[K12OSN] Thoughts on paperless school

Steven Santos Steven at simplycircus.com
Sat May 7 13:06:09 UTC 2011

When you go that route, you tie everyone to a computer for all work.  I
don't think of that as is a good thing.

Computers are a tool.  So are pen and paper.

Schools need to teach pen and paper more so than computers.

Not to say they don't need to teach computers (they do), but not to the
exclusivity of pen and paper.

Steven Santos
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On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 7:59 AM, Barry R Cisna <brcisna at eazylivin.net> wrote:

> Hello All,
> I would like to hear some peoples view on trying to make a school
> paperless.
> I'll start it out by saying teachers,admins can always argue it is not
> possible,due to send outs to mommy and poppy etc.
> Reason I am thinking of this at present, is your's truly  deals with the
> paper ordered and handling,,,:( of the pallets (stacked who knows how
> high) of paper each year! This year our school went completely nuts
> going through paper 8x10.
> Needless to say the printer cartridges that have been consumed in this
> years time (can you say plotter!!!) is almost sickening.
> We have been down the print management route in the past restricting
> pages per day printed. That idea went down the tubes in the first week
> after lotsa leg work getting it setup and in place.
> I have found,,unfortunately it is pretty much useless to show teachers
> little hints in regards to this scenario as for whatever reason they do
> not even want to learn how to do anything  'new/different'.
> Example. I showed some teachers how to instead of 'printing off' umpteen
> pages,,for a 24 hour reference thing to save it as pdf,and send it to
> their home email if they like as well. How could this thing be any
> simpler? About 1 out of 10 I can tell thought it to be a good idea.
> I use the analogy printing stuff off is like daily newspapers. What they
> print will be looked at (maybe) regardless of the multitude of
> possibilities, and 24 hours it is going to be in the trash anyway.
> My take is if paperless is 'forced' on everyone within the school
> building/district people WILL learn to do it,and in time realize its
> much cleaner simpler,quicker way of doing what the papered setup 'used'
> to do.
> Argument will be made mom/pop at home that don't have two nickels to rub
> together don't have a PC,in their home, to view Sonny's detention for
> example. Bottom line I have found little 5 year old kids in K have a
> smartphone nowadays,that I know their folks don't have two nickels to
> rub together,so they surely have a pc at home as well.
> I'm sure at this point every school is using SMS software (we even have
> it here in Podunk,,,) ) but this is such a small piece of the paper glut
> in schools.
> Sorry for long post.
> Take Care,
> BC
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