In celebration of Earth Day in April, an organized effort to reduce the use of paper, and in fact, go paperless, was spearheaded by Shelley Blake-Plock. About 1,500 teachers nationwide and beyond made the pledge to go paperless that day. A collaborative effort produced a Google Doc with numerous ways to give up paper in the classroom. The beauty of this document is the fact it was created by teachers, for teachers. No administrators were involved. No AT specialists were necessary.
What does this mean for us?
We know that too often, paper creates the disability for many students. In a non-paper environment, their disability disappears.
An invaluable document detailing typical activities using paper and paperless alternatives exists for all to use as a resource. There are great ideas and abundant resources here.
It's good teaching and it's Universal Design - embedding UDL principles proactively into instruction.
While I applaud the effort that started the paperless trend, I encourage you to join the paperless bandwagon for your students, not just for the environment.