Office Lens is essentially a document scanning app that makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable and saves them to OneNote. It can also convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files through Office integration.
Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitalize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!
Here's just one example of how I have used this app in the classroom!
I recently found an article about finding a suitable partner online and this tied in nicely some discussions I had been having about marriage with my senior English students in our investigation of themes in Pride and Prejudice. The article was from an old issue of the magazine New Philosopher. I was able to take a picture of the article then, through the use of use optical character recognition (OCR) in the app, the article and image were able to be converted into a Word document. I was then able to save this document to my school's LMS and share it with my students. No photocopying, no wasted paper and no fuss!
My EAL/D students and my students with special learning needs have found this app so helpful because with Whiteboard mode, Office Lens trims and cleans up glare and shadows. It so convenient for students because the pictures taken are automatically saved to the camera roll so they can retrieve all of their images/documents across all devices. If you are a OneNote user you can easily capture student work samples, online documents, class readings and so on using Office Lens then send everything directly to the students' class notebook.
I love that you can take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, recipes from magazines, whiteboards, or even sticky notes and then save everything in your preferred format.
All you need to be able to use Office Lens is a Microsoft Account that is the same as the one registered on your device. Office Lens for iPhone users can share documents securely using Office 365 work and school accounts.
I'm so glad I found this great app!