One of my SUBSTITUTION steps in going paperless (see SAMR Model) is to convert meaningful paper-based activities and use them as a digital resources with products like Kami. Kami is a PDF annotation tool.
When I post a PDF in Google Classroom, my students open it in Kami and make a copy for themselves. The next class period I have had them go to Google Drive, locate that file, open it and continue. However, one of my students shared with me that she has bookmarked this page: https://web.kamihq.com/web/viewer.htmland she simply goes to recents each time to pull up the previous day’s activities. This may not seem like much but it saves my students a few clicks each time and means one less webpage to load on those slow internet days (yes, they are a real thing). A pretty cool tip!
NOTE: For the past two years I have been a paperless teacher. In my five sections of social studies I distribute activities through Google Classroom. As a result of going paperless, I have saved myself 42 hours of standing at the photocopies each year (yes, literally 42 hours)… that time does not include paper jams. This blog post is a tip I hope will help you in your transition to paperless.
cross posted at micahshippee.com
Micah Shippee, PhD is an out-of-the-box-doer, a social studies teacher, and a technology trainer. He works to bridge the gap between research and practice in the educational sector. Micah explores ways to improve motivation in the classroom and seeks to leverage emergent technology to achieve educational goals. As an innovative "ideas" person, Micah likes to think, and act, outside the box. Micah is motivated and energetic, taking a creative approach towards achieving goals. As an Educational Consultant, and Keynote Speaker, he focuses on the adoption of emergent technology through the development of an innovative learning culture. Micah believe that innovativeness is the pedagogy of the future.