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Using a scanner app for resources

I have to share this: Using a scanner app is a great way to collect and share resources with your students.

Sometimes you are not around a photocopier or scanner and you might want to copy text from a book, or a diagram from a textbook. Taking a normal photo with your phone is an option, but particularly when photographing text, it just doesn’t come out very well.  In that case, I recommend you download a scanner app for your phone. The result is of a very high quality and it just looks better than a normal photo.

I have tried these two apps: Scanner Pro (my preferred one, $2.99 when I last checked) and JotNot (free when I last checked).

Below are two examples. I use this technique a lot. Perfect for when I’m reading a history book on the train and want to share key quotes or passages with my students. 

OVERY, R. J.. THE THIRD REICH: A CHRONICLE. LONDON: QUERCUS, 2010. 34.

OVERY, R. J.. THE THIRD REICH: A CHRONICLE. LONDON: QUERCUS, 2010. 34.

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BROSZAT, MARTIN. HITLER AND THE COLLAPSE OF WEIMAR GERMANY. LEAMINGTON SPA: BERG :, 1987. P 148.

BROSZAT, MARTIN. HITLER AND THE COLLAPSE OF WEIMAR GERMANY. LEAMINGTON SPA: BERG :, 1987. P 148.