Nearly-Paperless Classroom

Nearly Headless? How can you be nearly headless?  – Hermione Granger

Disclaimer: I don’t believe in:

  • a truly paperless classroom
  • technology as gimmickery
  • one [teaching] method to rule them all
  • drill and kill (but practice does make permanent)

I do believe in:

  • not assigning busy work
  • authentic homework assignments
  • saving paper

This year (with only one week until school started) it was decreed that each teacher would have a set number of pages copied per semester (each SIDE counts as one). This number varied by department, but there was no apparent consideration of the number of students, common teaching practices for the subject, etc.

I’ve had to ask my students to print things at home. I’ve moved to lesser testing practices of copying only one class set of tests that students cannot annotate (I came up with giving them a transparency and erasable marker) and cannot keep for future studying. It also fosters cheating because I used to have multiple versions of tests. I’ve done these things because I can’t make copies frivolously. However, I’ve NEVER made copies frivolously. I always try to conserve paper.

That being said, I have found a reason to be thankful for this proclamation. My website traffic is higher than ever before. I’m averaging 70 visitors per day (and I have about 70 students).

Just in the past month:

Classroom Website traffic 10-2014

Classroom Website traffic 10-2014

Even more impressive: in the past year…

Visitors by country. Oct 2013-2014

Visitors by country. Oct 2013-2014

In fact, my classroom website caused me to be headhunted by a local tutoring center and personally asked to review a new study/resource website for science classes by the site’s developer… who lives in the UK. If that’s not proof that I’m impacting people outside of my school, I don’t know what is.

So, thanks for forcing me to become even more paperless than I already was. My website has blown up as a result. The funny thing is, my husband’s math website blows my stats out of the water.

 

Previously… in Professional Development

An archival post for my own reference. Read the title in the voice of the “Lost” narrator.

Below are the links to presentations I’ve given before setting up this blog…

 PD Session  Tags Date Updated
Instructional Technology (Michael Wood) edtech, tutorials Ongoing
Collaborative Group Work (Early Release) CIF, Collaboration, Kahoot, Padlet, QR Codes, Tea Party, Jigsaw, 5E Model 2014-09-05
5E Model (Michael Wood) 5E, PBL, edtech 2014-08-08
TLC Year 1 Day 2 Early Release paper slide videos, stations-based lessons, Google Docs 2013-10-21
e-Folios for Education e-Folio, reflection, common core, google sites 2013-08-05
AP Biology Curriculum Update APBio, CollegeBoard, one day 2012-10-31