Saturday, February 21, 2009

Teach Paperless Now!

TeachPaperless is now a healthy 19 days old! This is post number 67.

I just wanted to thank all of the people throughout the paperless classroom and educational technology community who have helped make this blog so successful here in its early days.

We've had thousands of page views, hundreds of emails, and dozens of comments over these last two and a half weeks and I have to admit to being a little bit overwhelmed.

But I believe that the community that is carrying on discussion here, as well as (hopefully) carrying the discussions on into the 'real' world, is a community that cares about the future of education and is a community that is fearless in being willing to experiment, change, and challenge each of our own preconceptions in these unsure yet pivotal times.

Know your history, be aware of your present surroundings, and go into the new frontiers: Teach Paperless Now!


  1. My only hurdle, and I recognize that I'm in a fortunate circumstance with all my students having tablets, is formal assessments. Without a way of non-instrusively locking down the computer (most lock-down programs have lingering side effects) I'm unable to use OneNote for written tests. I do a lot of formative work on the tablets but we're still a university-prep environment that demands the sit-down exams. Ideas?

  2. Explain what you mean by 'lock-down'... that could mean a couple of different things.

  3. Well, for my needs, it means making the assessment tool the only application available to the student. The best scenario, though, would be to have that configurable, so that not only could they have, say a OneNote page to write their responses and Maple or Geogebra to try out their ideas but not have access to previous notes in OneNote nor social-networking, etc. And this has to be dead-easy, one-click on, one-click off kind of configurability on the part of the teacher.


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