Still using paper forms for parent permission slips? Time to do a risk analysis?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: One of my pet hates is paper permission slips from my daughter’s school (and even more so now that they have switched to emailing me the slips, and I have to print them, sign them and send them back in my daughter’s hands. Double pet hate…

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Cutting out paper - using tech to meet parents where they are

Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education… For a break I thought you’d like some ideas that don’t come from me. Instead, I thought it’s worth highlighting ideas from Chris Wejr, a school Principal for Kent elementary school in Canada. He’s written on his…

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Cutting out paper - Getting rid of paper forms

Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education… Looking at other sources of paper use around the school, then there’s an obvious opportunity to get rid of paper forms used internally. The obvious benefits of this aren’t restricted to saving paper, time and money -…

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Cutting out paper - Get rid of school reports

Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education… Get rid of school reports on paper, by providing electronic reports to parents Although many schools are already doing this, there are plenty that still provide parental reports on paper. And don’t want to change, because they…

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Cutting out paper - change printer defaults

Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education… In some schools it’s the students that use too much paper. They’re doing a project, and then they want to print out a draft of their work (or even a draft of the first paragraph of their…

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Cutting out paper - hide the printers

Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education… Make printing more difficult When I first started work, printers were only just making an appearance and they were noisy, slow and produced very low quality print. I remember the day that I used the first laser…

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Cutting out paper - send your lesson notes home electronically

Continuing the month’s worth of ideas to support a New Year Resolution to cut paper use in education… Send homework assignments electronically You know that your students now have enough electronic devices in their pockets to sink a Sydney Harbour ferry – so how about using that as an excuse to cut the cord on…

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Cutting out paper - updating your room booking system

I promised a month’s worth of ideas to help with cutting out paper use in your school/TAFE/university, so that you could have an institutional New Year’s Resolution. So here’s the first idea from my colleague James Marshall on his UK LIve@edu blog: Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of that pile of…

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Cutting paper use in Education - Paperless January

Have you made any New Year resolutions yet? Or more to the point, has your institution? Because for all of our personal commitments (lose weight, drink less, exercise more) there are some things that can only change if everybody in an organisation tries to do tackle them. So here’s my contribution to a New Year’s…

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