Extra Credit: Mid-South teacher's paperless classroom

What's school without all those reams of paper: homework, hand-outs, quizzes and tests?
What's school without all those reams of paper: homework, hand-outs, quizzes and tests?

(WMC-TV) - What's school without all those reams of paper: homework, hand-outs, quizzes and tests? Why, it's paperless classroom, of course!

We're taking today's Extra Credit to St. Luke's Episcopal School where at least one teacher has managed what may seem the impossible to many and foreign to others.

Kimberly White, an accomplished middle school Latin and English teacher at GSL, felt she wasted time photocopying worksheets for her students at a cranky old copier.

"I can't stand the copy machine! It would always jam up and stuff," she said.

In a recent interview, White said she was inspired by her husband, the computer teacher at GSL, who doesn't use paper in his class. With her husband's only advice of "JUST. DON'T. USE. PAPER," White started her experiment - minus that cranky old copier.

"For my classroom we use desktops to write on, and we use the smart board to practice with, so no paper is given out in this classroom," she said.

And no paper from students means there's little room for those age old homework excuses, like, 'The dog ate my homework.'

"'I did it but, it's not showing up,' won't even work anymore," White said.

Going paperless is also easier for student organizations, White said, since there's no paper for them to keep up with.  All students take to class is a laptop and a text book.

You might still be scratching your head wondering how White manages. White said it wasn't smooth sailing everyday when she decided to go paperless, but she believes it helps her students become more knowledgeable about something they'll use in school or anywhere they go.

Also, White says a paperless classroom is cost effective and green: she used to use two or three reams of paper each week.

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