“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!

Comments on: "Tips and Resources for a Paperless Classroom" (10)

  1. […] Tips and Resources for a Paperless Classroom « Inside the classroom, outside the box! […]

  2. LMSes are great – but what about administering exams? Piles of testing booklets that have to be printed/stored, plus Scantrons? The U of RI gave a great webinar on a few months ago: http://bit.ly/WI2IFo

  3. 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.

  4. […] Today’s students need to achieve 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. In order to cultivate this, I believe in building upon a child’s curiosity and encourage them to pursue new knowledge. What better way to kick start this then on National Digital Learning Day on February 6th, 2013! National Digital Learning day is a great day to start transforming your classroom if you have not already and if you have, then try something new, such as a new web tool, a based learning approach or going paperless! […]

  5. […] I’m a recycler from way back. When we brought technology into our classrooms I was always going to be committed to running  a paper free environment because the planet does not have limitless resources and the advent of photocopiers and printers meant we were churning through non renewable resources at an alarming rate. Trees provide us with a healthier and more sustainable planet. Why would you chop them down and think there would not be a serious problem? This year I have finally properly achieved my practically paperless classroom. It gets held up by the fact we have paper based exams and official assessments. It came as great news to me when I saw ACARA was going to dare to put its NAPLAN testing online. Until we trial online testing and exams we won’t know what the problems are so we can address them. It’s really fantastic to see our national curriculum organisation show some leadership in this area and work on the methodical trials they have created to shift us from a paper dependent official testing system to an electronic one. The environment will be grateful. I shifted fairly easily from a paper based classroom to a non paper based one but it has taken time to work through some of the issues. Like what do you do when you receive work by email, on an LMS, on paper and on a USB? You go crazy, that’s what you do. Patience is required. I have always taken the problem back to my students. I have explained what happens to me when I get work in various ways. I negotiate with them. Our school has also been very helpful by extending the functionality of the LMS to include inline messaging. I can receive work that way from iPads and laptops and thereby do away with USBs altogether. I have all my resources on my laptop but they are backed up online, on USBs, on a portable drive and on another laptop. I do not take chances. The first step was getting electronic copies of the text and work books. That is backed up by electronic resources and blogs to link to resources and activities. All my work is online and so it can now do the job of covering student absence or extension work. Now that it is all established I find it to be a very flexible system which I can grow but also a system which caters better to a variety of learning modes and needs. I was prepared to find the work arounds and that preparedness to change is the headset you need. I haven’t expected I would be the one to find all the solutions. I ask if I am stuck. If I cannot think of a way to do something in a paperless way I put it out as a challenge. Technology always forces us to be nimble thinkers and pool our ideas. That’s why I like it. If you want more tips and resources for a paperless classroom, you can go to Inside the classroom, outside the box! […]

  6. How can I combat the issue of not all students having devices or internet access at home? Only have one or the other but a few do not have either

    • 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.

  7. 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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