As the Technology teacher, I am a big proponent of the paperless classroom trend.
My computer lab houses the shared printers for our middle school’s 1-1 Laptop Program. Day in and day out I see tons of paper wasted by careless and excessive printing by students. Right now, there are (I just counted) 37 papers left over from Friday that were printed and not picked up. Multiply that times 180 days in a school year and that’s over 6000 pieces of wasted paper!! There has to be a better way!
I have encouraged teachers to use our school’s Google Apps for Education account to allow students to turn in papers online, but I’m getting resistance and doubt. Many of the teachers have valid concerns.
1 – We need some professional development time for teachers to become more comfortable with the use of #GAFE and Google Classroom. Many know the basics, but don’t know how to maximize its full potential.
2 – Students need specific training and practice as well. They know how to use Google Docs, but require more frequent use and practice to become proficient in #GAFE.
3 – Teachers are worried about cheating. This is the biggest issue for teachers. I have explained to them that it is just as easy for students to cheat when they type up a paper and print it out, but teachers seem to think this would be even more likely with online apps.
So, this is where I need help. My questions:
1. Does your school use Google Apps For Education, and how do you stop students from cheating/sharing Docs/copying each others work?
2. How can I show my teachers that this is a viable alternative to the traditional print-and-hand-it-in?
I just watched his infopics video and my mind is blown with the TONS of apps that he presented. So I wanted to list them all here so I can find them easily in one place.
First of all, an infopic is a picture that has text overlaid on top of it. The text gives further information about the subject of the picture. This would be a great activity for students! Have them take a picture, or use a Creative Commons image, and then overlay some text to inform the viewer about a topic the class is studying. This can be adapted to almost any content area.
Here is Tony Vincent’s video about infopics.
Next, here are the apps he mentioned in the video (I’m sure I missed a few):
I’m setting a goal for myself: I am going to meaningfully create and use at least two infopics by the end of next week.
What will you and your students do with infopics?