App, Distance Learning, technology

Scanning Apps for Remote Learning

This is a post for my remote teaching friends or even my friends who are in person but don’t want to touch papers. It’s a scary time we live in and the less we touch the better.

During emergency remote learning in the Spring, I had students send me images of their work. Many of them were HORRIBLE. They would send a picture taken from the side with mostly their bed and pillows in the background, dark or blurry pictures that you couldn’t read, or the HEIC image format that couldn’t be uploaded.

I didn’t want a repeat of the spring so I did some research and found Apps that would work on most phones. I created tutorials for each and I also screen shared my phone during Zoom sessions and demonstrated how to use these apps.

Reasons to Scan vs. send pictures:

  1. You get a better image and you can pick PDF or .jpg (in Genius Scan)
  2. You can crop out the background
  3. You can email it or save it to your Google Drive or OneDrive
  4. You only get one file and not 3 separate submissions from students

Notes App (iPhones)

This app is standard on the iPhone. It will only save as a PDF but you can choose color or black and white.

Genius Scan

I have been using this app for a few years now. I LOVE this app and have shared it with my colleagues. You can send the image as a PDF or .jpg and it’s available for free on iOs or Android. I still use this app even though Notes will now scan.

I created a tutorial slide for my students with some additional information. The template is from SlidesMania (of course!). Feel free to use it with your students if you find it helpful.

click for template

I shared the scanning idea on Twitter the other day and received a lot of requests for more information. I though a blog post would be the best. Hopefully it helps make remote learning a little better for you.

Stay safe friends!

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