BEFORE OUR PROJECT:
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Conclusions about our data:
The average is the addition of all data divided by the number of items of data. This sampling is one third of our staff. So if we take the average of this sample and multiply it by 3 we can estimate the average of the entire staff. The average of this sampling is 3983/20=199.15 or 199 sheets of paper on average per week. We know that 199 is close to 200 and 250 is half of a ream. One ream uses 6 tenths of a tree, so half of a ream uses 3 tenths of a tree. If every teacher uses 3 tenths of a tree each week on average, our staff is using 3 tenths times 60 or 18 trees per week. If we are in school about 36 weeks per year, we are using 18 trees times 36 weeks or 648 trees per school year!

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We took a survey and found out that the staff uses paper mostly for assessments, then homework and newsletters, then monitoring student progress, then report cards, then worksheets and math performance tasks.
Our goal......is to give suggestions that are easy to do, inexpensive, and motivational.
Technology is going to be a large push for us. We know that Weebly, Wikispaces, and MISD Teacher Websites are all able to post homework and newsletters, so we don't know why a paper version is being sent out. We will encourage our teachers to send less homework and newletters home by paper, and more by the web.
We will research free assessment tools available to the teachers that are online.
We will suggest the paperless monitoring our teacher uses with Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 as a tool for all teachers to use for emails, monitoring our progress, and as a gradebook.
We will send this wikispace and this data to our district representatives to try to encourage a paperless report card system.
Worksheets and performance tasks can be done using sheet protectors and Vis-a-Vis markers or through free quiz or online assessment tools.

Our plan of action:
We will send out informational Glog posters to the staff as a paperless way of communicating our data and suggestions. We have created this wikispace to organize our project paperless too.


AFTER OUR PROJECT:
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Conclusions about our "after" data:
The new average of the same sampling is 2424/20=121.2 or 121 sheets of paper on average per week. We know that 121 is 61% of 199 so our project inspired a reduction of paper usage by 39%! That is down to a little more than 1/4 of a ream a week from almost 1/2! One ream uses 6 tenths of a tree, so 1/4 of a ream uses 1.5 tenths of a tree. If every teacher is now using 1.5 tenths of a tree each week on average, our staff is now using 1.5 tenths times 60 or 9 trees per week. If we are in school about 36 weeks per year, we are using 9 trees times 36 weeks or 324 trees per school year!