As a special education teacher, I have to fill out forms on a regular basis. I complete an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) on all of my students each year. The full plan can be anywhere from 5-15 pages long. Though the state has a computer program that creates these forms, our district has opted not to purchase it. So.....that means I fill out each page of the IEP using a carbon triplicate form. That requires a lot of time that I do not have to give. It takes away time that could be used to help my students. As a way of trying to give my time back to my students, I came up with a way to cut down on the time it takes to fill out the paperwork.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create fill-in forms from existing forms. Though the development of the fill-in forms will take time, once completed, it should greatly cut down on time spent on paperwork. You will be able to use Adobe Acrobat 6.0 to complete paperwork by electronically filling in, editing, and saving information.
NOTE: I came up with this method without the use of any Adobe Acrobat Manuals. I did consult the Help menu of the program, but found it to be much too technical to be easily understood. I have included a list of manuals on the Additional Information page of my tutorial that might assist you in creating your forms as well as working with other aspects of Adobe Acrobat.
Throughout this tutorial are screen shots to visualize the steps described. By clicking on the images, you can view a larger version of the images. Because some of the screen shots are of large areas, some of the images will take a few minutes to load. Please be patient.
My Presentation of this Tutorial at ROE 11 Fall Classic, Charleston, Illinois. October 8, 2004. -- Outline -- PowerPoint
My intended audience is teachers who would like to cut down on the amount of time it takes them to fill out forms.
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Updated: October 10, 2005
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