Can a laptop ease my admin burden?

Monday, January 26th, 2009 | Computer Usage

Administration – even the work is an unpleasant mouthful.  Perhaps that is why we try to soften it by calling it “admin”.

Admin is, without question, the least glamorous part of teaching.  The good news is that a laptop can help to ease your admin burden.  It can be particularly useful when dealing with repetitive and time consuming tasks.  Time saved in this way allows you to focus on the more enjoyable and rewarding aspects of teaching. 

Here are a few ways in which a laptop can cut your admin load.

A laptop can be used to prepare examination papers, test papers, worksheets, lesson plans and similar documents.  The documents you create can be saved for later use.  A laptop also makes it easier to share these documents with colleagues – by sharing resources, you are all able to work faster and smarter.

You can use your laptop to keep records of test results and class attendance.  A laptop includes tools that can calculate automatically, updating records as figures are changed.  This is a great time-saver and ensures accuracy.

A laptop makes a great filing cabinet!  All your lesson plans, notes, lists, reports and other documents can be filed and stored in one place.  This results in an orderly system and saves searching time.  It also saves a lot of space – with all your documents safely stored on your laptop, you can ditch all those bulky paper files.

If you take your laptop along to a meeting you will be able to take minutes while the meeting is in progress.  Just imagine how much time you could save if you prepare and issue the minutes on the spot!

A laptop can help you to automate routine tasks and take the slog out of admin.  When you start using your laptop you will discover more ways in which it will save you time and effort.

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5 Comments to Can a laptop ease my admin burden?

Tuesday, 27 January, 2009

A laptop is just a smaller version of the old desktop. Whatever you do on the ws, you can do it with and on a laptop as well.

The greatest advantage of a laptop is …. your admin is now under your arm, or even better ….on a flash disk / memory stick or removeable drive… inside your pocket !! Depending on its side.

And the admin folders are manageable, small in “physical” appearance and well-organised. No more …. an old leather bag !

Albie Admin on 16 GIG

Friday, 27 February, 2009


The register can be updated in the classroom every morning.This reduces much of the duplication of first doing it on a classlist and then going to the computer lab to redo it.

Assessment marks can be inserted as soon as the work has been marked.

Gerald Roos
Thursday, 12 March, 2009

The admin aspect of laptops specifically illustrates the need for systemic change to accompany change at the individual level. It would be wasteful in all ways if school systems (and wider) did not accommodate this potential greater fluency of admin tasks. I hope that provinces will come on board with systemic support and streamlining that would complement the teacher laptop programme.

A. Delport
Friday, 27 March, 2009

Having the laptop has certainly made the admin part of my job easier, considering that is the demand at our school. Marking the register, preparing reports, completeing schedules, all but the click of a button away….nd we don’t even have to cart around a ton of books, files and paper….truely a great help!

Friday, 27 March, 2009

It provides me with the necessary tool needed to complete my admin work in due time. Considering that we find ourselves in class for 99% of our day, it makes the task lighter for completing administration work when the learners are busy in class.

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