Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Goin' Paperless

Is it possible for an elementary teacher to go paperless?

As elementary teachers its always about the "time," we simply do not have enough of it. Whether its time with the students, time to plan, time to meet with colleagues, time to reflect, or time with our families. You name it there is always some element of our time that is being challenged. By far, the weakest link in my chain is trying to keep all the paperwork organized, and managing this eats so much of my time up relatively quickly.

So I have been asking myself, "Self, what are some ways you could save time?" As I look around my classroom, I am surrounded by an endless sea of paper. I have dozens of 3 ring binders that are jammed packed with great resources, I have a filing cabinet that is complete with 7 years of files for every subject, and endless memos that are neatly "piled" throughout my room.

I have found a scanner that might help. In my mind, I am going to digitize my entire filing cabinet and then upload them to my Blackboard Site for staff, students, and parents. I would have constant access to my files, curriculum, and memos and could then share them as well. I don't know, I simply wonder if I might be creating more work for myself.

"Self, what are some ways you could save time?"

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