Going Paperless


This is THE site for preparing for a paperless classroom.

Some practical ideas for paperless activities:

Take a look at a collaborative Google Doc for ideas to go paperless.

Math
Insert equations into Google Docs – see how (from Shelly Blake-Plock @TeachPaperless)
Utah State University interactive online lessons

Pre-Algebra
Lure of the Labrynth http://labyrinth.thinkport.org/ - Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians.

Spanish
Read and discuss articles from online newspapers. Mexican newspapers online. (from Shelly Blake-Plock @TeachPaperless)
La Nacion - Costa Rica's leading newspaper.

Primary Grades: K-4:
In the past I have purchased shower-board from the local hardware store and cut it up so each student would have their own personal whiteboard. Give each a dry erase marker and all student can participate in a multitude of activities across all subject areas. I know this is low tech but it might be a good solution for primary grades that have little access to computers or other technology.

Tertiary Grades:
I use Twitter as my attendance tool by making them respond to a question I announce inside the classroom and they answer it along with hashtags and a control word as a form of key. (@npf007)

All Grades:
Paula White (@paulawhite) gave me this great idea and I use it all the time. Instead of having students write on paper, they can write on the tables. Pencil and dry erase markers easily wipe off of the tables and then your tables are clean, too! Paula recommended using it for math problems during class. I also use it for a "carousel" activity. I put a topic on each table (4 of them) and groups have to rotate through each table in 1 minute intervals and write what they know about that topic. They cannot repeat what someone else has written. It is a great review game. (@capohanka)