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Google’s Optical Character Recognition

Have you ever wanted to capture just the text from an image? Or, perhaps, do you want to copy the text from an image with the capability of editing to format the text? If so, Google Drive’s optical character recognition feature is here to assist.

First, you will want to save the image with text to Google Drive. You can do this a couple of ways:

  1. Click and drag the image to Drive. Or,
  2. Right-click/Control-click on an image. Select either “Save Image As” and drag file to Drive or “Save to Google Drive…Save Image to Google Drive” an image will automatically be saved to Drive. Save to Google Drive is a Chrome extension. I highly recommend using this extension to save articles and images to Drive quickly.

Once the image is in Drive, right-click/control-click on the image and select “Open with… Google Docs”.

The picture will appear at the top of the Google Doc. Below the image, the text from the image will appear. You will be able to edit and format the text. read more

Summer PD Roundup

Summer is almost here! It’s a great time to relax, recharge and yes, even level up your technology proficiency. While Tech Tips Tuesday is going on our annual break, we wanted to leave you with some summer professional development opportunities.

Remember, all Northern Buckeye/NWOCA trainings are included with membership at no additional cost. You also have access to our archive of webinars, class materials, and other PD resources. Our training website at training.nwoca.org has all of these and more. If you’re unsure if your district is a member, check out the list on our website. read more

Google Photos in Slides

Some of you may have noticed that the image options for inserting images in G-Suite has undergone a refresh. When you go to add a picture from the insert menu it now has a sub-menu.

New insert menu

The Photos option is what we are sharing in this tip.

Selecting photos will open a sidebar on the right side of your document which then loads pictures from your google photos. Select a photo and then click the add button to add it to your document.

Photos screen

What I find this really useful for is to put pictures that I have taken with my phone into a presentation or document or even a google drawing. read more

Copy Comments and Suggestions in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

I love collaborating with my team (and educators all over NW Ohio!) with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. One of my biggest frustrations is that the comments and suggestions don’t transfer when you make a copy. This means you lose your history of all your collaboration when you duplicate a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.. Now Google is making it possible to copy comments and suggestions any time you make a copy of a Docs, Sheets, or Slides file.

To copy your comments and suggestions, simply select “Make a copy” from the File menu as your normally do. Now you’ll see an option for “Copy comments and suggestions” or “Copy comments.” read more

Comments… comments everywhere!

One of the things we might lose when moving to digital tools is communicating with our students. Just like we can leave notes on physical assignments, we can also do this with our digital assignments in Google Classroom.

There are three basic kinds of comments you can leave students in Classroom.

Class Comments: These are comments that you add to your class stream on the “outside” of an assignment or announcement. This type of comment is visible to the entire class, and can be used to answer questions that anyone might have. read more

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