I'm spending the day (ah! retirement!) scanning my seminary papers so I can shred the hard copies (why I am keeping them at all is another matter. Because I can, mostly. They really aren't worth the paper they're printed on.)
I mention it because I mentioned on-line seminary education the other day. I seem to have gone through about 1000 printed pages, without exaggeration, in my four years in seminary. One document includes a handscrawled note apologizing for not turning in a required set of "journal entries," simply because I ran out of paper the night before. Several papers I actually turned in (apparently?) were printed on the back of drafts I had printed but never submitted.
I remember us (the Lovely Wife, and the Golden Child, and I) being as poor as proverbial church mice, so I'm sure this was a cost-cutting measure.
Anyway, I'm scanning them because I've been through more than a few computers since then (one document notes my seminary computer crashing twice while I was trying to write, taking documents with it. Those were the days, huh?). I don't even remember what computer I had then, and I've since switched to a Mac, so compatability of old files (30 year old computer files, by now) would have been a problem anyway (I'm archiving PDF's, but we'll see how that works out in the future. Or, again, I won't really care. It's not like humanity losing the Alexandrian library here, ya know.)
In my last several years as an English teacher I took papers on-line only, whether the class was on-line or face-to-face. So maybe that will be a savings of paper and ink for rustypickup. If he gets his classes online, the papers will be, too. The savings on paper and storage space alone will be a blessing.
And you can probably just take an iPad into the pulpit with you.
I think I scanned all my sermons a couple of years back… 🤔 Again, no loss to humanity if I didn’t….