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What Paperless Education System Look Like in My School

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Paperless Classroom in Our School

Hey, there!

Any one of you ask google once you encounter the words you are not familiar with? How many of you get the answer of your problems by browsing the internet? My husband learned how to fix laptops and computers only by watching Youtube. My colleague quickly translate a document into English just in few minutes plus another few minutes of checking and editing and she got a nice fully translated 40 physics questions for the school examination. The rapid progress in technology leads to a rapid change in the way we live. And the change is inevitable.

This is one of the reasons why our school started a new initiative in our system: the Paperless Education System.

Other than the reason I explained above, there are several arguments I would like to describe in the next post about why our school made such a 'radical' change in the system. But before that, in this post, I want to describe what the Paperless Education System look like in our school.

Beginning July 2017, our school apply the Paperless Education System.
We started off by adding a smartboard into the classroom. They don't entirely replace the traditional boards, but they cut them into two, and put the smartboard in-between them. The purpose: so that the teachers will get used to the smartboard.
The smartboard initiative actually started long before the Paperless Education System is applied. However, with the teachers limitation in technology, the smartboard is sadly abandoned and mostly only being used as a screen for projectors. Putting the smartboard exactly in the middle of the classroom, the teachers cannot avoid to use the smartboard, because it is now the center of attention.

The next radical change is the school stopped buying hardcopy textbooks. This forces teachers also to think about how we provide materials to students. We mostly make the workbooks ourselves, distribute them digitally, or we use some free digital textbooks like Flexbooks from ck12 or Openstax for higher level classes.

The new students are then given Microsoft Surface Pro to replace their books and notes, and we depended on Faronics Insight to control the classes and file sharing. Later on, we found that it was hardly effective (especially for boys class), so the school decided to join Google for Education. Students are given Chromebooks and classes is mostly run using Google Classroom. So far, it is working well until today.

Some changes also were made in the facilities: faster wireless internet connection, more electric sockets, student table arrangements, gadget regulation, and the one change that I really don't like, stopping the moving class system. Anyway, these changes are made to support the new system. Hopefully, it will give more benefits that danger.

That's what I can describe about the Paperless Education System in my school. Does your school also apply digital classroom or technology integrated class? What type of device and apps do you use with the students? Please feel free to comment.

The world is changing. Rapidly. If we don't change, the world will leave us behind.

Nia M Wardani
Hi! Call me Nia. I am a former teacher with ten years of teaching experience. I left formal teaching and found my peace through private tutoring, blogging, and gardening. My mission is to help other teachers improve their lives. Let's get in touch through my Instagram @nmwardani

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