About TechnoKids PDF Files

TechnoKids Teacher Guides, Student Workbooks, and some resource files are in PDF format. They have been locked against digital editing but can be printed or viewed digitally. We have enabled commenting on these files in order to allow adding notes or answering questions. In order to accomplish this please see the sections below to learn how to install the necessary software that will allow annotation in the files.

If you are a Windows user, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you are a Chromebook user, you will require a PDF Chrome extension. If you do not have install privileges for your device(s), please contact your System Administrator. They should allow read and write privileges to allow users to save annotations to a document.

Optionally, you can still use the files in any PDF viewer. Not all workbook assignments require the student to input an answer. You can ask questions in a discussion format, or print a worksheet that may require individual answers. All student workbooks have been provided as individual worksheets allowing for selective printing.

Windows Users

Here are some tips for getting started on a Windows device. If you received your TechnoKids project in a compressed, or zipped, format, the files will need to be extracted from the compressed state before use. Compressed filenames end in .zip. The folder icon will look like it has a zipper on it.

Although Windows comes with a PDF Reader, Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to properly open and annotate a TechnoKids PDF file. Contact your System Administrator to allow read and write privileges to all users.


  1. Go to the place where the zipped file is located. If you downloaded the file from an email it is most likely in your Downloads folder.
  2. Right click on the folder and choose Extract All....
  3. In the Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders dialog box you can choose a destination to extract the files. By default, the folder will be extracted to the same location as the zipped folder.
  4. Tick the option to Show extracted files when complete.
  5. Click Extract.
  6. Now you can open the folder to view the files.
  1. Visit Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the version for your operating system.
  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader DC from the desktop shortcut or the Program menu.
  2. Click the File menu and choose Open.
  3. Browse to the location of the TechnoKids curriculum.
  4. Select the desired TechnoKids PDF file.
  5. Click Open.
  1. Once the file is open as described in the previous step, click Comment in the task pane.
  2. Choose an annotation tool from the Comments toolbar. (Add text comment, Add text box, Use drawing tool).
  3. Click in the document and type to annotate, or click and drag to draw.
  4. Choose Save As from the File menu.
  5. Edit the filename to save a copy of the annotated file and keep the original intact.

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Chromebook Users

Here are some tips for getting started on a Chromebook. If you received your TechnoKids project in a compressed, or zipped, format, the files will need to be extracted from the compressed state before use. Compressed filenames end in .zip.

You may already have a PDF viewer installed, however, you will need a Chrome browser extension to properly open and annotate a TechnoKids PDF file. Contact your System Administrator to allow read and write privileges to all users.


  1. Open File Manager. View the place where the zipped file is located. If you downloaded the file from an email it is most likely in My Files | Downloads.
  2. Double click on the file.
  3. Once you've double-clicked, notice the zip file has been mounted and is located in the sidebar of the File Manager alongside your Downloads folder, Google Drive account, and any other services you've mounted.
  4. Use Alt+click to produce shortcut menu and choose Copy.
  5. Click More in the top right corner of the File Manager window and choose New Window.
  6. Click to select Google Drive from the sidebar. Create a new folder or open an existing folder.
  7. Press Ctrl+V to paste the copied folder into this location.
  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Visit the Chrome web store.
  3. Search for one of the PDF extensions:
    • XODO Chrome extension
    • Kami Chrome extension
  4. Click Add to Chrome.
  5. Follow the onscreen prompts to add it to the browser.

Note: You may be prompted to give permission to allow the extension access to Google Drive. You must allow this in order for extension to access the PDF files.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Sign in to your Google Drive account.
  3. Upload the desired TechnoKids Resource file/folder to your drive.
  4. Double click on a PDF file to open.
  5. Click the Open with menu at the top of the window.
  6. Choose the PDF extension you installed.
    • XODO PDF Reader & Annotator
    • Annotate with Kami

You may be asked to allow XODO access to Google Drive. You will be prompted to sign in to your Google account again and give both read and write permissions. Follow the onscreen instructions to give access.


  1. Once the file is open as described previously, click Free text from the toolbar.
  2. Add a text box by clicking in the desired place in the document.
  3. Replace the default text, [Insert text here], with the desired text.
  4. If you want to add a check mark, click Freehand tools. Choose a colored pen. Click and drag to draw.
  5. To save, click the arrow beside Save and choose Google Drive.
  6. To reopen the file, return to Google Drive and open the the file with the XODO PDF Reader & Annotator as before.

You may be asked to allow Kami access to Google Drive. You will be prompted to sign in to your Google account again and give both read and write permissions. Follow the onscreen instructions to give access.


  1. Once the file is open as described previously, click Text Box in the Tool panel.
  2. Pick a font size and text color.
  3. Click on the document to add a text box. Type to add text.
  4. If you want to add a check mark, click Drawing. Choose a pen size and color. Click and drag to draw.
  5. To save, click Save and choose My Drive.
  6. To reopen the file, return to Google Drive and open the the file with Annotate with Kami as before.

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