Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Print Anything, From Anywhere, At Anytime with Google Cloud Print

 Google Cloud Print is a print service that allows any device (computer, tablet or smartphone) in the network cloud to print anything from anywhere in the world.  For instance, if you are at home and need a worksheet(s) printed off for your students the next day, print from the Google Cloud Print service rather than your traditional printing method because the next morning, you will find the printed worksheet(s) at school waiting for pickup at the chosen printer.  That type of convenient service is even better than getting it hot off the press! 

Additional Features:

1.  No need to install hardware as all connections are via the web.

2.  Security is of utmost importance to Google.  All print jobs use the secure HTTPS web connection.  Once the print job is completed, the printed files are deleted from Google's servers.  In addition, you can personally delete print jobs and their history by accessing the Google Print Management page.

3.  In a single click, you can share printer access with friends, family, co-workers, etc. through the Google Print Management page.

How to Get Started with Google Cloud Print:

Before you connect, you will need the following items
1.  A Google Account - if necessary, click here to register.

2.  Chrome Web Browser

3.  Printer(s) - NOTE: The setup process will vary depending on what type of printer it is.

4.  An internet-ready computer

Depending on the type of printer you are trying to print from, click on the link below to connect to the Google Cloud Print Service.

Connecting Your Cloud Ready Printer
Connecting Your Classic Printer

I use the Google Cloud Print Service extensively.  You just can't beat the convenience!  I constantly have colleagues asking how I am able to 'take' printed materials from the photocopier without having to wait.  I am sure you will have a similar experience.  Give it a try!  Click here to get started.

This post originally appeared on The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers.

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