However, don't fret because all hope isn't lost! I've recently stumbled upon an amazing tool that may be able to cut down on the number of embarassing losses you'll face each week at the photocopier - Office Lens.
What Is It?
Office Lens - or as of yesterday is called Microsoft Lens - is a free scanning tool that utilizes the camera on your mobile device to scan images. Users can capture these photo's using the whiteboard, document, business card or photo settings - which convert the photo to fit the individual needs of the user. Once the photo has been taken, Office Lens also provides users with various options to edit their image - including cropping, rotating, drawing, annotating, and filters. While these features are great, I believe the crowning achievement of Office Lens is what it does with the images when you are ready to export them. Since this is a Microsoft product, it connects with all other Microsoft applications which means it can convert your image to a PDF, send it to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or right into a Classroom OneNote. These scanned images can also be shared to email or Outlook, Office 365, or as I've recently discovered, Immersive Reader.
Benefits of the Tool
Weaknesses of Tool
Potential for Content Creation
When thinking about traditional content creation, this tool wouldn't fit the same mould as something like Explain Everything or even Quizizz. However, educators could use Office Lens to scan documents or specific images and upload them directly into the Classroom Notebook as part of a lesson. For me, this is the strongest attribute of this app and something I see myself using quite frequently within my classroom. However, I do understand that this may not be the same for others as my 1:1 classroom environment isn't something that everyone has. In the end, even if it is just used for a student to submit their work, it could still be a useful assessment tool for teachers and students.
Has anyone else had experience using Office Lens? If so, what have your experiences been like? Are there other ways than the ones that I've mentioned that you have used this tool for, or could see it being used?