My Paperless Earth Day

I signed the teach paperless pledge a while back and today was the big day.  In general, we don’t use too much paper in my classes, but the goal for today was 0.  Aside from some sticky notes during an activity (which I will resuse next year) we got it done.  Technology was a big help – here’s how.

Morning

• 8:10 – 8th Grade Algebra: Used thatquiz.org to give online math quizzes

• 9:00 – Plan

• 9:45-10:30 – 8th Physical Science: Had students use classtools.net to create review games for a physics quiz tomorrow.

• 10:30-11:15 – 7th Geography: We’re covering India in Geography right now so we started watching Gandhi

• 11:15 – 11:45 -  6th Spelling: Spelling bee with my 6th grade homeroom

• Lunch

Afternoon

• 12:30 – 1:30 – 6th Earth Science: A lab on water pollution for our oceans unit in 6th grade earth science.  We also had some visitors from a local college in to observe how we use technology, so half the class was showing how we use google docs, that quiz, and diigo for science projects.  The other half used white boards and markers to draw representations of water samples from some microscope slides.

• 1:30-2:15 – 7th Life Science: 1/2 the class worked on a Prezi about an element on the periodic table.  The other half worked with me, using whiteboards to draw representation of the atomic structure of different elements (an extremely simplified version of the atomic structure).  This lesson was a repeat from Tuesday when the groups were at different stations.

• 2:15

• Study Hall – Dismissal

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One thought on “My Paperless Earth Day

  1. Congratulations! It’s shocking how much paper we go through when our curriculum requires photocopying. This is definitely something that needs to be addressed with our curriculum coordinators. Technology certainly can help. I’m always asking teachers- do you need a print out or can the project stand alone digitally? Slowly, we’re making the shift. I recently “talked” a teacher into not having her students type and print out review quizzes, but rather have the students use ClassTools.net. I considered it a victory for the earth, and honestly, the students were extremely motivated to make arcade like games for their studies. Win-win. Thanks for the reminder about thatquiz.org… that’s a great math resource that I need to pass along to my teachers once again. 🙂

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