New Squad Member: Sam Patterson on Using the ScanSnap iX500 as a Teacher

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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As a teacher I have been a long-time fan of ScanSnap. When I was introduced to scanning technology in school my approach to in-class paper handouts changed. In many ways a good scanner was really what got me started on my tech integration journey. As an English teacher I struggled with piles of notebooks and tote bags full of essays.

Even as technology has evolved, I still handle more paper than I can keep track of. The best solution I’ve found for addressing this problem has been using the ScanSnap iX500 to digitize everything and Evernote to make it accessible. From Evernote I can organize and share documents from any of my devices. The iX500 and Evernote transformed my resource binders into a searchable resource courtesy of OCR. With Evernote premium, even handwritten notes are now searchable.

I use the ScanSnap for small jobs daily but I love challenging it. My wife scanned more than 400 recipes over the course of three days to transform her bags and boxes of clippings into a searchable database accessible from her phone, iPad, or laptop computer.

Now, I am looking forward to taking on several boxes of paper from when I moved out of my office. Will the ScanSnap help me reduce, reuse, and recycle? I have no doubt it will.

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