Can Schools become paperless one day?

October 31st, 2016

This blog would look at whether it will be feasible for schools to become entirely paperless in the future. It would look back at how technology has changes schools and education and where it could go in the future.

It’s no secret that schools are suffering from a lack of funding; there has been multiple reports of schools asking parents for donations, considering four day weeks to save money and warning of redundancies. Despite this however, schools may be missing a golden opportunity to plug the gap and save money by switching to more digital means and embracing the paperless revolution.

In the 1990s schools were reliant on blackboards, exercise books, overhead projectors and a handful of computers that supplemented learning perhaps once a week. Fast forward 20 years and blackboards have all but been wiped out, overhead projectors have been replaced by remote control LCD projectors, and computer rooms are now not only reserved for once a week. And as a result, exercise books are becoming less relied upon. But could schools go completely paperless sin the future, or is this idea just a pipedream?

Perhaps even a decade ago many might have said ‘Yes’ when answering that question. However nowadays, the idea of a paperless school doesn’t seem so scary. Gradually the use of computers and iPads has changed the way pupils work forever. Technology has overhauled schooling, for pupils, teacher and parents in equal measure and created a more streamlined and effective culture of learning:

The digital revolution has made feedback meaningful and quick by providing audio and two-way, instant communications. For example, teachers are able to go through work submitted via online platforms – or even apps – and provide them with digital feedback in the form of messaging or audio on each section rather than assigning a generic grade based on the work, which is not overly helpful for the student.

Digital ways of working encourages students and can help avoid disheartening by highlighting areas where they have done well. This helps to balance out the more negative feedback and shows them clearly what was good, and what needs improving.

But most of all it saves time and money by reducing the need for paper. Utilising minimises the time needed to photocopy 30 copies of a worksheet for example, while also cutting down on spending on materials.

All of the above benefits have been talked about a lot in recent years, which has perhaps contributed to schools taking on more digital forms of communication in schools. Essentially, as the world has evolved and pressures have built, schools have had to keep up with developments to ensure they are maximising their time. And as the world adopts more digital principals, schools are certain to follow suit, and one day, exercise books may be replaced by tablets.

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