3 Tips to Cut Down on Paper Production and Use in the Classroom in 2020

Did you know that the average school uses around 250,000 sheets of paper per year?

If you’re in charge of running a school, you might be interested in how you can reduce your reliance on paper. After all, using lots of paper is bad for the environment, as well as the school budget.

Here are three tips that’ll help you cut down on paper production and use in the classroom. If you use these tips, you should be able to put an end to your problems with paper.

  1. Provide Limited Printing Credits

One way you can reduce paper use in a classroom is by giving people limited printer credits.

This means that students will only be able to print a limited number of documents within a given time interval. So, you could set things up so that people can only print ten pages per week or even per month.

Now, in some cases, people might need to get around this quota.

In this situation, you might want to give people the ability to print more documents, but only if they’re willing to pay for extra printing credits. For instance, you might charge students 5 cents for each sheet outside of their standard printing credits.

  1. Make It Easy for Students to Access Documents Online

Another way you can become a paperless school is by making it easy for students to access documents online.

For example, if you’re using a special worksheet in your class, you might want to direct students to a URL that allows them to download this document.

If you want to make things easier, you may want to set up a cloud storage system designed specifically for your school.

This system can act as an online document repository for students, and they can use it to access important worksheets no matter where they are.

  1. Give Students the Option of Emailing Work

If students need to hand in work, you might want to give them the option of emailing documents, rather than handing over a hard copy.

Now, if you take this approach, you might need to make some adjustments in regards to how you ‘mark’ student work. That’s because you’ll be working with digital documents, and so you’ll need to develop a ‘digital marking’ strategy.

Are You Ready to Reduce Paper Production in the Classroom?

If you find that your school uses too much paper, these tips should help you reduce paper production and use in the classroom.

People will have a lot of bad habits when it comes to paper use, and so you may experience a bit of pushback when implementing these steps. This is to be expected, and you can often get around these issues by telling everyone why you’re making these changes.

To begin with, you may just see small drops in paper consumption as the months go by. Yet, if you make everyone stick to these rules, you’ll find that your paper consumption levels are dramatically lower one year from now.

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