Lambert High marketing teacher Brian DeRose uploads all student learning materials to itslearning. "I have always relied on technology to keep myself organized,” Brian says.
Paper has always been Brian DeRose’s worst enemy. Loose paper, paper in binders, papers stapled together, and worst of all, piles of paper.
In college, his backpack was weighted down with books and an abundance of papers and the clutter followed Brian throughout his higher-ed years as well. After college, DeRose became a teacher but luckily for him, a teacher in the 21st century where instructional materials, with help from technology, have become increasingly available in digital format.
When he arrived at Lambert High to teach marketing (grades 9-12), he was given a user account to itslearning, the school's learning platform, and he knew he had a tool that could help him stay organized and eliminate the paper and clutter.
No more paper
"I have always relied on technology to keep myself organized,” Brian says. “So when I started using itslearning I tried to make my classroom as paperless as possible. I put everything for my students on itslearning. There is no reason not to when you have access to cloud computing. In the past, a student could say things like, 'I put the assignment on your desk and you lost it' and that would be a real possibility. Now that I upload everything onto itslearning, assignments are never lost.”
He admits that not all of his colleagues have embraced the all-electronic approach. But he is just glad he never has to visit the school photocopying room, which can be a very busy place.
itslearning a one-stop-shop for students and parents
"It's fine that teachers still photocopy documents for their students," Brian says. "Many have used a paper and pencil system for decades. They have their methods that work for them. But when you have a great tool like itslearning, there is no need for armfuls of paper. The students get everything they need on itslearning. It is a one-stop-shop. Storing everything on itslearning is also great for parents. In parent/teacher meetings, if I want to show student work, I just open itslearning, pull up the assignments and show them."
Two students in Brian DeRose’s marketing class completing an assignment on itslearning.
Posted on September 25, 2013
by Mark Macdonald filed under