It is estimated that 34 billion sheets of paper are used in US schools per year.
In fact, around the world, education is still very attached to paper. At a time when climate change is a reality for many of us, unnecessarily using so many resources is a very serious issue.
Also many schools are struggling to afford to buy sufficient supplies, not to mention funding the even bigger cost of printing things on it. Did you know that ounce for ounce, printer ink is twice as expensive as Chanel No.5?
A good proportion of those sheets of paper, are used for non-academic purposes: student registration, medical records, permission slips for sport and field trips and a whole host of other parental communications. Using paper for this is both unnecessary and inefficient: all parental communication forms can now be digital with ZippSlip and sent from school to parent electronically.
Then parents can view and fill in forms on their laptop, tablet or smartphone which is much more convenient and accurate. Forms can be wholly or partially pre-filled at the school, and parents can amend, add and approve. They can also make electronic payments for things like field trips or musical instrument hire, without the hassle of teachers or administrators dealing with cash and checks. And the forms can be in any language making it much easier to communicate with parents who don’t have English as a first language.
Parents love the convenience of filling out forms online, and not having to repeatedly give the same information over and over, year after year. And the benefits for schools are numerous:
Spend less on paper and ink
Save budget on other stationary items associated with paper use – folders, pockets, staples
Save space in the school – no need to archive files and store paper
No need to handle money at school
Use precious staff time on more productive tasks other than data input
Massively improve the ability to produce timely analysis and reports on a host of issues
And of course, the benefits for the environment are immense. Cutting down on the use of paper and ink saves the earth’s precious resources – what better reason to make the switch to digital? We are trying to teach our children how important the environment is to us, and so it makes sense to show them how technology can help to save trees! In fact, it’s hard to think of a good reason to carry on using paper.
A quick demo will show you how easy it is to make the change. ZippSlip already has a million users in the US, and many schools can be up and running in about a week. Save money and do your bit for the planet! Click below to book a demo.
ZippSlip is a digital parent communication tool that eliminates the hassle of paperwork. Teachers and parents love the ease of electronic permission slips and forms and online payments. Ready to try a secure tool that reduces paperwork and gives you a direct line of communication with parents? Contact ZippSlip today.