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Greener Pastures: The Dawn of the Paperless Classroom

Posted by Arey Jones on Mar 19, 2018 10:27:19 AM

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I picked up my son’s backpack the other day, and the weight of it astounded me.

It was so...light. Empty even.

I remembered my school days. I didn’t just wear a backpack; I lugged it. I measured my progress in school by the physical weight of my assignments. I remembered how frustrated my mother would get when I home--yet again--with a broken arm strap or a ripped seam because I had demanded too much of it. After all, aren’t backpacks crammed with notebooks, worksheets, books, and scratch paper a normal part of education?

Not if technology has anything to do with it.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, technology--when appropriately used--can reduce paper usage by up to 30%. Take Bank of America for example (they did). When the largest bank in the country turned to online reports, forms, email, double-sided copying, and lighter-weight papers, it reduced is paper consumption by over one billion sheets of paper. That’s a 32% reduction--on internal operations alone. 

And if Bank of America can do it, so can your school district.

There are several ways to save paper and money through the use of technology. 

  • Use emailed school and class newsletters instead of sending home printed ones.
  • Direct parents toward a consistent website or web page for frequently asked questions, the latest news, or the most recent homework assignments.
  • Store documents in electronic archives for instant retrieval (rather than relying on file cabinets).
  • Encourage the use of on-screen editing features, instead of printing and editing by hand.
  • Share events on a shared calendar with reminders.
  • Use Google Forms instead of worksheets, quizzes, and paper tests.
  • Use Google Drawings for scratch paper.
  • Use OneNote for notetaking.
  • Embrace the cloud system for swift data recovery and increased collaboration and distribution of resources.

But it’s more than just paper schools are saving. Printing supplies--everything from copier purchases to toner to maintenance contracts--are expensive line items. With reduced paper comes reduced printing costs, and printing supplies--everything from copier purchases to toner to maintenance contracts--are expensive line items. Moving to educational technology also saves more precious resources: family time, patience, creativity, sanity, and wear and tear on a backpack you can keep for years.

How does your school save natural resources while unleashing productivity, innovation, and collaboration? We can always help you find more ways.


Topics: Chromebooks, Classroom Technology, Educational Technology, 21st Century School Technology, Technology In The Classroom, Chromebooks In Schools, Healthy Students, Classroom Organization, Paperless Classroom

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