Teachers Spend Up To $3,000 Each On Printing

Teachers in the USA spend up to $4 billion every year just to copy and print classroom materials.

Office Depot announced the findings of its recent survey conducted by the Center for College & Career Readiness in April with 5,208 participating teachers.

Results revealed that the cost of getting digital content into the hands of students range between $1,500 and $3,000 per teacher annually.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • 60% educators found the use of digital curriculum has not saved time on copying and printing;
  • 75% U.S. teachers spend 1-2 hours preparing materials each week; 25% spend 2-3 hours and nearly 5% spend more than 4 hours;
  • More than 20% said the time spent preparing materials has increased;
  • 45% are merely responsible for printing, copying and preparing digital curriculum
  • More than half of the respondents use valuable parent volunteer or aide time to help with copying and printing

According to Office Depot, in schools across the U.S., free digital resources are increasingly used in classrooms with encumbered preparation and hidden costs. “Teachers would rather invest their time and talents in the classroom with students versus copying digital curriculum to hand-out in class,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. He said the company’s “Committed to Learning” initiative plan, produce and offer classroom materials to free up time for teachers for more practical work.



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