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What is a document scanner? Selecting the best book scanner for its class

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A document scanner is a modern replacement for overhead projectors, although document scanners are a vastly improved technology. A high-tech document scanner allows you to project documents and anything else digitally. If you are considering purchasing a book scanner for your classroom, there are a few things you will want to consider to ensure that you end up with the right model for you.

Cost of the item

As you know, the final cost will depends on the type of camera, scan capability, features, and brand. Most document scanner runs between $100 and $1,000, and the more expensive options typically offer more options and capabilities.


Connectivity is a big concern for many instructors and teachers. You need to make sure that the document scanner connects with the technology you already have installed and that it is easy to connect, disconnect and reconnect when you need it.


Joyusing document scanners and document cameras offer a high degree of portability. Consider the simplified versions that are easily portable, the ones with wireless connectivity and remote access, to increase portability in the classroom. Additionally, a document/book scanner can be a great inclusion in the modern classroom, with its ability to project into physical and digital spaces, making it great for both classrooms and virtual students.

The characteristic of coincidence

Although most document scanners have similar capabilities, some features (remote controls, split screens, wireless connection) are not as widespread. Know what your requirements are and buy the best online at affordable prices.


As with digital connectivity, you’ll want to do some research and make sure that any document camera will also integrate with your current software, or that it comes with software inclusions that will make it easy to use. The relatively low price of document scanners means a high return on investment, making it one of the easiest purchases to carry out in classrooms. 

Read and write together with your students

Even in today’s high-tech classrooms, teachers and students still depend on textbooks, brochures, and other printed materials. Use the document scanner to follow the textbook or novel, to display a brochure, or to inspect a table, map, or graph as a whole class activity. If you teach younger students, your book scanner can bring story time to life and ensure that all students can see the photos. Your classroom document scanner is also an invaluable tool when you want to show your writing in class and review it with your students.

Return “Show” to “Show and Tell”

Students love Show-and-Tell system. It’s a classic school theory that encourages even the most reluctant students to share a little more about their lives. But how often can the whole class actually see what is being displayed? The next time your student proudly brings a toy, place the object in the document camera so the whole class can see it in impressive detail.


There are many more ways to get the most out of your document scanner. No matter how you decide to use the document camera in the classroom, the objects you display will be displayed in True-HD on your computer screen. The possibilities are endless.

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