The Paperless Classroom
"I decided to teach the course in an almost entirely paperless format: no textbook and no hard copy papers. Students could take notes directly on their laptops, which our school provides as part of tuition. I used the Blackboard course management system to deliver all my presentations and non-copyrighted readings. You’ll note that I mentioned the course was almost entirely paperless—for some situations, print still wins out over digital. But the completely paperless classroom is not the goal. Rather, the goal is to take advantage of technologies that truly help faculty cut print costs, ease distribution of materials, and facilitate learning. Moreover, striving to do more work electronically helps meet the needs of a new generation of students who are now entering business school more comfortable than ever with the digital—and increasingly paperless—world[...] For now, though, paperless doesn’t mean no paper. It means simply that technology is giving us new options to reduce or eliminate much of the paper we use today and to enjoy the cost savings that result. Moreover, it gives us the satisfaction of introducing ourselves and our students to the increased portability and accessibility of digitized ideas and to a greener way of doing business."
by Allen H. Kupetz
  • Instruction/Communication
    • Moodle is the best way to post instructions, lesson plans, and communication for all.
    • Wikis are also a great way to do the above items, but it is not as secure as a Moodle site which is run by your school.

The Good in using a Paperless Classroom
The Not so Good in using a Paperless Classroom
1) It prepares our 21st Century learners for college
1) Some schools do not have access to such technology
2) It keeps students interested in the material no matter the subject area
2) In some cases, certain technology is banned from school districts
3) It prepares our 21st century learners for a society engulfed in technology
3) On certain days, the technology may not be working
4) It engages students
4) Some students do not have access to technology if an assignment needs further work
5) It cuts back on the paper used in the classroom
5) Some technology needs to be purchased for use (Voicethread)

Helpful Resources:
PA CFF- This site has information for ALL subject areas.

NSA: Wireless Lesson Plans

Special thanks goes to Mrs. Testerman of the 11/12 building for providing written information on the following:
1) Wikis
2) Blogs
3) Google
4) ITunes
5) Podcasts