How do I become a truly digital teacher?

I downloaded Evernote this week in an attempt to become more “paperless”.   I typically use Outlook or Notes on my smartphone to capture most of my quick ideas.  I take digital notes for reading material, and use hand written notes in class.  As a college student, I believe Evernote may be a great tool.

But as a future teacher, becoming paperless may be more of a challenge.  I would like to be able to post homework assignments, have students access the document and fill in the required work, then grade the document on-line to provide quick feedback that can be filed for future reference.

The Montclair Kimberly Academy incorporated Evernote into their classrooms, and here is what they say:

Here are some options I’ve considered:

1.  Evernote allows for all types of data to be stored:  documents, PDF, Jing, and pictures.  No smartboard, no problem.  You can take a picture and upload.  Cool new apps are discussed in an article 10 New Features You Should Know.  Additionally, @TheNerdyTeacher did what he called his Epic Evernote Experiment, and I was very impressed with how he has developed a system for class organization.  But I’m not yet convinced that Evernote is for everyone.  Evernote does allow for shared folders, but without a premium account you cannot edit shared notes.  Not all school districts are going to have access to this tech.

2.  Programs like Edmodo allow teachers and students to share work easily with each other and with other students.  Classroom supplementary work can be added or linked easily, like Prezi files.  I thought this to be a very effective tool in the classroom environment.  Edmodo also allow for parental viewing of student work and grades.

3.  GoogleDocs easily allows students to collaborate on team projects which can be share with anyone that has an email account, and students can give teachers access for grading purposes.

What are your techniques for decreasing paper homework in the classroom?


2 thoughts on “How do I become a truly digital teacher?

  1. I have students turn in essays in Word, Pages, or Open Office (Word preferred) then I grade in Word, with track changes on. But I don’t send them the word doc back, I export as a pdf, then return it to them (they can’t change it, and it re-writting is part of the assignment they can’t just take my changes, they have to re-do their own, so they really see it). I do this via Moodle, but email would work, or any learning management system.

    I also post all homework, handouts, etc. online.

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