Does the idea of reducing—or even eliminating—paper from your classroom sound intriguing? The blog TeachPaperless is dedicated to helping educators with such a move, for both educational and environmental benefits.

Skeptical? The idea is not without its detractors, as evidenced in a recent post reprinting an angry blog comment that stated, in part, “Unbelievable … if you people really think that this is the successful way to the future, then your [sic] as stupid as the students that cant [sic] spell the word ‘future.'” While an easy target because of the misspellings, this critic provoked a variety of interesting responses from readers about how students now relate to information and one another.

In addition to the titular topic, the blog often ventures into broader, more forward-thinking areas, as in the recent post “21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020.” For Item 6, “Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher,” lead blogger Shelly Blake-Plock predicts, “In ten years, the teacher who hasn’t yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job.” Differentiated teaching as the norm? Now, that’s radical.


  1. I have reduced the amount of paper used in my classroom by 90%. I began using EPEE Software for Teachers which increased the efficiency of my classroom to the point paper nearly became useless. It also helped close the technology gap without having to go home each night and read a user manual. The software takes advantage of current free technology that student should learn anyway. Word, PowerPoint, Excel,etc. are necessary tools for students but even more so for educators. The software allows anyone to develop a curriculum by drag and drop and create lessons in a module format that can include any resources the teacher wishes to insert or create. Standards are linked to each lesson module. Very helpful classroom tool.


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