Did you know with the all the paper we waste each year, we can build a 12 foot high wall of paper from New York to California? When we recycle 1 ton of paper we save around 682.5 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and 17 trees. With 21st century technology applied to education systems, we shouldn't even have to recycle, let alone produce paper.
Think about the money schools could save.
We live in a world of technology. The almost-digital-era. That being said, we are digital enough to use our gadgets as a replacement for old methods, such as taking notes, doing homework, quizzes, even exams. Granted, not everything can be online, but we do have enough tools to lessen the waste.
Who else is tired of dogs eating their students homework?
There are so many resources online for teachers and students to use. With web lockers and digital drop boxes, students can now share and store unlimited amounts of data including:
One of the greatest bonuses is the elevated communication. Not only can you hand out and grade digitally, you can communicate digitally as well. Online forums and discussions can be created to give even the most introverted students a voice. Students can collaborate with one another and submit assignments online, sans-excuses.
The benefits of a paperless classroom are endless. All it takes is the right implementation, and a great execution.