Magazine article Technology & Learning

A Form of Change

Magazine article Technology & Learning

A Form of Change

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Once initial tech costs are covered, teachers are trained, parental resistance is handled, and kids find a new version of "The dog ate my homework" to excuse their late book reports, paperless classrooms can start reaping the financial benefits of saving all those trees. You say you're not quite ready to swap heavy backpacks for flash-drive lanyards? Take a page from the Visalia Unified School District in California, and you may find that small change adds up to big bucks.

Because of budget cuts, the district asked all departments to find ways they could do more with less. Al Foytek, director of IT, discovered that Visalia USD, which has a population of 27,000 (K-12) students and 25,000 employees at 44 educational sites, also had more than 100 labor-intensive, inefficient paper-based administrative processes.

Foytek used PerfectForms, a Webbased service ($30 a month) that lets users build and customize applications from an existing library, to create simple online forms for each process. …

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