Are your students downloading the PDFs, filling them out, and then having them save 'blank'? Here are a few things you need to know about fillable PDFs as well as an option for a workaround that works well in Google Docs.

Getting Answers to 'Save' in Fillable PDFs

In order for fillable PDFs to 'save' answers, students need to have Adobe Reader on their computers, and open the resource sheets using Adobe.

Steps:

  1. Download the resource sheet, save it on their drive in a folder

  2. Open Adobe, and then open the file.

  3. When they fill out the answers, they will save.

  4. Save the completed sheet with their name, and submit to you.

My Students Don't Have Adobe Reader, how can they view PDFs?

One alternative is to use a free online tool to view PDFs. As of Nov 2021, we have tested the free Kami web app and it works well for students to view/fill PDFs and be able to save the versions for submission.

Workaround for Google Doc

If you want to make the PDFs into a google-friendly format/sharable, there is a workaround that will take the teacher a bit of time, but does the trick.

Steps:

  1. Download all of the fillable PDF resource sheets/quizzes that you want to use with your students, save them to a folder.

  2. Use an online free tool (such as https://pdf2doc.com/)to convert those PDFs to Word documents.

  3. Upload those Word documents into Google - they can convert to Google docs and they look pretty good. There will be blank lines instead of a fillable box, but the idea is basically the same.

  4. You can then share these docs with your students

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