Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Paperless Classroom Continues...

Year 2 of the Paperless Classrooms. We lost one of our cutting edge teachers to TN (but I hear they are experimenting with their own Paperless Classroom - so we really know she is a true pioneer), but we replaced her with a great educator. Both teachers in the paperless classrooms this year are excited, driven and looking for the next cool tool to utilize in their classroom.

I plan to closely monitor not only the second round of fourth grade students who travel through this unique learning experience, but also how this year's fifth grade students (those who were in the paperless classroom last year) adjust their learning. It is a challenge for those fifth grade teachers to continue to engage these students at a high level using technology. I hope we can provide the necessary tools and support to make that as smooth a transition as possible.

Keep watching for more updates about the Paperless Classroom. Also - if you know of another school or classroom that has implemented a similar project - share your experiences or thoughts on how these classrooms can help transform education for the students.

JDS | CIO
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4 comments:

Jeff Nelson said...

Good post. I'm sure you and your teachers are already aware of this blog, but just in case you aren't, check it out: http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com

He does some neat things with Twitter in the classroom.

Jeff

JDS-CIO said...

Thanks for sharing Jeff. Yes - I had shared that with my two teachers last year, but I don't think the new one has seen it - so I will be sure to pass it along to her.

JDS-CIO said...

Here is a blog post that picked up our story on the paperless classrooms - it is Dell's Edu4U website: http://en.community.dell.com/groups/edu4u/blog/archive/2009/08/13/authored-by-john-david-son-the-paperless-classroom-experience.aspx

Todd Norton-Lawrence County said...

I remember reading about this last year, and was really impressed. This past semester I set up an iMac lab and used it with my English 1 classes to implement a paperless classroom environment. The best system I used that worked was http://www.edmodo.com/. This site worked very well to keep my students organized, but more importantly to keep me organized. The staff of Edmodo have really tweaked the site in their latest release. My kids loved it, and they also loved Ning, but Ning doesn't seem nearly as private as Edmodo.