Disclosure: I was provided with a Flip-Pal mobile scanner in order to facilitate this review. All opinions, ideas, and photographs remain my own.
Children are naturally drawn to and curious about new technologies. They have no fear of gadgets and they seem to have an innate ability of learning how to use new technologies incredibly quickly. Of course, I am always searching for ways in which to get my kids (ages four and six) more interested in their family history and the people and events of the past who made them who they are today. I thought that using the Flip-Pal mobile scanner would be a great way to use my kids' love of technology to get them more interested in looking at and learning about old family photos, scrapbooks and photo albums.
Probably like many of you fellow keepers of family history, I have a box that looks like this. Old family postcards, wedding invitations, random photos - some are ten years old, some fifty years old. Like all old pieces of family ephemera, they need to be digitized to ensure that they are protected in case of loss, decay, or disaster. I thought, "Why not allow my kids to help me in the process?"
I placed the battery-operated, cord-free Flip-Pal mobile scanner on the ground with the box of photos and asked my four-year-old daughter to join me. (Isn't it the truth that kids are most comfortable on the floor?) She was immediately intrigued by this new gadget. I showed her how it worked and pretty soon, she was scanning like a pro on her own! (It really is THAT simple to use.) As we scanned each photo, we talked about the people in the photo and about how old they were when it was taken. Just this simple exercise of scanning old photos and postcards was exposing my daughter to decades of family history!
We scanned eight sections of this scrapbook page and here is the image after the software stitched it together. The EasyStitch software really did a great job; the image quality compared with the original is just about perfect.
- Important receipts
- Your child's artwork (Yes, even the over-sized ones with the EasyStitch software!)
- Your child's award ribbons, certificates, and/or merit badges
- Recipes that you've printed out or torn out of magazines
- Ticket stubs, postcards, maps, brochures and other memorabilia from family trips
- Greeting cards that you have received from family members
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