With modern technology quickly making its way into classrooms all around the world, more and more schools are slowly making their way to becoming paperless. This phenomenon is widely seen as something positive. Well, we all know that by using less paper, we are doing better for the environment. But is that the only benefit? Well, the answer is a simple no. Opting for technological alternatives can help with planning and management, saving time, student monitoring, book-keeping and more.
Paperwork, in general, is time-consuming to produce and print, as well as being easy to lose. As a result, when it comes to organisation, paper can hold us back, and waste time. Teachers, parents and students alike regularly complain about having too much paper. And while “going digital” isn’t necessarily a magical solution to the problems that are associated with paper, it definitely does help. Here are some of the major benefits of a paperless classroom:
- Fast availability of resources
If you are a teacher that has found the perfect resource for your students in a teaching book, then it is regular practice to make your way to the staff room, queue up at the photocopier, and wait for 30 sheets to be printed. Oh, and that doesn’t even include stapling time. Not to mention the issues that may be caused if the photocopier is down or has run out of ink. If you ensure that each of your students has Dropbox or a similar file sharing platform, then sharing that document with your students is as simple as a few clicks.
- You can easily refine your teaching resources
Year on year, curriculums often change, and you may have to edit the resources that you were previously giving out to your students. You may also edit them if you have decided that they are in need of optimisation. If all of these resources were printed, that would be extremely time-consuming to do, as you would have to reprint each and every one of them. However, if everything was digital, all you’d have to do would be to make the edits and click save.
- Marking students’ work
If you have to collect students’ papers in, take them home, mark them, and return them to your students, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. What if you lose one of your students’ works? Or accidentally spill coffee on it? It can also be very time-consuming and would require you to have additional space in your bag. If this were to be done digitally, there would not be any of these problems.
- Student monitoring
If you have all of your students’ work saved digitally, it will allow you to have an organised record of their progress, and it will thus be much easier to track them. If you are looking for an online method of tracking your students and their progress, be sure to check out Pupil Tracker.