You are all familiar with the traditional use of assignment exchange and our new assessment capabilities, but have you considered how eBackpack can help eliminate a whole host of paperwork? When you put aside the notion that an eBackpack assignment must be used for standard assignments, a whole host of possibilities emerges!
eBackpack is the perfect vector to organize and streamline all paperflow between you and your students. Check out some of our creative ideas below!
Discipline/Late Work Forms
Many teachers have had the facepalm moment in which she sorts through a file folder of discipline forms only to discover that little Jimmy earned detention but she lost the slip of paper. The eBackpack quick fix is to share your discipline form as an assignment due at the end of the school year. With each offense, have your students fill out and submit a form so that you will easily know how many forms have been submitted for each student! This is great for parent conferences as well! Use the same procedure for late work forms.
As field trip season rolls in so does the dreaded task of disbursing and collecting permission slips. Inevitably, a quarter of the students misplace the form and another third come in with spilled juice or coffee stains-though there are the token forms that haven’t a wrinkle. When trip day comes, you lug your folder of crinkled, ripped, and stained papers onto the bus in the event that you need documentation or proof that the student should be on the trip. Use eBackpack to distribute and collect your permission forms to prevent loss, destruction, and a cumbersome folder. The day of the trip will be so much simpler when you open the eBackpack app on your phone to view the list of students who should not be stowaways on the bus!
Student Information/Interest Forms
Chances are that in the first days of school you have your students fill out a paper or index card with parent contact information, schedule, likes, dislikes, etc. Those papers then get filed away in a notebook, alphabetically for the organizational pros, and often collect dust or get torn as the year goes on. The eBackpack alternative is a document that eBackpack will store and organize for you without the need for yet another 3 ring binder!
Back to School Documentation
The piles of papers teachers accumulate at the beginning of the year can seem insurmountable. There are the class policy acknowledgements, syllabi, safety contracts in science, etc. After receiving these documents, teachers are faced with the daunting task of sorting, filing, and tracking down missing papers. With eBackpack you can create an assignment for each of these documents and let us sort, file, and provide you a quick list of missing forms!
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