Virtual learning is beneficial for students and the environment

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Online learning has benefits for the environment.

This past year has been full of whirlwind experiences, from schools operating remotely and desk jobs taking place from home. The common theme of virtual occupancies fulfilling our everyday concepts has taken over around the world due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As schools in the Cherry Hill Public School District continue to operate on a hybrid schedule, many of its clubs and activities have remained virtual. Around the world, many schools operate virtually, taking advantage of various online platforms like Google Classroom, Canvas, and Zoom. As many schools decided to remain online, schools, students, facility, and staff have been able to stay safe. In this effort to stop the spread of COVID, an added benefit is the increase in paperless ingenuities. Opting to online formats is effective not only for newspapers, but for many operations globally.

As we have seen through online learning, many assignments benefit from being in a digital format. An effort to transition into more paperless initiatives includes cost effective options, easier access, and promotes a healthier environment. With schools and offices working remotely, the amount of wasted paper has decreased. According to the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, on average office workers use 10,000 sheets of paper each year. Using less paper in our everyday lives can conserve our resources, decrease water and energy use and help prevent pollution. Most times, information is printed, left in a folder and never used. The cycle of wasting paper is accustomed to many, however printed versions of documents are not always necessary. Along with working from home, the ability to share documents and files online reduces the necessity for paper. Similarly, virtual learning experiences limit the amount of paper used in schools as documents are not handed out and assignments are through virtual platforms.

Though some may argue that too much screen time can cause other harmful effects like eye strain, there has been limited research to show blue light causes actual damage to your eyes.

Not only does the digitalized option for sharing information have cost effective opportunities, it is better for the environment. As schools return to normal within a certain period of time, continuing the online presence for assignments, disbursement of newspapers, and other necessary work is key in a more paperless environment.