Yesterday I posted an article about going paperless. I want to give a comparison between two classes in which one of them was 100% with paper and the other 100% paperless.
|There were duplicate or wrong answers. That caused a significant paper waste.||Duplicate or wrong answers were not a problem. With erase button every student was able to restart their work without wasting any material.|
|No tech. skills.||Students improved their computer skills.|
|Students could see other’s works on the board but they couldn’t take it from the board to examine since other students were also looking at it.||They were able to see who did what on their screen and they could examine other’s works by copying them to their computer.|
|Monitoring the groups was easy since I could see what they were doing.||I was not able to monitor each group’s work on my computer screen so I had to hang around.|
|Students created 3D models with their materials so they were able to test their answers easily.||Some of them searched videos demonstrating the nets of a cube in 3D. Some students suggested that it would be perfect if they had a 3D modeling software.|
|They had discussions in front of the board to find the missing answers. They were highly interactive.||The discussions among the groups were limited.|
|They demonstrated and justified their nets to the whole class by forming a cube.||They tried to demonstrate and justify their nets to the whole class but since they didn’t have a 3D model it was a little bit hard. Some used the internet videos.|
|Some students enjoyed hands-on-activity where they used scissors, color pens and paper but some found it childish.||Some students were very happy to use digital tools but some said they’d prefer scissors, pens and paper.|
You can go over every row in this document but I think the last one gives the main idea that going 100% paperless is not a practical idea. It has benefits but also has losses.