“The school must represent present life—life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.” John Dewey (1859 – 1952)
Many of us deal on a daily basis with the organizational difficulties of our students and children. It is clear that they often do not have the tools to stay organized or appreciate the importance of organization in meeting their responsibilities. It is also apparent that many students are often not highly motivated. They complain about the relevance of the curriculum, and when completing assignments, ‘bare minimum’ can seem to be the default mode.
The paperless classroom can provide our students with the tools, environment and resources to help them stay organized and motivated, and provide opportunities for higher-order thinking. The paperless classroom can further help students to collaborate, engage with the teacher, use class time effectively. It can adapt to their individual learning styles and pace of learning and provide opportunities for creativity and an audience for our students’ creations.
This website offers solutions to motivate students and help them to stay organized by moving from a paper-based to an online learning environment. It provides resources and ideas for designing a student-centric curriculum with a view to inspiring students, helping them stay organized, and encouraging them to meet high-level learning objectives.
Beyond the Paperless Classroom by David Doherty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.