“Mark Barnes is doing a quality job creating and implementing The Paperless Classroom course series. He is helping to bring educators into the 21st century. These courses have increased my awareness of the available technologies “out there” for educators for any grade level.
“The website design and the embedded assortment of technology is very impressive. So impressive, in fact, that my principal asked me to present my web site to my coworkers. Then he sent the web site information on to our superintendent. The principal even asked me if I would be willing to do a presentation to the school board! That illustrates the meaning of “impressive.”
“Although I opted to take the classes, I was very nervous about the level of my computer skills. If you can surf the ‘net, copy/paste, and word process, you’ll have no problems! All the while using the technology you learn about, Mark’s directions are thorough, and easy to follow as he incorporates written and verbal directions along with visual demonstrations. Mark’s podcasts and voice threads make learning interesting and very simple. Mark is very patient and quickly solves any problems that arise.
“Mark has created an opportunity for educators to bring some of the latest technology into the classroom. It is the new wave in education. It’s interesting, it’s fun, it’s engaging and it’s a great way to reach students.”
Wellington High School
“I took The Paperless Classroom I and II online this summer with Mark Barnes. These two classes were, by far, my favorite professional development classes I have taken. I am far from being technology savvy, but I do enjoy learning new things with my computer, especially if they will help me in my classroom. Learning to build a website-an interactive website-for my classroom was most rewarding.
“At first, I was worried about taking such a class online, but Mark quickly put my fears to rest. Mark was very patient, and answered all my questions quickly via email. Once I began the class, I found Mark’s directions clear and easy to follow. Step by step, I built my classroom website! Regardless of the grade you teach, this class will benefit you and your students. I truly believe the parents of my students will love the information they will receive when viewing my website!
“I am starting this upcoming school year with a new excitement towards technology. I can’t wait until I can teach my class how to make a podcast, and to encourage them to visit my website and comment on my blog. I truly envision my class becoming more motivated by using the technology in these new ways! My favorite activity, though, was creating a voice thread. I plan on creating many more, and having my class go to the computer lab to view a lesson via VoiceThread!
“I encourage any of you tossing around the idea of taking this class to DO IT! Don’t wait! Mark’s professionalism and knowledge of technology made me feel as though I had a private tutor sitting with me while I worked on this class.”
“Mark Barnes’ Paperless Classroom workshop and materials were beyond helpful. Mark is an excellent instructor who inspired the teachers at our school to reinvent their classrooms by making classroom website construction accessible to a variety of ability levels. I can’t wait to unveil the website with the new school year. Thanks Mark!”
— Nicholas Dorn, teacher Pepper Pike, OH
“I just finished the class called “The Paperless Classroom”. What a wonderful course! I soon realized that even though my computer knowledge was very limited, I could learn rapidly through Mark Barnes’ step-by-step online instruction and support. During this course, I was able to set up a classroom website for my primary special education class. I can alter the site activities and pages quickly at any time to cater to the individual needs of my students. I would recommend this course to any teacher!”
— Wendy Carson, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
“Mark Barnes has played a pivotal role in working out classroom usage scenarios for EditMe and has helped to shape EditMe’s product development to support these scenarios. He has helped many educators dive headfirst into the wiki world and acted as an advocate on behalf of EditMe’s educational customers. Finally, he’s a rare example of somebody who practices what he preaches, maintaining an active wiki for his own students while working out kinks and best practices to make his seminar content applicable in real classrooms.”
— Matt Wiseley, CEO EditMe.com
“I have found this to be the most beneficial class that I have taken in the last 3 years.”
— Sarah Meador, teacher Maple Heights, OH
“With a classroom website students don’t fall behind when absent. They can see exactly what they missed and in many cases complete the work at home with no additional help from the teacher.”
— Brindi Kandel, teacher Findlay, OH
“I love (web-based instruction). It’s easy, accessible and just so convenient to use. It’s amazing, and it makes me look forward to coming to class.”
— Lia, 7th grader
“There are many advantages to having a classroom website. It helps us so we don’t have to worry about leaving our assignments in our locker or our hamster eating our homework. It’s there on the internet and is able to be accessed from anywhere, so our lives become a little less easier.”
— Beth, 7th grader
“Having a classroom website is a great way of teaching. For example, with the website, you can save your classwork onto your own private page, so that you can continue to work on it at home. Not only that, but we are saving paper while we are learning in a more efficient way.”
— Meghan, 7th grader