One device that may get overlooked in creating course materials is a good scanner. In my effort to reduce paper clutter, I searched around for a reasonably-priced scanner. I found Canon’s P-215 to be a great buy. It does a few things well that I enjoy:
- No power cord. It is powered by USB. There is an option to buy the AC adapter but you do not need it.
- Plug and Scan capability. You just plug it in to a USB port, press the Scan button, and your document is scanned. You can scan with or without the included scanner software.
- It can handle multiple documents at once. I believe the limit is 20 sheets.
- It can handle different paper sizes. See Canon’s website for details.
- It scans both sides at once. This reduces the time to scan!
- It can scan directly to Evernote, Google Drive or Dropbox. Useful when you are on the road and want to keep a backup copy.
- Speaking of on the road, it is portable.
I have used this scanner for over a year now and am very satisfied. I bought it after reading the many positive reviews on Amazon and it has not disappointed. There is a newer version (P-215 II), which is cheaper and probably as good as the original P-215, but I have not seen any reviews.
Another recommended scanner is Fujitsu’s ScanSnap iX100. It is similar to the P-215. You may want to check it out as well.