If you have hard copies of documents, you can easily convert them to digital files by using a document scanner. There are many types of document scanners available, so it is important to find the one that works best for your situation.
- [Instructor] Throughout this course we've talked about how to create and store digital resources. So what are you supposed to do with any hard copies of resources that you've used in the past? In my opinion, the best solution is to find a good document scanner, scan your files, and make them digital. It's a great feeling to decrease the amount of clutter and paper resources that you've saved up over the years. And by scanning them and making them digital files, you can take advantage of cloud-based storage and access them from anywhere you have an internet connection.
One problem with purchasing a document scanner is that there are a lot of them to choose from. When looking into potential ones to purchase, consider some of the following. First of all, size. Is this something you want to be able to take on the go, or that will stay in one spot and you don't mind if it's a little bigger? Next is the scanning size. What size documents does it scan? Does it have built-in Wi-Fi? Most likely you'll be using this to upload documents to the cloud. And if so, you're going to need an internet connection.
Having built-in Wi-Fi allows you to place it in different areas and can make it much more convenient. Next is whether or not it's capable of multipage scanning. Some of the document scanners force you to load one piece of paper, scan it, remove it, load another piece of paper, scan it, remove it, and so on. However, some of them allow for multipage scanning where you can put several documents into the tray and it will go ahead and scan all of them. This often costs a little bit more money, but it may be worth the time and headaches that it does save.
Another thing is that does it upload directly to the cloud? This can be important, because you don't want to load all of the documents onto, say, a drive and then have to upload those again into the cloud. Having one step direct upload into the cloud can be a big time time-saver. Next is ease of use. How easy is it to scan a document and get it into the cloud? Some of them require several steps, where others are as simple as hitting one button.
Finally, I highly recommend that you read comments. Check out the comments and see what people are saying about them. Does it have a high enough resolution? Is it one that is reliable and will give you good scans every time? One of my favorite life hacks that I read about, and it has worked wonders, is to read the three-star comments. Sometimes when you read the one-star comments, you have people mad for no reason. The five-star comments, people like it too much. But oftentimes the three-star comments are when people don't necessarily love it but don't hate it, and they give you some pretty straightforward advice.
So I recommend taking your time to find the document scanner that will work for you, reading comments, making a decision, and then purchasing one. My advice? Take the digital leap and upload your documents to the cloud.
- The benefits of the cloud
- Communicating with students
- Sharing resources
- Assessing students
- Taking notes
- Working with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams
- Integrating a learning management system