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From Image, voice and handwriting to text

02.02.2016
OneNote learning tools
Koen Timmers
by Koen Timmers
Educator - Author - Keynote speaker - Global Teacher Prize 2017 finalist

Words, words, words. If only Hamlet had access to OneNote... Did you know this strange looking code which is called a CAPTCHA prevents webmasters from spam? But did you also know that people are daily spending 500.000 minutes by filling in Captcha codes and that Luis von Ahn - the inventor of the Captcha made sure that it now helps in the process of digitalizing manuscripts? 

In this article I'd like to show you how OneNote and Office Lens - both free tools/apps - help you to convert images, voice and handwriting to text.  

1: Image to Text

Office Lens is a free app available for Windows Phone, Android and iPhone.

Once installed it allows you to take a picture, convert this picture and bring this to OneNote. In OneNote you right-click this picture and choose "Copy Text from this Page of the Printout".

Click somewhere in the page (or in other software like MS Word) and Paste the text.

2: Handwriting to Text

OneNote allows one to write with a pen or by mouse. The pen (surface) is a lot more interesting to write with though. 

Write some words, select this handwriting and hit the button Ink to Text. Your handwriting will be converted to editable text. 

3: Voice to Text

Learning tools is a free OneNote addin. After installing the addin you'll discover a new tab in OneNote. 
Hit the button Dictate. You are now able to speak and your voice will be recorded and converted to editable text. 

4: Text to Voice

Learning tools is a free OneNote addin. After installing the addin you'll discover a new tab in OneNote. 

Select the text. Hit the button Immersive Reader.

Your text will appear in a new window. The font size will increase. Hit the button Play in the bottom. Your text will be read aloud. 

Bonus: searching

The interesting part is that the search box of OneNote allows to search text, handwriting and images. 

Have fun!

 

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