Beyond the revolutionary changes in education the South Kent School has seen due to eTextbooks and digital, paperless classrooms [read more here], the shift has helped the school move further into the sustainability movement.
When South Kent made the transition to eTextbooks in Fall 2011, the faculty had planned a slow transition to paperless homework, but instead was forced into it overnight.
"Under the guise of a software glitch, we made a strategic decision to not connect the iPads to printers," said Phil Darrin, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.
Having their crutch removed so suddenly, while causing a few headaches at the time, ended up being a very good thing for the school.
In dollars, the school saw paper cost reduce from $2,200 to $750 between September and January – that’s a 66 percent reduction.
If you do the math to judge environmental impact, that works out to a reduction from 7.5 trees in the fall 2010 semester to about 2.5 trees last fall.
Now re-enrollment forms, staff contracts and even the school magazine are available digitally.
"We are giving people more options so it's not just a piece of paper," said Gonzo Garcia, the school's Chief Information Officer. "You can get it on all of your devices."
South Kent is 92% digital thanks to help from ClassBook.com. The school has campus-wide WiFi and uses smart boards in all of its classrooms.
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