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Special Download/Print Features

What is Download/Print?  |  What format is provided?  |  How can the documents be used?  |  What about copyright?  |  How you can help



The Download/Print feature is an experimental service that strives to make The Knowledge Loom more useful to our users. You can select from three options:

Download/Print This Spotlight
Creates a printable PDF document of the entire contents of the selected spotlight.
Download/Print This Practice (or Story)
Creates a printable PDF document of the practice (or story) currently displayed.
Download/Print Selections
Creates a printable PDF document of selected contents of a spotlight.

Downloading these PDFs is a little like building your own book. In addition to your selected content, the finished document will contain a cover/title page, an overview page, a table of contents, section dividers (in cases where more than one type of content resource has been selected), a list of the organizations that have provided the content. Pages are numbered and contain headers and footers that identify their sources on The Knowledge Loom. Since The Knowledge Loom is updated frequently, your document is dated and may differ from one download to another.


PDF documents are provided for download to your computer. They can be displayed on screen, saved to your hard drive, printed, or sent to others as email attachments. To view or print a PDF document you need the free Acrobat Reader.


There are many ways these documents can be useful. For example, users can:

  • Read content offline and mark up important passages.
  • Easily pass on content to a colleague.
  • Provide background reading to committee, team, or study group members.
  • Review best practices and supporting literature to help write a school improvement plan, grant proposal, paper, or article.
  • Plan on the content as a resource in a facilitated professional development activity where technology is not available. This works particularly well when using The Knowledge Loom's companion guidebook, Using The Knowledge Loom: Ideas and Tools for Collaborative Professional Development (download at The Guidebook offers ideas for using selected content (practices, stories, research, resources) and provides activity organizers to document the work.



All Knowledge Loom content is protected under copyright. However, we give permission for it to be freely copied and used for non-commercial educational purposes. Whenever the content is used, its original source must be clearly identified (the headers and footers on the printed pages). Also, if you are making multiple copies for a workshop or meeting, we request that you contact us and inform us about the number and purpose of the copies ().


Since this is an experimental service, your input is valuable to us. That is why you are asked to complete a very short survey before receiving your PDF document. Although it is not required, we appreciate knowing your email address. We plan to follow up with a random number of users to learn more about their experience using the Download/Print feature.

Thank you for using The Knowledge Loom.