Portable scanner

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  1. Mrs.Giggles

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    I have a Promethean Board in my classroom. I love it, but I hate that I don't have a scanner. I would love to model how to complete activities with my students, and this would be easier if I had the worksheet enlarged on the board.

    I have been looking at scanners, and I found this portable one. It looks perfect for what I need, but I wanted to know if any of you had any experience with a scanner similar to this one.

    Thank you!

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/vupoint...p?id=1218410803410&skuId=3512117#tab=overview
     
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  3. Ted

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    Mrs. Giggles, I do have the scanner and used it once or twice. I have heard many good things, but I didn't have much luck (may be user error?)

    I ended up with a ScanSnap S1300i scanner and couldn't be happier. I even got my students' families to purchase one for me for the classroom. Very easy to use and I liked that I could feed more than one sheet in. I didn't have to move the wand over the paper and hope I did it straight or study. Also, it has software where you can have your documents feed automatically into folders, Evernote, etc. :)

    However, it IS more expensive than the Vupoint (just so you know).

    Hope this helped somewhat. :)
     
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    What about a document camera? They have fairly inexpensive models now, and you could use it for more than just pieces of paper. I *LOVE* having one.
     
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    Thank you! Ted, I did look into that scanner, but I'm looking to stay under $100 for budget reasons. Also, I just needed something that I could use to scan pages from a book that wasn't so big and bulky. However, I will keep the other scanner in mind.

    Yellodaisies, I would LOVE to have a document camera. I'm actually thinking of starting a Donor's Choose project for one as it would be so incredibly beneficial for my students. I just can't spend $300+ on one right now. :-(
     
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    There are document cameras on Amazon for under $50. I don't know how they are as far as quality, but you definitely don't need to spend $300 for one as long as you can have it hooked up to an existing projector. I'd bet there are some threads here about the different options if you do a forum search.
     
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    A cheap-ish webcam or a lightweight videocam can make fine document cameras, when connected to a computer that can connect to a projector. It helps to have the camera on an arm that can be raised and lowered, but those are pretty easy to fake - there used to be an assortment of YouTube videos that explained how.
     
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    Yes, doc cam.

    And if you go on you tube you can actually make your own for about forty bucks these days.:D
     
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    I was also going to suggest going with a cheap document camera. Much more useful than a scanner, especially if all you want to do is project.
     
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    Hmmm.... I may just put that on my wishlist and purchase it with my next pay check. I ended up purchasing the scanner yesterday afternoon as well.
     
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    Oh! Okay, good. I hope it works out well for you. :) Definitely user-friendly!

    I believe I've heard that for things that are a bit wrinkled, you can always use a transparency to flatten it out and run the scanner over the transparency.

    Also, what's nice about the scanner you purchased: you can scan fabric patterns, etc. :)
     

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