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