ERIC Number: EJ780986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 0
MFPs: A Bundle of Possibilities
Waters, John K.
T.H.E. Journal, v34 n11 p42-45 Nov 2007
This article describes how the new generation of multifunction printers (MFP) couple diverse software with powerful hardware, bringing a multitude of options to educators. All of the major printer-scanner-copier makers have the education market in their crosshairs, but Lexmark's new Education Station targets K-12 with a unique combination of hardware and software. The system bundles the Lexmark X646dte, a 50-pages-per-minute, monochrome MFP, with applications designed to help elementary, middle, and high schools improve their document management processes. The MFP combines print, copy, scan, and fax capabilities, and comes with a large color touch-screen interface called eTask. The standard software bundle includes Lexmark's Scan to Classroom and Forms on Demand applications, which are designed to give teachers the ability to manage their own documents and reduce the time they spend on paperwork. The Scan to Classroom application allows teachers to send evidence-of-work documents--say, student work that teachers may need for a parent conference--from the MFP directly to a personalized, preinstalled destination on the network--another teacher's e-mail perhaps. Office personnel can use the same icon to scan and e-mail tardy forms, doctors' notes, and permission slips directly to teachers. The Forms on Demand application gives teachers and administrators the ability to access and print files stored on the network directly from the Education Station. The system is now in a pilot phase, and the company is set to introduce a set of testing and grading options meant to help teachers gather exam results and analyze the progress of individual students. The software will allow teachers to print 15-, 30-, or 60-question tests based on bubblesheet templates. The teachers can then scan completed tests back into the MFP, where the software scores them. The machine will then print out a single-sheet summary for each test, with the score, the answer key, and the student's grade. There's even room for teacher comments.
Descriptors: Student Projects, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Conferences, Computer Software, Teachers, Answer Keys, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Computer Peripherals
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