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How to easily add photos of student work to PowerPoint

How to easily add photos of student work to PowerPoint

What! What? Microsoft products in Tim's blog?? Yes, yes, it's true. Office Lens was released last week for iOS and is going to save you a ridiculous amount of time. It's been around on Windows and Android for a while.

So yes ! This is going to save you so much time making e-portfolios, editing photos of your students for a blog, and taking pictures of their work to put into documents.

How to easily put photos of student work, white board writing, or photos in general into OneNote, OneDrive, Word, or PowerPoint

Download Office Lens it's free

How to use the App: Choose from Photo, Document or Whiteboard.

Document / receipt / piece of student work

Select Document. The app will throw a box around the object it thinks you are trying to take an photo of, in real time. My photography skills are failing me with the minions are way off centre with a whole lot of stuff I don't want. The white rectangle around the Minions Ester egg box is the area the app thinks I want.

Oh... that will do... Press the red button.

Woah! Done. No editing later on my trusty school computer required ! Note how the Minions box completely fills the frame and is nicely squared up. If I wanted to use part of this image I would click the edit button.

Click Done.

You are then presented with the Export To menu. And that's were you find your time saving options. Previously I would have just emailed it to myself, but now I can send it straight to where I want to use it.

Microsoft say: Choose to convert images to PDF (.pdf), Word (.docx), or PowerPoint (.pptx) files that are automatically saved to OneDrive.


Select Photo. Press the red button.

Notice how I am not very good at taking photos and it is off centre, not horizontal and is at an angle. If part of the image is not in the frame at all click Retake. To edit, click the edit icon top right of screen.

Four circles appear and these you drag to the corners of the object. Oddly on an iPhone this is a two fingered operation, as with one the image just sloshes about. So, have one finger on the screen and use your other to drag the circle to where you want it to be.

You can pinch and zoom to get it just right.

Fiddle about with it until the circles align with the corners of what ever it is you took a photo of.

I'm happy now so I will click Done

Tuddah ! We are good to go. Click done for the Export To options as before.

Oooh ! Nearly forgot... Printed text will be automatically recognized (using OCR) so you can search for words in images and copy and edit them.

You know the thing of going to the library for research, finding the page, paying for a photocopy, taking the sheet home and typing it up. Take a photo of the text instead ! I need to see how small a font it will cope with though.


For making a grab of your whiteboard because the lesson went on for longer than expected because of the fire drill no one told you about.

The emphasis here is on getting nice clear and crispy text. It boosts the contrast to achieve this, so photos look kinda funky.

That's about it. You can pick Office Lens up for free from the link below.

I'd be interested to know how you use this app to save time in the classroom too, so comments are open. Thank you - Tim

Office Lens - Free

These Microsoft Apps are also available for free the Apple App store. All the following apps will work on your iPhone and iPad. You don't need to have these installed to useOffice Lens.

Slideshow Remote® for PowerPoint - Free

Remote control for PowerPoint. No need to be stuck behind the task tapping that space bar. Advance the pages directly from you phone or tablet instead.

Word - Free

Excel - Free

OneDrive - Free

Microsoft Outlook - Free

PowerPoint - Free

If you can recommend any further time saving apps, please do so in the comments. Thank you - Tim.

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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.

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