Paperless Classroom Series: Genius Scan+

For many of us, we find ourselves in a transitional point in education. At Burlington, this transition has happened abruptly with the integration of the iPad. With in the matter of a year, we have gone from sparsely using technology in our classrooms, to having it with us and our students daily. While there is no denying that the classroom landscape is changing and will continue to change, we, as educators, must make strides to keep content and technology current with the ever-changing, global economy that our students will enter. More and more, these applications are interconnected and intuitive. One of those applications is Genius Scan.

Genius scan is a free application or $2.99 for Genius Scan+. Genius Scan can take any paper document you have and digitize it. What sets Genius scan aside, is that you can take your scans and push them to cloud applications such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, Skydrive, or email. Images or documents can be saved as a JPEG or PDF and in color or black and white. Genius Scan also lets the user scan multiple images into one file. So that packet or syllabus that you previously handed out to your class can now simply be shared via Google Drive or Dropbox.

This application is easy to adapt to as well. And I use the term ‘easy’ lightly because I used it at a conference once and got corrected by another educator in the room for using this term. So, when I say easy, I mean it is intuitive and could probably be learned in the span of thirty minutes.

And that’s all it takes.

This app is an essential step in creating a classroom environment that limits paper use because it integrates with various cloud based applications that students can access. And, it is a quick way to digitize items that you want to use in class. Now, one of the misnomers with moving in a paperless direction is that we are not really changing our classroom when we are simply taking old content and placing it in a digital format. That is not innovating the learning process. Use Genius Scan to take quality, engaging print content and digitize it for your students to access, annotate and organize.

In the next segment, I will discuss applications that will allow students to access your scanned digital content, annotate it, and return it to you. Below is a quick video overview of Genius Scan+ procedures.

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