Ready to streamline your classroom while also making it safer on the environment? A paperless classroom sounds like a dream come true, but making the transition can seem overwhelming.
Don’t let apprehension get the best of you. Breaking the process down into simple steps will make the process easier than you think. In fact, you may already have most of what you need to get an organized, eco-friendly classroom.
To help you start on the path to a paperless classroom, let’s look at some steps you can take today.
1. Get Plugged in
To become a paperless classroom, technology is going to be your new best friend. Whether you use tablets or laptops, you’ll need access to electronics.
Talk to your school’s administrators to find out the options you have. Some schools have the budget to loan laptops to each student. Others are able to check out laptops or tablets from the school library.
Once you know your options, you can get a plan set.
2. Use Online Software, Forms, and Documents
Online resources will be the backbone of going paperless. Finding ways to keep yourself (and your students) organized will make the transition go much more smoothly.
Convert your documents to PDFs for easy sharing. Create forms for quizzes, permission slips, and other classroom needs. Use a storage program, such as Google Drive, for easy access both at school and at home.
Other online resources can help enhance your lessons and classroom presentations too. Talk to your school to see if there are resources your district uses.
3. Create Class Sets
For things you already have on paper that you can use year after year, make the most of them by creating a class set.
Put class resources, such as maps and other documents, into plastic sleeve covers or laminate larger items for protection. Using Dry Erase markers are the perfect way to write or underline areas of the documents during lessons. When you’re done, easily erase and store them away in a file cabinet or closet until next time!
4. Get Students Involved
As you prepare to become a paperless classroom, make sure to get the students involved. It’s a great way to help them feel a part of the process while gaining their feedback.
Help them understand the change by explaining why you’re going paperless. Spelling out the benefits will get them to connect with the meaning on a deeper level.
Plus, they may give ideas of going paperless you hadn’t thought of yourself.
5. If You Must Use Paper, Use it Wisely
There may come a time when you need to use paper. If so, find ways to be smart and use it efficiently.
Printing on both sides instead of one will save paper. Allowing students to share documents will also decrease their usage. Scrap printer paper can get re-purposed as a note pad during lectures too.
Go Green with a Paperless Classroom
Finally get the clutter-free, environment-friendly classroom of your dreams. By knowing how to create a paperless classroom, you’ll have a tech-savvy classroom that will benefit in more ways than one.
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