Paperless Classrooms, Some Start, Some Continue

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These descriptions provide a useful quick review of points for a teacher assembling an argument for a paperless classroom. Some of these statements were written without Tablet PCs in classes. Perhaps Tableteer Teachers will continue describing the extent to which they operate without paper.

James Mitchell, Graduate Student, San Diego State University (SDSU) Educational Technology, retrieved his 2005 paper about Creating a Paperless Classroom. More thoughts by Dan Keller about paperless classrooms, based on experience. We should begin by asking what kinds of student learning we hope to promote. Jamie McKenzie suggests that educators should begin thinking about papeerless classrooms by asking what kinds of student learning we hope to promote.

Here are a couple of examples of paperless classrooms. Interestingly, many such classes in the past five years have stopped their claim of paperless assignments, etc.

Eminence Middle School, KY uses PDA’s, etc. for paperless one-to-one assignments and homework in 7th and 8th grades Language Arts classes.

It is the mission of Empire High School for students to become self-directed learners through positive relationships. Students receive a laptop computer in place of textbooks and teachers use technology as a tool in class and for homework.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.