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Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~August 2013~

Pen and Paper:  The First Technology

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You head out for a day of work: Smart phone-check.  Up-dated tablet-check. Lap top in briefcase-check. Pen and Paper-WHAT?  Hard to remind ourselves that the very first technology was the pen and paper.  And it is still useful.

According to Justin Rosenstein, a software designer, “Computers are great when information is highly structured, but for brainstorming and early design, nothing beats writing on paper.  The paper helps with higher level designs and ideas.  At meetings that require creative thinking provide people with paper or you run the risk of debating the number of pixels or color before you have agreed on what it is you are “building.”

Beth Kanter refers to those using tech tools and paper and pen as being bilingual.  She “noticed that analog and digital methods of note-taking or knowledge capture seem to make me think in different ways.”  She believes that typing or writing encodes differently in the brain.”

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Paper Lives

Review what you know about paper in the workplace and at home.  Why we are a long way from going paperless.  Circle the correct answer. Answers are on the Training page in Volunteer Today.

1.  Compared with paper, the average person’s reading speed when using a tablet or e-reader:

a.  increases – 10%
b.  increases -  5%
c.  Is about the same
d.  Decreases -  5%
e.  Decreases – 10%

2.  You can reduce stress by 68% if you read a physical book for :

a.  About 3 minutes
b.  About 6 minutes
c.  About 18 minutes
d.  About 30 minutes

3.  The number of business cards printed in the US each day is:

a.   4 million
b.  12 million
c.  28 million
d.  41 million

4.  Percentage of consumers who have opted out of paper statements from their banks and other billers:

a.  14%
b.  26%
c.  34%
d.  41%

5.  The U.S. currently has a paper recycling rate of approximately:

a.  35%
b.  45%
c.  55%
d.  65%

6.  That rate (recycling) equals how much per every person in the U.S.?

a.  75 pounds
b.  150 pounds
c.  225 pounds
d.  330 pounds

7.  The difference between the number of trees planted each year and those harvested or otherwise lost results in:

a.  A net loss of 0.5%
b.  Neither a loss nor a gain
c.  A net gain of 20%
d.  A net gain of 45%







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