paperless classroom

Creating a paperless classroom has quickly become a modern trend in education that can certainly influence students and teachers alike. You may feel doubtful, but there are ways to increase learning by eliminating paper while benefiting students with the advancements of technology. It’s an ongoing process, but going paperless can help a class stay systemized, make better use of time, open lines of communication, and better the environment.

Take digital notes: Utilize the full capabilities of your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Typing your class notes, thoughts, and ideas is much easier, faster, and structured versus hand-writing them down. You no longer have to worry about losing your homework or misplacing your notes. There are many note-taking apps that can be downloaded on your smartphone or tablet, to further simplify the process. Plus, you no longer have to carry around heaving textbooks, as digital formats encourage seamless note-taking. Make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Online homework: Complete and submit assignments online, chat with peers, post questions, comment and get involved with your class. To submit an assignment, simply pull out your tablet device, click send, and boom – it’s in. Create a classroom blog to encourage student collaboration. And teachers, as far as I know, dogs can’t eat digital homework, so no more last minute excuses from your students! Plus with digitized time stamps upon submission, you can easily distinguish when an assignment is handed in late. No more lugging around large amounts of homework papers to grade. Plus going paperless provides more time to utilize in the classroom, as digital files will streamline simple tasks such as distributing and collecting papers.

Utilize the computer lab: Take advantage of the computer laboratory in your educational institution. You can even start by making it an “exam lab” strictly for tests and quizzes. Whether it be a true/false, multiple choice or essay-based exam, by taking it electronically students can answer their answers quickly and efficiently. Plus, when it comes to group projects students can effortlessly ensure each member puts in their fair share of collaboration through audit history features provided by programs like Google Docs/Drive.

Implement document management: Keep better track of student records and grades, quickly pull up old assignments, and solve document storage problems. Document Management systems can improve productivity in a paperless environment, where sharing and collaborating on digital worksheets is a breeze. Critical documents stay secure and controlled, and your institution can effortlessly comply with retention mandates.

By creating a paperless atmosphere, you are not only saving money, time, and space but you are also keeping the classroom and those in it better organized and knowledgeable about the technology of today. Not to mention, you are doing your part in keeping our environment safe.

Encourage your students to become better acquainted with the digital tools of the future, and as an educator, do not be afraid to embrace this new technologically enhanced world. Who knows, you might also encourage students to live their lives with a reduced reliance on physical documents to create an eco-friendly, paper-conscious future. Slowly but surely, the transformation to a paperless classroom is happening.

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