Printing with G Suite - notes from the field.

Google G Suite for Education does not remove the need to print, it just provides the platform to allow it to happen.

A school with GSfE and a set of classroom Chromebooks can be set up in a traditional way. Each device is linked with a departmental printer and students are controlled through a quota or print release system. For schools in the UK this process might involve using an additional software package such as PaperCut which has excellent CloudPrint integration.

But after installing all this new technology, nothing has really changed. It's a bit of a missed opportunity.

To remove or substantially reduce printing teachers need to change the way they plan and deliver their lessons, driven by a belief that a paperless solution will make their job easier and provide new opportunities for learning. In fact that’s the only way it works.

Perhaps the argument is best left to a selection of public comments posted by school administrators who have that actually tried this approach.

And remember....

We went from Students printing almost daily to almost absolutely ZERO student printing. 
Our students now ONLY print in the guidance office when they are printing something for getting a job or related to scholarships  Its been fantastic .... It was a challenge at first to get all of our staff on board with getting all assignments submitted electronically and graded electronically but eventually it all took! 

We don't have print enabled on our Chromebooks. If they need to print, they go to a desktop computer and print from there. We have not had any issues doing this. One reason we decided not to is to force the share/collaboration aspect and also to save on printing every assignment. We have saved a lot of paper and money in the last two years.

We chose to not let students print from their chromebooks.  We have two designated printers (with a windows box next to them) in our library and cafeteria.  If students need to print they can go to one of those computers and print. Printing by students is almost non-existent at the new school compared to the other schools. While access to the chromebooks is an important factor, I would attribute this more to teaching practices. Teachers and students in all three high schools have the same access to GAFE, Classroom, and Moodle, but the teachers at the new high school were selected on their teaching philosophies and made a commitment to using these tools.

Student printing has decreased 90%. Our district is 480 K-12 students. Savings of about $4000.00 per year. We've virtually eliminated printing for students all together.  We offer printing in two locations for students, but they never print.  PD for teachers utilizing classroom and other online tools for student devices (we are 1:1) was the key factor.  This has also reduced our staff printing by 60% from last year to this year. 

We are one to one in grades 5-12, students cannot print from their chromebooks, if they must print they have to either share it with a teacher and the teacher prints it, or go to a lab computer and print. Google classroom has brought down our teacher printing about 50 percent. we also are switching a lot of in house requests to use google forms to cut down on our printing as well.     

We are 1:1 grades 4-12 and never set up printing for Chromebooks. Students either share it with a teacher or login to a lab computer/laptop. Best way to force people to go paperless. And you know what? It worked.  

K-8 with 1:1 Chromebooks ( by classroom). We only allow students to print from the one remaining computer lab or LMC. Printing totals  for staff and students have dropped by 45% over the past  school year. Going paperless requires a change in the way teachers plan out projects and assessments. In the end they seem happy with the results. At the start of the change, not so much.

Students do not print from chromebooks. They email the teacher or login in library computers to print. I do not have numbers at this point but our printing supplies and costs have been greatly reduced. We opened a new high school this school year with 1:1 chromebooks. Our other two high schools have chromebooks in many classrooms and pc's in lab settings. 

We don't let students print at all. If they need something printed, they rely on their teachers. This encourages electronic collaboration and discourages waste. 

You probably want to carefully consider opening the gates to a printer unless you have money to burn. We have turned off printing for our students, leaving our teachers to decide if something is worthy of the paper it will be printed on. More time consuming to them, but it saves us literally thousands of dollars in paper and printing costs. 

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