from being a few buildings down from the Trade Towers, I attended Monmouth University to get a Masters Degree in Corporate Communication.  I graduated with honors and a smattering of education courses because I realized I wanted to go back to the classroom.

And so I did.  I had a few positions before I landed in Monroe Township (Middlesex County) in 2005 as a middle school teacher of the handicapped in math and science.   Although I currently teach in the high school, my heart belongs to the middle school.  And how perfect it was to speak about my passion for middle school where it all started for me at a conference about which I am so passionate.

How cool is that?

Technology Integration: Are the incoming teachers really as adept as we think?

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First started on 9/8/2013:

As you may know, I am a high school teacher.  With the new school year and new rosters of students comes the NJACHIEVE initiative for teacher evaluations, integration of the Core Curriculum Standards, Student Growth Outcomes, new technology… Some would even say technology is the new frontier where incoming freshman teachers are supposed to have an advantage.   Being a teacher in today’s schools requires as much dedication, (some might say more dedication) than ever before; especially with the level of technology integration required within the Core Curriculum Standards.

I attended CCA 2013, Core Content Academy 2013, held at Rutgers New Brunswick this summer with the co-sponsorship of the NJDOE.  About three hundred of my colleagues from around the state spent 7 hours a day for a week delving into the standards, what they meant, where they were going.

What we discovered was that technology is the integral vine growing and weaving its way deep into each subject, each standard, at every grade level. Discussing, sharing, learning how we can, as a state, get up to speed to close the achievement gap and truly bring our 21st Century work to our students in our classrooms.  We listened with rapt attention ( no lie…) as the speakers inspired us to meet this challenge head on.  Workshop presenters brought us new ways to look at our teaching methods.  No book selling.  No publishing handouts.  Pure education.  Seasoned teachers thirsty to extend their skills and truly become master teachers of their craft. Gallery walks to examine others’ work.  We came away each day tired but looking forward to bringing it all home to our classrooms.

I grant you that the incoming teachers have a handle on their technology skills.  Well… they know how to text, and they know how to email, and Instagram, and Facebook.  But quite frankly, I haven’t seen any evidence of them being any more skilled at integrating technology into their teaching.

We all want technology integrated into our classrooms.  But integrating technology into an 90 minute block with adept facilitation is no small task.  (Imagine when the blocks are smaller!)  Integrating technology into a classroom of kindergarteners without succumbing to chaos… Quite frankly, you aren’t going to convince me that until my current student body (those graduating in 2013 and beyond) come into the workforce are we  going to see staff that really understand technology’s integrative capacity well enough to use from Day One.  That will be really cool!

Not only will the new staff come to us with pedagogy thoroughly and expertly infused with the proper technology at the the proper time, but the students we teach will flourish in an environment in which they have immersed themselves since… they could swipe an iPad as a toddler.

Which brings me to my friend Barry Saide.  In his blog, Barry posted, ” Technophile or Technophobe: Which Are You? ” Barry adeptly writes about the impact our subtle or mindless actions can have on our colleagues.  His writing brings to us the idea that we can mow down or motivate our colleagues and our students with a look, an intonation, or reaction.

I love when anyone takes the risk to try something new.  How cool is it when any teacher takes the risk of experimenting with a technology?  Some districts are still acquiring projectors while other districts have moved to using iPads, tablets, and phones.

I think it is very cool when teachers (regardless of their years of experience) take the risk to master the skills needed to truly bring technology into their learning environment. I also think we should be willing to understand that while our new hires grew up with microwaves, iPads, Smartphones, and GPS, we should be mindful that these tools, used skillfully from the consumer end, bring an entirely new challenge to the integration into classroom instruction.  Administrative and professional support is still needed to assist all teachers with the level of integration required by the Core Curriculum Standards.

This integration will take time, supported by resilient teachers and supportive workplaces that bring all staff members to a common pedagogical goal.

What do you think?