Simple Steps for Teachers to Take Towards a Paperless Classroom

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Ready to streamline your classroom while also making a dent in your carbon footprint? If you said yes, then it’s time to transition to a paperless classroom. Sounds too good to be true, we know, and the process can seem overwhelming, but we promise it can be a reality. 

Think about how you teach things to your students – by breaking down a new process into simple steps. Believe it or not,  you may already have most of what you need to get an organized, eco-friendly 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 for a 1-to-1 device ratio. 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

You probably already use online resources to amplify your students’ learning experience, help with classroom management, etc. Online resources will also be the backbone of going paperless. Finding ways to keep yourself (and your students) organized will make the transition go much more smoothly.

Using technology, you can:

  • 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 prefers to use. 

3. Create Class Sets

Every teacher has tried-and-true resources they use year after year. Make the most of those all-time favorites by creating a class set that you can reuse.

Put class resources, such as maps and other documents, into plastic sleeve covers or laminate larger items for protection. Using Dry Erase markers is 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! Need an eraser? Have students bring old T-shirts and cut them up for a creative solution!

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 like a  part of the process while gaining their feedback to see what works best for them. 

Help them understand the change by explaining why you’re going paperless, mentioning benefits like reducing your carbon footprint and saving space and time.

Plus, as you know, your students can give you ideas that you never even thought of!

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. You can do this by: 

  • Printing on both sides instead of one
  • Allowing students to share documents
  • Scrapping printer paper for repurposing 

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 is primed to give students a modern education and prepare them for the modern world beyond the classroom walls. 

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