Green Corner: Taking notes on going green

Hey, Rider, listen up. If you tuned into 107.7 The Bronc radio station anytime last week, then you most likely heard a green tip regarding going paperless in the classroom.
In case you missed it, it was, “As the improvements in technology whiz by, why not jump on board? With tablets, smartphones and laptops being as prevalent as they are, why not make an impact by going green in the classroom? Taking notes and submitting assignments electronically can make a huge impact on our sustainability here at Rider University.”
I was in my Monday 8 a.m. class when I noticed a classmate taking notes using her iPad with a stylus. One might think that using electronics in the classroom would only distract from lectures and lessons; however, if you already own an iPad or a similar tablet, you can easily start to go paperless in the classroom. After downloading an application specifically geared toward note taking, I quickly made the switch to eco-friendly activity in the classroom. Obviously in-class rules vary from one professor to the next. Luckily, my teachers allow me to use my iPad to jot down notes daily.
After surveying fellow iPad users, I was led to download and use the note-taking app, Notability. The app is extremely user-friendly and allows me to choose my paper from options like lined, blank or colored, and choose to handwrite, type, highlight or audio record my lectures.
One benefit is that I will never run out of paper or room to write. My notes are organized first by class and then by topic. It is extremely convenient to have all my notes from my classes and extracurricular activities in one place. Notability also provides a feature for importing articles and PDFs directly into your notes. Once imported, you can take notes and highlight directly on any PDF. If you ever need to share your notes, they can be emailed from the app and shared.
The goal of paperless classrooms is to reduce the number of notebooks, photocopies and wasted scrap paper that we encounter each day. After printing, photocopying or drafting notes and assignments, always recycle your papers when finished. If every student at Rider reduced his or her paper use, the university’s carbon footprint would be greatly reduced. Keep your eyes and ears open for simple ways that you can make a difference in your school. Live green, love green and think green.

-Mark Laseter
Westminster Eco-Rep

Printed in the 3/8/13 edition.

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