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Adobe Acrobat 9 Curriculum Guide
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Generating lesson plans with Adobe Acrobat
Being a teacher requires so many non-teaching administrative tasks that sometimes just teaching gets lost in the
paper shuffle. You can automate a number of those paper-based tasks by going digital with Adobe® Acrobat® 9
Pro. In this guide, you learn to use Acrobat forms to simplify the generating of weekly lesson plans. And you can
apply what you learn here to other repetitive tasks as well.
This section shows you how to create a lesson plan template by using a PDF form in Acrobat. A PDF form offers
several advantages over a word-processing document or spreadsheet:
• Updating the form is easy.
• Form elements and non-form elements are separate, so adding information to the form doesn’t disturb the layout
of the form as it frequently does in word-processing documents and spreadsheets.
• Layout is easier because you can place form fields anywhere without disturbing other elements on the page.
• You have a wide range of form fields available.
For your lesson plan template, you will collect most of the information in text fields. In some cases, however, one of
the other types of fields may be useful. Acrobat provides a variety of form inputs (Figure 1).
Figure 1 Acrobat form fields
• Text fields: Let the user type text, such as name, address, or phone number.
• List boxes: Display a list of options the user can select. If the list is longer than space allows, the user can scroll
through the list.
• Check boxes: Present yes-or-no choices for individual items. If the form contains multiple check boxes, the
user can typically select as many or few of these as wanted
• Radio buttons: Present a group of choices from which the user can select only one item. All radio buttons with
the same name work together as a group.
• Combo boxes: Let the user either choose an item from a pop-up menu or type a value.
You can make changes