This Scanner Does Something All Teachers & Students Will Love

Scenario 1: So you just wrote something great the old fashioned way: on a piece of paper. Now you want to share it with your friends, a loved one, your teacher or your students.

Scenario 2: You have a few great printed photos that you think would look great in Instagram. But you don’t have a scanner and taking a picture of a picture is just a huge hassle.

Scenario 3: You are a teacher and wish students could simply scan their homework assignments in and send them to you via a Dropbox-like system. ( Ideal for distance or online-learning organizations.)

The Solution: There’s a new scanner that’s just been released that makes it easy, fast, and cheap to scan just about anything and quickly send it automatically to a storage cloud as well as social networks, iPads, iPhones, Evernote, Google Docs, and more. It’s called Doxie (cute name, no?) and it’s definitely worth checking out. It runs about $119 for an ‘education’ version which is simply a lower price point of the regular scanner for teachers and students.

Disclosure: I was given a Doxie scanner to test out but was not paid in any way to write this review. After using Doxie a bunch though, I just had to share this great device with others.

Here’s some of the ways both teachers and students can use Doxie

  • Digitize notes
  • Copy and e-mail handouts
  • Share course materials
  • Convert written paper to PDF
  • Send any piece of paper to Evernote, Google Docs, or social networks for instant collaboration

How It Works:

Doxie is a single-page scanner that uses USB for both connectivity and power. There’s just one cord for the entire scanner. Doxie even comes with a nice leather carrying pouch that makes it easy to take with you or store somewhere without worrying about breaking it.

When you first start up Doxie, you’re instructed (by the manual) to install some software from the Doxie website. After that, the controls are simple and straightforward. Big buttons for everything Doxie can do:

As you can see, you can select what dpi you’d like to scan your document in. 300 is pretty standard but the ability to scan to 600 dpi means your photos will still look terrific and won’t lose any clarity. If you send them to Facebook though, they’ll get roughed up but that’s not Doxie’s fault :)

Example Scan

I played around with Doxie for a few hours and really enjoyed it (obviously) but don’t want you to take my word for it. Check out the scan I did of the back cover of this week’s Time magazine. Notice the intentional rip I did in the top right to prove that this was indeed something scanned

Want to learn more about Doxie? Click here if you are a teacher and click here if you are a student.

Usage Gallery

The following images are from screenshots taken on my iMac while using Doxie. It works on PCs too though!

I’m happy to share more of my experience with anyone and everyone. Just leave a note on the Edudemic Facebook wall or send a tweet to @edudemic!

6 Comments

  1. gwaddell

    August 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hmm, if you have to use a .edu address to get the discount, then every high school and below educator was just shut out of the discount! My district's address is a .net or a .k12.nv.us.

    It is very frustrating that these companies think that university professors and university students are the only people worthy of an educational discount.

    • Paul Scandariato

      August 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      You don't need to use a ".edu" address specifically to purchase Doxie — your other e-mail addresses will work too. You'll just be asked to identify which school you're from. All teachers and students are welcome to purchase here — http://www.getdoxie.com/store/


      Paul Scandariato
      Apparent

    • Jeff

      August 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      That was my (incorrect) assumption and I’ll be sure to amend the review to show that you don’t need a .edu address for the education pricing. Thanks Paul and gwaddell!

  2. VM55

    August 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    does this have a Twain driver?
    or Twain compatible?

  3. Paul Scandariato

    August 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    No. We see TWAIN as an antiquated standard that, in practice, isn't well suited for a modern paper scanner like Doxie. We disagree with TWAIN's "catch all" approach, and prefer to provide our own software to provide a superior user experience.

    Doxie integrates directly with local and web-based applications, sending scans to any local program or a variety of online services. As a result, you can use Doxie with nearly any program — scan the document, choose where you want to send it (Acrobat, Google Docs, Evernote, etc.), and that's it. It's all very simple because we've designed the entire user experience from scratch.


    Paul Scandariato
    Apparent

  4. jaket kulit

    June 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

    nice for share..thanks