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Moving Toward the Paperless Institute

By: Eric Hasty, Bob Fecho
Date: March 9, 2010

Summary: Two teachers from Georgia's Red Clay Writing Project document a journey from a summer institute that relied on paper-based communication to one that employs blogs, wikis, online discussion groups, and other technology.



But in our 2007 summer institute, we facilitators wondered aloud, "What if these responses could be put online?" Within minutes, Eric ignited a sea of change in Red Clay by creating a way for fellows to answer these questions via an online survey tool. Now, instead of mad scribbling, happy goodbyes, and plans for beer that night, the sounds at the end of any day in the summer institute have become mad typing, happy goodbyes, and plans for beer that night."

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