5 Tips for Using Google Apps to Go Paperless

Google Apps for Education offers students and teachers the opportunity to create and share without ever picking up pen and paper. As you move towards a paperless classroom with Google Apps, countless hours in the copier room vanish, allowing you to spend more time on teaching and planning.

In addition to saving time and money, paperless classrooms provide other benefits:

  • more efficient and organized classroom workflow
  • better student access to learning materials
  • quicker communication home
  • easier records retention

Here are five ways to use Google Apps for Education to go paperless:

blue oneTry only using Forms instead of paper surveys and questionnaires.
Forms can also help administer assessments or gauge student or staff interest on a particular topic.

blue twoUse Drive as a document repository and to gather data from Forms.
Record in-person professional development and make videos available for teachers to watch later.

blue threeSchedule sports practices, room bookings and tests using Calendars.
Share Calendars to avoid meeting conflicts. An immediate time-saver is the ability to create a Calendar for shared resources (e.g., device carts, conference rooms or sports fields).

blue fourCreate Groups by breaking down a class into smaller groups based on specific needs of students.
A teacher can then respond to that Group with everyone getting the same level of information. Maybe the teacher won’t get the time to respond, but a student who knows the answer can step in and reply.

blue fiveBuild a Site to share staff resources or for a school board portal.
Sites can also be a great place to manage student ePortfolios.

Access our ebook, “12 Ways to Safely Adopt Google Apps into Your School,” to learn more ways start tomorrow’s school day better prepared to use GAFE.