How to make paper resources digital using a mobile phone

Schools are awash with paper. Booklets, worksheets, assessments, admin documents…the list goes on and on. Often a paper resource needs to be changed, or shared online but the original electronic version can’t be sourced. Here are 3 easy steps to convert a paper-based resource to a digital  document ready for editing and uploading.

1. Use your mobile to take a photograph of the document. It may seem obvious, but good lighting and a steady hand are important.

2. Upload the image to your DropBox folder. DropBox is available on Android and iPhone and should be installed on both your phone and computer.

3. Use a free online OCR reader. I find New OCR pretty reliable although there are plenty of others out there. Upload the image from your Dropbox folder on your computer to the OCR reader. It should only take a minute to be converted to text, and with New OCR it’s a simply a question of copying and pasting the content to your new document.