Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

New Page Scanner Eases Workload

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

New Page Scanner Eases Workload

Article excerpt

New Page Scanner Eases Workload

School districts have expressed an interest in optical mark recognition devices such as page scanners to handle attendance records, grading forms, registration materials and progress reports. Scanners expedite administrational and clerical tasks due to the sheer volume of work they can process in a short period of time.

Page scanners have been implemented most often at centralized locations. It would be more effective to have a scanner at every school, but unfortunately this is often prohibited by cost. How could such a valuable resource like a scanner be better used in the education environment?

Up in San Jose, Calif., Mike Pine contemplated that same question. Pine heads the data processing center at the East Side Union High School District. The district was using a scanner that was expensive and overburdened. Pine realized that a new scanner would help ease the workload, especially in processing registration materials for their adult education program.

Pine read an advertisement for the HEI/360 Scanner and requested information on the unit. Scanning Systems, a division of HEI Inc. of Victoria, Minn., maintained that the HEI/360 could scan 5,000 sheets in one hour for almost 10 times less, pricewise, than other high-performance scanners. "Nothing in [the HEI] price range could perform at that level at the time," Pine explains. He was anxious to examine and test the HEI/360 to see if it really was as good as it sounded.

Positive Impact

East Side purchased two units on a 90-day trial basis in April, 1988 to be run with their VAX computers. Pine personally put the units through exhaustive tests to verify performance and reliability. He ran approximately 1,000 forms through the machines twice and compared their performance to the district's current and more costly scanner. There was no difference in the data for either run, and both scanners were very accurate. …

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