"Do you have any thoughts on student work typed and saved on the computer vs handwritten work? I thought colleges would want to see examples of student's work in his own handwriting rather than work done on computer that theoretically could have been done by anyone. I want to move my kids to a paperless (or almost paperless) school. Will my children suffer as a result?"
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I am striving for paperless as well and given the comment by Ann I would have my files backed up on another device and have some of the important papers (yearly exam)and tests done by hand. I was thinking about hand-writing but they can keep journals and write one good paper every six months or so by hand if needed.
Be careful about going paperless. I would tend to say keep paper records as well as digital back-up. I finished my son's course descriptions yesterday, and [wouldn't you know it! =( ] we are having a problem with our computer where we are unable to open WordPerfect files. I wanted to copy some papers to include in the "Work Samples" section of his course descriptions. I'm so anxious to get it done that I'm tempted to forget about including samples, though I think a couple samples can strengthen the portfolio. So (my advice), keep paper as well. I'm old-school!
So, what about OneNote? I can scan their written work and save it with their other stuff in digital format. Do you think this is a disadvantage over the actual, origial, physical paper? Thanks, Lee!