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Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

August 22, 2014

A paperless classroom on your wish list? Going paperless is a hot topic in edTech these days and shows lots of improvement on the traditional style of teaching from a pile of papers. Even students are weighing in that paperless teaching has positively impacted their ability to connect with other students and their work.

Paperless Classroom

While some paperless classroom guides have great first steps on how to go paperless, determine the best technology to use for core elements of your classroom is the first step. If you’ve tried to create a paperless classroom, you likely ran into a few bottlenecks when trying to find the right apps for your classroom to go paperless.

image.blogIf handouts are a huge part of your classroom, focusing on turning handouts digital is a great first step towards being paper-free.  Handouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms that might be just what you’re looking for.

Most classrooms making the transition to paperless focus on converting old paper handouts to digital form, students being able to easily and quickly use new digital handouts, and teachers’ ability to review, correct, and grade handouts. Handouts’ paperless classroom app looks to solve those problems.

With this paperless classroom app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made. Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students, all while saving paper and reducing classroom clutter.

Student Handouts

Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers, reducing lost homework and stacks of handouts on teacher’s desks.

Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for students to review. With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio for a unique teaching experience for each student.
Paperless classroom apps like Handouts are a must have if you’re making the transition to a paper free classroom.

Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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