Can I get a holla?!?! Wooohoo! I saved an entire case (and maybe half of another) of paper this year! We were as paperless as we could possibly be! If you are fortunate enough to have technology in the classroom, you should be able to use these ideas. And please, shhhhh… don’t tell the principal I am hoarding this paper, I just never know when I might need it. #teacherhoarder Anyhoooow, I’ll share my paper saving secrets now!
1. Google Classroom is an absolute must! Did you know you can upload a pdf to Google Classroom and your students can annotate over it! AAAMMMAAAZZZING!!! Just don’t let them “turn in” until they are finished! They can type, highlight, and write on any pdf. You can also create slides and documents inside your Google Drive to assign in Google Classroom. Just click “make a copy for each student” when you assign and each student will have their own version in their own drive. When they turn it in, their name is part of the file name to help you find students’ work.
2. Class Kick is another way teachers can assign pdfs and have students annotate over them. If you don’t have access to Google Classroom, try this app! It makes using technology in the classroom easy! Classkick is a free app that shows teachers in real-time exactly what students are doing
and who needs help so they can provide instant feedback. Using any content, teachers add drawings, text, images, audio, links, and videos to provide instruction or create assessments.
3. SeeSaw App is yet a third way to assign content to students. You can assign files, videos, drawings, and anything from Google Drive now! This app makes technology in elementary classrooms so easy for students. They can upload their work, and you must approve the assignment. Send parents a link to their students portfolio so that they can see their child’s work. They won’t be able to see any other student’s work, YAY for student privacy!!!
4. Digital ReadWorks is a great way to assign articles. They have an amazing, in depth library of fiction and nonfiction texts organized by skill, topic, and/or grade level. They are easy to assign, students will need to have a login, but the texts are well worth it.
5. Newsela also has tons of articles along with comprehension questions. They publish new articles daily to reflect current events and highlight holidays and cultures.
6. Front Row is great for math practice! You can assign lessons, or allow students to do the adaptive practice on your current math domain. All students need to get started is your class code and logging in is easy. You can check their “report card” to see how they have done. I usually require 20 problems (2 levels) during a math block. The video tutorials are so helpful when students are struggling with a topic.
7. Remind app makes communicating with parents super easy! Print out instructions for parents and then send them texts anytime you need to. You can also schedule texts so that they go out at just the right time.
8. Digital Task Cards are fun and easy! No more printing, cutting, laminating, and storing (and finding) task cards! Students get immediate feedback with these digital task cards and enjoy the competitive format. Check out how digital task cards work on Boom Learning!
9. Digital Interactive Notebooks takes the frustration of copying, cutting, and pasting out of interactive notebooks. As long as students have devices, they can access their notebooks. Students love these notebooks, and you will love how much you can use and re-use them.
10. This Paperless Back to School Flipbook is easy to set up and parents will find it much more useful than your old handbook that gets lost in the hustle of back to school paperwork. You can send the link home as often as needed.
Are you going to be incorporating technology into your classroom next year? If so, have no fear! You’ve got this! If I can do it, you can too! And you can save soooooo much paper by using these tools!