A frequent question in Grade 11 and 12 assessments requires you to understand how a user might take the hard copy of a document and use it to create a digital copy of that document. The piece of knowledge being tested here is OCR software. Practically following the below exercise will help you understand this piece of theory!
How can a teacher take a hard copy of a test (for which the original digital file has been lost) and make changes to it?
- Use a scanner to scan the hard copy of the document & save it as a PDF
- Use OCR software to convert the scanned document into a digital, text document
- SuperGeek Free Document OCR works very well and as the name suggests is free
- Use word processing software such as Microsoft Word or a text editor such as Notepad++ to make the changes to the digital version of the document
The OCR conversion can also be done by:
- right-clicking the PDF document, opening it with Microsoft Word 2016 and saving the files as a .docx.
- uploading the PDF document to Google Drive and opening the PDF with Google Docs, then downloading it as a .docx