How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad

Update: Some of the feedback we are getting (an example of which you can see below in the comments section) is suggesting you might need certain rights for this to work–namely access to Google Apps in Education, and District admin rights. We will update this post when we find out more specific information, but it seems that the majority of this workflow is relevant to simple access to Google Docs/Drive itself. Please share in the comments any experience you might have.)

The idea of a paperless classroom is not new.

In fact, there was recently one very good blog, TeachPaperless, dedicated to this very idea. In short, the idea promotes not just a reduction of paper and other physical resources, but rather a more efficient workflow, quicker communication, improved access to learning materials, seamless digital portfolios, and more naturally connected student-teacher-student networks.

When iPads came out, many laypersons assumed they’d simply replace textbooks, but any teacher worth their salt knew this was a bad idea. As iPad competitors like the Google Nexus series Android tablets sort themselves out as viable solutions for teachers and students, the idea of a truly paperless classroom, for better or for worse, is truly within our collective reach. (Well, besides most forms of state testing, On-Demand writing, and the millions of students without access to adequate technology, but that’s another matter entirely.)

For everyone else, there is opportunity to give it a shot, and the infographic below from (and based, in part, on Sam Gliksman’s excellent iPad in Education for Dummies book) offers a step-by-step (and fairly well-detailed) summary of how to get started with a paperless classroom. Though the title emphasizes iPad compatibility, it can also work with Chromebooks, Android tablets, Windows PCs, and any other hardware that can access Google’s productivity suite.ipad-paperless-workflow-for-teachers


How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad