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  1. ♥♂►The Perfect Birth◄♀♥
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 14:08:15

    Just to play devil’s advocate here for a moment: how green ARE e-books when we are using energy to access them?

    But yeah, I totally dig this. Great thoughts and ideas here. I give it about 200 years before anyone listens (lol).


    • bornstoryteller
      Jul 02, 2011 @ 14:15:19

      Excellent question. A study should be done on the use of electrical/rechargeable batteries vs. the amount of Trees cut down for paper, and waste thereof. Not all paper gets recycled, and not all tablets would need to be on or charging the whole day.

      Thank you. I’m sure someone will pick that apart, but I feel you have to look at the figures first. I just see that ebooks are where we are headed; might as well move the process along faster.


  2. penniej2
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 00:45:10

    Glad you wrote this piece. It should be shouted from the rooftops, Tweeted like mad, everyone should hear it. So many good, valid points. Yes, why ruin kids’ backs carrying heavy books when the cheaper e-books can replace them? And yes, tablets by all means. As for Global Education, that should be a must!!! This country is far too insular-minded and many citizens have no idea that we only number 4.5% of the world’s population. If asked, they would probably say something more like 50%. So, it’s imperative for kids to learn about the other 96.5%.

    Penelope J.


    • bornstoryteller
      Jul 04, 2011 @ 08:44:27

      Pen: funny thing is, I even meant to mention the less strain some kids get from lugging all those books around. We used to have lockers to put the books we were done with in. So many schools are doing away with them and now the whole day’s books go along.

      Thank you.


  3. michelleshaeffer
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 16:00:17

    These are excellent suggestions, Stuart. I’d love to see school system take a step back and take a really open minded look at what’s working and what’s not. There are so many creative ways they could spend less so that funds can be allocated where they’re more effective.


    • bornstoryteller
      Jul 04, 2011 @ 16:10:41

      Thank you Michelle. Yes, there are a lot of ways to cut costs for LONG TERM instead of short term, that would be able to be used to keep people working and teaching properly.


  4. Hocam
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:18:39

    We have a green school programme in Ireland and our school has now got two green flags. The first was awarded for “reducing reusing and recycling” the second for reducing energy consumption. We are now working on our third flag which is for water conservation. The children have learned so much from the programme and in turn are educating their parents. BTW I too use the U shape classroom pupil numbers permitting. A great set up for teaching.


  5. bornstoryteller
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 19:41:44

    Thank you. I LOVE teaching in a U shape. Not round, and def not in rows or groupings of tables. Such a simple way to lead a classroom.


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