Will paper ever completely disappear from the classroom now more students are getting their own digital devices? The term “paperless” is really not a reality for a lot of classrooms. We should really be thinking of “less paper” as the terminology when transitioning to a digital classroom.
Using Google Apps for students to submit work electronically.
Use Edmodo to adapt tests, assignments and classroom discussions to digital.
Use iPads for digital journals, notes, and annotating any PDF.
Estimate the amount of paper you use per year. Don’t forget to include copies that were made by your district or school copy service.
This number does not represent all the paper used when also including lined paper students use for assignments and spiral bound notebooks.
There are many benefits to using less paper resources in classrooms. One of the most important is cost savings on paper which is also good for the environment, but there is also a high level of efficiency that can be developed in the distribution instructional materials digitally.
Which of these would be more efficient?
Everything does not have to be done paperless. You will find lots of specific actions and directions on how they can easily adapt some of the classroom work to the digital realm. Find the things that are easiest for your students to start with and build from there.
Here are some strategies for easing the transition.
While it is pretty easy to create PDFs of worksheets, this can be an opportunity to change some of the practices that are worksheet driven. Over the long term finding adaptations to instructional practices can save more time as you are having to reproduce less materials for your students learning and they spend more time engaged with creative tools.