Paperless classrooms; two words that scare and excite me. Change is good right?
In Washington, a school district is wanting to become “paperless” in elementary, middle and high schools by using Ipads. I don’t believe this is beneficial to elementary students because even though technology is a huge part of our future, children still need to know how to handwrite and take part in art projects such as drawing and painting. There is also something important about using an actual book when a child is starting to read. What about math? How do students crunch out problems on a computer? It doesn’t give you that sense of a “hands on” work ethic but in the same breath, I think it is critical that children in elementary learn how to use computers and technology in the hours of school.
A paperless classroom would be more beneficial in middle years and high school years because by then, the perfection of writing should be down. The amount of sharing that can be done such as google doc’s and online learning is tremendous and would be a huge plus in high schools. It would allow students to learn and expand their knowledge of technology and social networking before venturing out into the “real world”. The one idea that keeps popping back into my head as I am writing this is the idea of problem solving and math. I keep thinking back to my high school years and what would have happened if I had to do math problems on a computer and couldn’t crunch out numbers..to me that would be very hard but every student is unique and learns in different ways and as soon to be teachers, we have to be ready to teach to a widespread variety of learners. For high school and university students E-books would be a great thing because there would be less textbooks to carry, less paper consumed and you could use one device, such as your Ipad, for all school related needs.
Imagine teaching in a classroom that was paperless? How would you have to alter your teaching? How would that affect your students? These are some questions I am asking myself because as a teacher, you have to be ready to take on new challenges that allow your students to grow and you should be prepared to grow with them.