Not only are there plenty of benefits for a school going paperless, but also for the students. Here are some of the ways that students can benefit from a paperless school:
Becoming More Computer Literate
Going paperless compels the students to become more computer literate. Rather than students writing out all of their notes on paper, they can type them, ultimately saving both paper and time. It also becomes easier to delete and rewrite assignments without having to erase or completely start over on a new sheet of paper. One of the great features of using a computer for school is being able to utilize the spellchecker tool and the tool that points out grammar mistakes.
Exams Would Be Easier to Take
There are some exams where a paperless format would be much more suitable, such as an English or liberal arts exam.
With certain exams, students have to write out long answers or essays all by hand. When it comes time to review what they wrote and then go back to fix any spelling or grammar errors, they often have to either cross things out or squeeze words in. This, of course, can become quite an inconvenience and may even have an effect on their final score. By taking their exams on a computer, all of these issues can be avoided.
Students Can Track Their Own Progress
School reports and test scores could be gamified if they were digital. A student could easily look up all of their scores and access their present and past report cards. They can even track their current status in classes by seeing visual representations of their progress and performance. This can benefit students by helping them understand how well or how poorly they are doing in a class and identify any areas needing improvement.
Make Sure Report Cards Are Seen by Parents
If you have the student’s parents download the school platform, the parents can receive updates such as parent-teacher days and school events. They can also access a digital version of their child’s report cards by getting the report cards sent to them electronically. The school’s platform can even be configured to show when the report has been viewed by a parent.
A Paperless School Can Use Digital Forms and Slips
In the past, a student would be sent home with a letter or permission slip that had to be signed and returned. This, as you can imagine, would cause issues such as the child losing the paper or the teacher having trouble keeping track of every slip. Now, the parent can receive digital forms, where they can both digitally sign and return them in just seconds. Doing it digitally also makes it easier for the teacher to keep track of who has replied yes or no.
Why Go Paperless?
A paperless school platform is becoming more and more inevitable for schools to adopt. Not only do the schools benefit from this change (for example from the mass savings in paper and ink), but the students benefit in many ways too.
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