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Posted on October 19, 2014 8:34 pm
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yMyTyq
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No More Copiers!!!
Change Middle School has just went through it's 3rd change since the start of the school year. This particular change involved administration and resulted with a new principal. Week 1 the new principal announced that her vision is to be a No Copy School and plans to do away with all copiers and printers. A big focus of ELA is annotating or "touching" the text. How will my students be able to touch the text if I can't print/copy the text?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 19, 2014 8:47 pm

eWuNep
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One way would be to use digital texts. These allow you to "highlight" and annotate without actually making it permanent. Students would simply log into their accounts and have access to their notes. However, when a new student adds the book to their account it is free from annotations and ready for them to use.
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Posted October 19, 2014 8:38 pm

vyPety
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Many schools are actually considering going this route, or have already gone this route. In today's schools, students should be fully engaged and active in the learning process. Worksheets are heavily frowned upon. We are going to have to go old school and use actual books! Almost any lesson can take place with an actual trade book, or nonfiction text. This will require more planning on your part a first since you will have to find the appropriate books, but this makes it more real life for students.
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Posted October 19, 2014 8:38 pm

ejeSaq
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Wow! This would be an extremely difficult policy to adapt to. However, if your students had their own electronic devices they could highlight, underline, and annotate text on their devices, which could be just as effective.
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raWubu
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I agree with this solution. This situation would be hard to adapt to, but technology is taking over. There are ways around it.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 1:33 am

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Solution 4
Posted October 20, 2014 1:35 am

uGeWus
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Wow! I can see cutting down on the amount of copies used, but cutting them out completely?! My school does not have textbooks except for social studies and science. The rest of the time, we use authentic texts. We use the document camera or ELMO to show things that the students do not have a copy of but need to see. Many times, we use read-alouds and resources that the teacher has but the students do not. We use trade books and will type up passages from texts that we want to focus on for that particular lesson. We use chart paper and an easel or a Smartboard projector to get the text in front of the students.
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Solution 5
Posted October 11, 2015 8:25 pm

yHamyN
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I have seen some teachers use something called Smart Pal (promotes active learning) which allows students to place a piece of paper inside a plastic covering. Students can use this covering to write all over using dry erase markers. While it may be difficult for many pages at a time, if students are required to highlight or note smaller reading passages this may be a great alternative! They could fit anything inside of it, including their novels or anything else. Another method would be using google in the classroom (google forms, google sheets, google docs) where students can write, edit, and make comments on text written in these types of documents.
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