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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