In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m recycling a post about Print Friendly, one of my favorite “go green” Cool Tools for the Classroom.
This nifty service optimizes and formats web pages for a perfect print experience by removing unwanted ads, text, navigation information and images so the user can save both paper and ink when printing necessary documents. Besides being free and super easy to use, the best part is that this application is that documents formatted utilizing the Print Friendly site can also be converted to a PDF and saved for later use.
How does this “Cool Tool” work? Simply copy the URL of the web site you wish to print and copy this address in the space provided on the Print Friendly home page. Then click the “print preview” button to view the desired web page in a “junk-free” setting.
In addition to the copy and paste feature, a Print Friendly bookmarklet can also be added to your favorite browser for quick and easy access. For those of you who host your own web site, blog and/or wiki, a Print Friendly widget is also available—an option that allows visitors to print an ad-free, navigation bar-free version of any page on your site. Check mine out below!
Print Friendly can be utilized when you and/or your students need to print documents from the Internet. Imagine the money that can be saved from reducing the use of paper and ink—especially when students are completing research projects! Besides the obvious, Print Friendly also removes unnecessary information from articles to create a distraction-free printed document for all levels of readers.
You can score some major points with your technology coordinator for introducing this cost efficient tool to your classroom!
Erin Go Bragh! ♣