Guide to the Paperless Classroom

Edited from an original post on - June 21, 2016

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of moving to a paperless classroom? You’re not alone! The folks at RenWeb pulled together some tips to help you make the transition.

  • Distribute materials digitally. Some teachers prefer Google Drive while others use a learning management system. Whatever tool you choose, be sure you can distribute everything electronically, whether it’s media, resources, or assignments. 
  • Figure out how to collect the work the same easy way you distributed it. This is where an LMS or another digital repository comes in handy. Be sure students can easily upload completed assignments.
  • Have a back-up plan. When paper is absolutely necessary, use a scanning app like Scannable or Office Lens to save high-res scans of the item and get rid of the original paper copy.
  • Record lectures and narrate handouts. Instead of distributing packet handouts, notes, or photocopied resources, try narrating a video presentation of the material. Explain Everything is a popular tool for creating your own content, while EdPuzzle allows you to annotate existing video material.
  • Take your daily tasks online. Get rid of paper attendance forms and paper gradebooks. My Classroom and RenWeb Staff and Staff HD apps allow you to do your work on the go.
  • Want more ideas? Education World visited three paperless classrooms,the Boston Globe covered a local high school that’s moving to fully-digital classroom environments, and EdTech Magazine interviewed a digital learning specialist about the challenges and benefits of paperless classrooms.