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April 3rd, 2020 by Luann

Document Handling from a Phone or Chromebook

Some online platforms have built-in submission options for students and that’s nice. I prefer students to simply organize their coursework in a Google Drive folder as I wrote about in this post. Still, sometimes a student needs to post a picture or scan of some handwritten work. The best strategies I’ve found for doing so are listed below and are working well for my students.

Hints to make your learning opportunities easier:

  1. Here’s a link to how to take a picture with your chromebook camera.
  2. How to insert a picture from your camera right into a Google doc:
    1. In the doc, click the INSERT menu and then IMAGE and then CAMERA.
    2. In the pop-up asking if Google docs can have access to your camera, click ALLOW
    3. Put your object in front of the camera and position it.
    4. Click the yellow circle with the camera icon and then INSERT
    5. Position and re-size your photo in your doc. You’re done! 
  3. And here’s how to scan your work with your phone (this is easy and provides a much more legible document than a simple photo):

On iPhone:

  • Open the NOTES app (this came on your phone)
  • Open a new note
  • Press and hold the camera button and the SCAN option appears
  • After scanning, you can email. 

On Android:

  • Open the Google Drive app (you may have to install this first – its free) 
  • In the bottom right, tap Add.
  • Tap Scan.
  • Take a photo of the document you’d like to scan. Adjust scan area: Tap Crop. Take photo again: Tap Re-scan current page. Scan another page: Tap Add.
  • To save the finished document, tap Done  


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