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Google Lens

Google Lens logoWhat is it?
Google Lens Google Lens is a digital app that allows users to access the camera on their phone to first, examine or identify an object or image and then, search to gather information about it.

What are the benefits?

  • Google Lens can translate text.
  • The app has a feature that reads text aloud to users.
  • Handwritten text can be scanned and pasted into a Google Doc.
  • The app can identify objects and provide users with more information about them.

What are the drawbacks?

  • Users must get really close to an object when taking a photo or Google Lens may misidentify it.
  • The item identified may not be 100% accurate.
  • Students may use Google Lens as a shortcut on homework assignments.

How can it be used in education?

  • English language learners can quickly find names for items they encounter.
  • Google Lens can help math learners solve problems and better understand key concepts.
  • Students with disabilities can scan and have text read to them.
  • Google Lens can be used to identify historical landmarks so that students can find information.
  • The app helps learners better understand the world around them and construct meaning for themselves.

Resource

How to Use Google Lens: The Coolest App You Aren’t Using

Google Lens was used to find out information about the Pole Green church and the Big Chicken.
Scanning to identify this strange structure The results for Pole Green church
scanning The Big Chicken to find more information
Google Lens was able to identify the model of car, but didn’t quite get the year correct.
Scanning to find information on the car
With Google Lens, users are able to take a handwritten list and place it in a Google Doc as typed text. Be sure to write legibly so that the scanner can pick up what you have written.
Scanning the grocery list The grocery list in a Google doc
Google Lens translated this book that is written in German.
Text in a German Book The English Translation
Google Lens identified these boots so that the user can purchase a similar pair.
Scanning boots to find a similar pair

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