Word 2013 Document to a Picture Using PowerPoint 2013

frustrated-work-293jt042412I am frequently asked to update our school website with flyers and pictures of upcoming events.  Since I’m using Sharepoint 2010, I either need the items to load as a PDF or some sort of picture file (jpeg, png, gif, etc.) in order for those outside of our organization to view and download items.  Many of our teachers and staff create really cute flyers using Microsoft Word 2013, so I typically just save them as PDFs to upload and share in a document library.  However, there are those times when we want the actual flyer to appear as a picture on our site.  And currently, none of the image formats are options in the Word 2013 Save As list. Uggh!

Google searches have been really handy in locating a wide range of solutions, but I stumbled upon another solution completely by accident the other day and thought I’d share with the eduverse.  Here’s what I did:

  • Open a blank new slideshow in PowerPoint 2013.
  • Click the Insert tab, then select Object (it’s in the Text group).
  • Once that opens, select Create from File and browse to your Word document.  Got it?  Click Ok.
  • Now, right click on the Word doc in the slide and select Save As Picture.
  • Voila!  You now have an image file of your document.

This may have been the hard way, but it works for me every time.  Do you know of an easier way?  Comment below or on Twitter @thetechladyblog.

Happy Tech-ing!

Using the Eduverse – Social Networking at Its Best

Yesterday, I was in a state of panic.  Our first Parent Town Hall Meeting is fast approaching, and we need to advertise to ensure we get great participation and a gourmet meal prepared by our very own Chef Brown!  I needed a flyer to pass out to students before they leave for Thanksgiving Break, but I was having a complete mental block on a design.

Enter the Eduverse – that collective body of educators ready and willing to help at the drop of a hat.  I’ve never really been a networker per se, but the concept of the Eduverse presented by Kevin Honeycutt (kevinhoneycutt.org) presented at this year’s GaETC was really enlightening and inspiring to me.  He talked about leveraging the power of thousands of people who are smarter and more creative than I am to help solve the problems I encounter as an educator on a daily basis.  What can I use to get to the kid who sleeps in my class every day?  How can I get my class excited about reading the books on the county’s reading list?  Is there a free video that ties in with my lesson today?  Enter the Eduverse!

By simply sending out a quick SOS email to the Parent Liaison group, I was able to get not one, but 5 sample flyers and permission to modify them to my heart’s content in less than an hour!  I’m starting to see Twitter and Facebook in a whole new light.  I don’t have to be the smartest, most creative, most innovative person in my circle.  I just have to ask for help and work smarter, not harder.

For more on the Eduverse and the power of social networking, check out Kevin Honeycutt’s session Connecting to the Eduverse on ESSDACK – http://www.ihigh.com/essdack/video_897173.html

Happy Teaching!