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The Copyless Classroom

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Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: W185d

Katherine Leatherman   Jason Mammano  
The “paperless classroom” is a fallacy that both sets the teacher up for failure and has been shown to be detrimental to student learning. Instead, the goal should be to have a classroom free from copies. A combination of digital tools and notetaking strategies for your students will be discussed.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: G Suite for Education compatible applications will be a focus.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to articulate the importance of paper/pencil notetaking, and three methods to introduce to their students. Participants will be able to identify methods of teacher input during instruction with tools such as Google Classroom, EdPuzzle, and Quizlet. Participants will be able to identify methods of student output using tools such as Adobe Spark, Google Sites, and other creation tools.


Fallacies to the paperless classroom (2 min.)
Why paper/pencil notetaking? (5 min.)
Experience sketchnoting! (15 min.; sketchnote 5 tips for sketchoting)
Teacher input tools - giving your students content (15 min.; optional device-based activities)
Student output tools - allowing students to produce and create content (20 min.; optional device-based activities)
Closing/Reflection (3 min.)

Supporting research

Mueller, Pam A., & Oppenheimer, Daniel M. (2014). The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614524581
Sylvia Duckworth
Silvia Rosenthal-Tolisano
May, Cindy. (2014). A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. Scientific American.

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Katherine Leatherman, Gaston County Schools
Jason Mammano, Gaston County Schools

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Google Certified Trainer, Unabashed geek and outdoor enthusiast.

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