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If you have exhausted your yearly paper allotment, if it bothers you to use your precious printer ink stash, or if you just want to be better organized, I am here for you!
I am a paper hater and ink hoarder from waaayy back. Iit gives me hives to print any photo with a dark background. In fact, my hatred of the copy machine may be how I became an accidental techy in the first place! So free yourself from the worksheet! Here are some resources you can use to run class in such a way that your paper is only used for drawing, cutting and creating:
I use Evernote to store my personal notes and lesson plans. I can use the web clipper to save parts of a website or send the whole link to evernote. Every evernote account has an email address that you can use to forward yourself emails you wish to keep without filling up your inbox or printing them. Great way to keep evidence of parent contacts, pats on the back for eval time, etc.
Permamarks-Ever gone to a link you needed only to find it moved or gone? Permamarks is a great way to store sites you will want to use every year. It saves the site so even if the site owner takes it down or moves it you can still access it exactly as it was saved year after year!
Google Drive- Google drive is great for sharing and colllaborating with co workers and students. It is a great way to receive student work as well. Make a folder, paste the link on your wiki, and have students turn the work in there. This can also be done via Edmodo.
Basically, if you flip blooms and use BYOT you won't need worksheets anymore anyway. Enjoy your extra time and more engaged students!
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.