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Teachers, did you know that you can turn many of your favorite PDF resources from TpT into interactive activities for distance and online learning? TpT Digital Activities make it possible! Students use text, highlighting, pen tools, and more to complete an activity from their devices, and then they submit the activity back to you online.

We hosted a webinar with Teacher-Authors Belinda from BVG SLP and Brenda Kovich to show you how  TpT Digital Activities work and answer questions from the TpT teacher community. Watch the demo on-demand and read some of the helpful tips Brenda and Belinda shared.

How to convert PDFs to digital distance learning activities

Watch the webinar on-demand: TpT Digital Activities demonstration and Q&A

We know it can be overwhelming to get started with a new digital tool, so we made sure TpT Digital Activities are easy and intuitive for you and your students. Watch the webinar to see how simple it is to engage your students and differentiate to their needs with TpT Digital Activities.

How to level up your online instruction with interactive digital resources

Brenda and Belinda shared helpful tips and tricks for using TpT Digital Activities in your online instruction. Here’s some of their suggestions.

1. Try a free TpT Digital Activity. Get to know the ways you can customize an activity with the annotation  tools available by trying a free TpT Digital Activity. Here are three free resources from Belinda, Brenda, and Team TpT.

2. Check if your previous purchases are TpT Digital Activities. You may be able to convert resources you already love into TpT Digital Activities! Visit your My Purchases page and look for an “Open TpT Digital Activity” button (near the “Download” button) of PDFs you previously purchased. You can see how to check if any of your purchases are TpT Digital Activities at around the 20-minute mark of the webinar.

3. Differentiate by creating multiple versions of one resource. Using TpT Digital Activities, you can assign different versions of the same resource to your students. For example, you can send them different pages, provide additional instructions, and more. You’ll always have access to the original resource, and can create as many assignments from it as you need. Bonus tip: rename each version to remember which is which! Watch the webinar around the 21-minute mark to see how you can customize an activity for your students.

4. Virtually model how to complete the activity using the preview feature. When you create a TpT Digital Activity, you can preview how the resource will look for your students before assigning it. But while teaching remotely, you can also use this feature to model how to answer a certain question or complete a specific task. After creating your activity, share your screen with your students, visit the “Preview” tab, and use the annotation features to model how to complete the activity. See how this works at around the 38-minute mark of the webinar.

5. Create a whiteboard for virtual instruction. If you’re using a TpT Digital Activity during live video instruction, you may find it helpful to create a virtual whiteboard within your activity. Simply add in an extra page you don’t need, and use the shapes feature to place an opaque rectangle over all the content of that page. Now, when you share your screen and review the activity with your students, you can use that blank page and the annotation features as a digital whiteboard! See how this works at the 34-minute mark of the webinar.

6. Return an activity to students after grading. When a student completes and submits their TpT Digital Activity, you’ll be able to review their work on TpT, where you can continue to use the TpT Digital Activity annotation features to provide them with feedback. Then, you can send the activity back to a student so they can review your feedback or correct their work. Learn how you can grade TpT Digital Activities online at around the 43-minute mark of the webinar.

7. If you don’t use Google Classroom, assign with a link instead. In addition to assigning TpT Digital Activities through Google Classroom, you can also generate a link to assign the resource through email or your LMS. Note that students will still need a Google account to complete the activity. Learn more about assigning an activity to your students at around the 40-minute mark of the webinar.

8. Check back for more updates to TpT Digital Activities! We’re constantly making improvements to TpT Digital Activities based on feedback we hear from our educator community. Brenda even previewed one of our upcoming updates in the webinar! Be sure to return to TpT Digital Activities often to see what’s new.

TpT Digital Activities make it easy for teachers to turn PDFs into editable, digital resources. And with these tips, you’ll be prepared to create digital activities that keep your students engaged with online learning. Ready to try a TpT Digital Activity in your virtual classroom? Start browsing for an activity for your next lesson.