Tips and Resources for a Paperless Classroom

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” By Paul J. Meyer

paperless-greenYou can go paperless, or at least reduce the use of paper in your classroom many different ways. It is easier if you are a school that has Bring Your Own Technology/Device (BYOT or BYOD) implemented but not impossible to do without devices. Below are a few tips/ideas to help you get started along with some other Paperless resources.

1. Decide on a workflow. Have students submit assignments and homework via online. Use sites such as Gaggle, Edmodo, Moodle  etc

2. Use web tools for productivity! Have student’s….

– create ebooks using flipsnack or scribble press

– present material using PowerPoint, Slide Rocket or Prezi

– keep a digital portfolio via Evernote, WikiSpaces or Mahara

– collaborate in real time using Google Docs, Zoho Documents or Mur.ly

– represent their knowledge (informal or formal assessment) through Todays Meet, Edu Glogster, Show Me or Poll Everywhere

3. Have your students blog instead of writing stories, reading responses or essays.

4. Use individual whiteboards to work out problems or brainstorm.

5. Use a doc camera or interactive whiteboard instead of showing examples on paper

6. Have more class discussions and debates!

7. Have students collaborate using 1 piece of paper verse 4. It also allows them to practice 21st century skills of collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

8. Keep a grade book online or by using a spreadsheet

9. Create eNewsletters, use email or vodcast to share out what is happening in your classroom.

10. Use a wiki or website to display hotlists, webquests and resources so students are active in their learning instead of passive.

This year in my personal life I have been trying to go paperless as well, to practice what I preach. Some of the things I have started changing is having all my bills as online payments, grocery lists are now in my Evernote or Notes App and I am having stores email me my receipts.

Paperless Resources

Paperless Coalition

Prezi- The Paperless Classroom

Paperless Classroom Blog

Paperless Classroom Website

5 Applications to Help go Paperless

Please share any tips or resources you have for making your classroom or personal life paperless!

10 thoughts on “Tips and Resources for a Paperless Classroom”

    1. I love the idea of Paperless Testing if we need to test but I do believe more in portfolio based assessments- of course digital portfolios.

  1. Great point on item #7. Setting limitations for classroom activities such as this will help students be more critical with their decision-making skills. These sorts of “challenges” will also help them realize and build character as a member of a group.

    1. One thing that helped my parents is I made a list of places around that had free wifi; many parents loved this as many didn’t realize McDonalds and other local places had it. I have not have anyone not have a device, even in a title one school. I also try to utilize Google Drive and Evernote that don’t need wifi to do the work and then once they come to school where there is wifi, it can sync. I hope that helps.

  2. I liked that you pointed out that using things like power point or google doc can help you make a classroom paperless. I wonder if having a good pair of headsets with mics can help online classes debate without paper. At the very least it would be nice to at least try it.

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