At the beginning of 2015, the makers of Evernote released one of my favorite new apps - Scannable. While there are many free scanning apps out there, I have yet to see one with the same amount of power. Not only does Scannable easily recognize and capture multi-page documents, the export options are impressive. Sadly, it is only available for iPhone and iPad.
As you can see in the picture to the right, documents can be shared via email or message. Export options also include saving to an Evernote notebook, saving to the Camera Roll, or exporting to your iCloud or Google Drive account. Our math department regularly uses Google Drive, so I have been able to save quiz keys and other important documents straight from my phone. For teachers using Google Classroom or sharing Google Drive folders, this is a great way to seamlessly share documents straight from your iPhone or iPad. Since I have public Google Drive folders on my class website, this is a quick way to take a picture of a document and make it readily available online for parents and students. With this export option, the possibilities are endless!
In addition to easily scanning documents for my classroom, I have also been using Scannable to track expenses related to my work. I have always had a hard time keeping track of paper documents, especially receipts, effectively. Some make it to my designated folder, but others somehow manage to reach the floor of my car or the bottom of my purse - never to be seen again. Now, each time I make a purchase, I use Scannable to send the receipt to an Accounting notebook I set up in Evernote. When it comes time to do my taxes next year, I will have an organized list of receipts that track my expenses for the year. If only I found this app sooner!
Mattea Juengel is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools.