Canon Pixma MX340...a replacement for my 5 year old HP all-in-one that gave up the ghost months ago.
It has been my quest the past few months to methodically go through my house and pare down my "stuff." I do this every 2 - 3 years and am always surprised at what I find. This round, I have tried to be especially thorough. There is not a single drawer, cabinet, or box anywhere in the house that I haven't completely sorted through (except for the Christmas stuff...but it's time is coming). I have looked at every book, every keepsake, every piece of clothing, dish, linen, and tool. There have been trips to the dump, to Goodwill, and items moved out via Craigslist. Yesterday, I bundled up all of my old electronics: an ancient (i.e. 7-year old) laptop, the HP all-in-one, 5 cell phones, 2 zip drives, 2 cameras, a Palm Lifedrive, and countless chargers and cables. For $10, Office Depot graciously accepted them all and boxed them up for e-cycling. And I came home with my new friend.
I need this friend. You see, it has an automatic document feeder on the top and wireless capabilities. And here at home, I have a few boxes of files that I want to digitize. Lots of paper from my career never had an electronic form. They were copies handed to me at conferences, dittos from early in my career, articles from my own schooling, and so forth. As I've been sorting this summer, I've realized that I'm not ready to put my teaching career in the recycling bin---but it is not so great that all these little treasures are starting to smell like basement. This is where my BFF comes in. Now, I can easily scan anything I want to hold onto---and across the room, no less---and it will magically appear on my computer desktop, ready to keep and share with others. I'll archive, make a backup copy, and then I can recycle the hard copies from my career.
I started with a milk crate of files this morning. I'm about halfway through, although I've already sorted what I want to scan and what I don't need to keep. It's been a fabulous little journey down memory lane: creativity tests for gifted kids...intriguing labs...interviews students did with polio survivors...projects...and so forth. Since I didn't get the fancy-dancy version of the all-in-one, I can't do 2-sided scanning. But, I can merge things with Acrobat Writer and all will be well.
I plan to upload and share some things here. Perhaps some of my old favourites might find new life in your classrooms. Maybe that little Canon can be your BFF, too.