The Electric Educator: Paperless? So What.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Paperless? So What.

If you have attended any educational conferences in the past three years you have probably seen one or more sessions on "going paperless." I have actually led several of these sessions.

To any teacher who is trying to "go paperless" I what.

Who cares if you use paper.

Who cares if your students exclusively use web-based tools. doesn't matter.

What DOES matter is using the appropriate tool for the right reasons.

Sometimes PAPER is the right tool.

Benefits of Paper:

  • Simple
  • Cheap
  • Doesn't require WiFi, charging, or updates.
  • Doesn't require explanation or training

Sometimes DIGITAL tools are best.

Benefits of Digital tools:

  • Allows for multi-user collaboration
  • All voices are equal
  • Not geographically dependent

You are a professional, highly trained educator. Your students are counting on you to pick the best tool. Use your best judgment. And don't let anyone make you feel guilty for using paper (or not).


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  2. This is a good advocate for all nature loving people. It's much better using technology (web-based tools) in schools.

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