Using budget friendly technology to minimise your schools carbon footprint

With more trees being chopped down each year, the planet is no longer able to combat rising CO2 emissions as effectively as it formerly did, because much of the area removed of trees is utilised for agricultural reasons. Deforestation is generating a slew of environmental problems, including rising global temperatures, rising sea levels owing to melting glaciers, and the accelerated extinction of regional species and animals.

What is the connection between this and education? It’s no secret that schools play a significant role in paper usage in the United Kingdom. Around 300 million tons of paper are produced globally each year and 366 million tons of paper are consumed.

Not only does depending only on paper procedures harm the environment, but it also incurs additional expenses for the organisation. Printing, copying, storage, recycling, disposal, and other charges are among them. Not to mention that sharing information via paper documents might take days.

Genee has a commitment to help schools to find ways to reduce their paper waste by using budget friendly technology. It is now more important than ever to understand the importance of recycling and finding new ways of reducing waste. Did you know that the UK has a target to reduce carbon to 0 by 2050 and that deforestation will be banned by 2030?

The most budget friendly way to reduce paper waste in your classroom is with a Visualiser.

Visualisers or Document Cameras are a budget friendly tool to help make your lessons more engaging. With classrooms sizes getting bigger visualisers also serve as a way for students to see experiments and demonstrations on a large display. The Genee Vision Visualisers also work seamlessly with our G-Touch Screens.

Instead of having to print hundreds of worksheets for every student you can simply print one, and use a visualiser to show the worksheet to the whole classroom. Student can then write their answers on their computer or workbooks.

You can even take this further by using Genee Toolbar to annotate to fill in the worksheet on your interactive display, meaning you can use the same worksheet over and over again.

Genee Registrar – Visitor & Staff Sign in System

Genee Registrar Visitor Management System provides a simple to use sign-in solution with Photo Capture, Barcode Scanning and Visitor Label Printing. This allows visitors and staff to easily sign in and out of premises. Genee Registrar significantly reduces data entry and administration tasks typical of receptions with multiple signing in books. Stored data, reporting and fire evacuation procedures are supported by the Registrars features with cloud data available for signing in / out and fire evacuation.

Why is it better to use the cloud?

In schools, a large volume of paper is used for record-keeping. There are cloud solutions available that can conveniently save all of your vital papers, whether they be student records, grades, teacher information, or any other data. Not only will it save hundreds of sheets of paper, but it will also save your school’s physical storage space and give any authorised workers instant access to documents.


The G-Touch® Screens are the ultimate tool for your classrooms and will have the biggest impact on your teaching. All of our touchscreens are LED this means their power consumption is considerably lower than projectors and interactive whiteboards.

With the G-Touch® Ruby and Emerald once teachers have finished their presentation, students can scan a QR code on the touchscreen and instantly download the presentation. This negates teachers having to print presentations or email them students.

Use eBooks in Place of Textbooks

According to Lead Wins, 25% of college students purchase new textbooks. And the length of the books might range from 80 to 500 pages! Furthermore, the expense of purchasing textbooks typically discourages students from staying committed in certain classes. By converting to eBooks, schools save hundreds of pages of paper. Being able to view these eBooks on a large format display means everyone in the classroom can see what’s being read and, in turn, this will reduce cost for all the books and reduce carbon footprint.

Not only can teachers and students reduce carbon footprint in school, but with G-Touch, you can set an automatic timer to turn off the screens as soon as the school day finishes. That way, no energy is being wasted!

In-Class Quizzes and Assessments Should Be Digitized

Schools, similar to how they digitise attendance, offer software solutions that allow quizzes, exams, and other assignments to be completed on students’ mobile devices. Aside from reducing paper, digitising in-class quizzes enables for quick marking, saving instructors hours each week.

Touchscreens can be networked allowing teachers to access schools drives directly from the touchscreens. This means any quizzes and assessments can be shared as well as data and students’ grades.

Small steps are better than no steps. Even actions that marginally reduce paper will have long term impacts on our environment, as well as improve daily operations for your school immediately. So why not kill two birds with one stone by following the tips above.