Printing from a Chromebook

Printing from a Chromebook

What can I say?

We homeschoolers like printables. It doesn’t seem to matter how many lovely things we can do online – – there are still those occasions when we want to be able to hit that “PRINT” button, and get something tangible for our efforts!

I’ve often heard people express concern over transitioning to a Chromebook because of a worry over whether they will be able to print from a Cloud-based device. Well, worry no more! I’m going to guide you through printing from a Chromebook in this post AND share with you some of my absolute favorite sites for free printables perfect for homeschooling!

Printing from Cloud Printers

More and more printers recently manufactured are designed to be capable of “printing from the cloud.” You can find a full list of cloud-ready printers on Google.com. With these printers, you don’t have to have a PC to print from your Chromebook. All you simply need to do is:

  1. In your Chrome browser settings menu  , scroll down and choose “Advanced Settings”   Menu Icon
  2. Scroll down to “Google Cloud Print” and choose “Manage”
  3. Google Cloud Print will then scan your network for cloud-ready printers, and will ask you to register your device under “New Devices” (Note: if you have previously registered your printer in Google Cloud Print, this step won’t be necessary)
  4. Once you’ve registered your printer, print out a confirmation page
  5. You may now print successfully from your Chromebook

C4H TIP: To print the current webpage you are on use: CTRL+ P

Printing from Home or Network Printers

Even if you don’t own a cloud-ready printer, you can still successfully print anything to your printer connected to a desktop or laptop or a printer connected to your home network. It simply requires a few more set-up steps.

  1. In your computer that is already wired to your printer, or is connected wirelessly to your printer, open up your Chrome browser. (If you don’t have Chrome already installed on that computer, you’ll need to do that now)
  2. Make sure to login to your Chrome browser on the connected computer with the same login you use on your Chromebook
  3. Click on the Menu button in your Chrome browser and choose “Advanced settings” Menu Icon
  4. Scroll down to “Google Cloud Print” and choose “Manage”
  5. Click on “Add Printers” and Google Cloud Print will search for any connected or network printers you have attached to that computer
  6. Select the printer that needs to be added and click on “Add Printer”
  7. You should see a confirmation screen letting you know you’re printer is ready to be used with Google Cloud Print
  8. You may now print successfully from your Chromebook

Now for the really fun part…let’s talk about FREE PRINTABLES

Top Sites for Free Printables for Homeschoolers

 

Three Reasons Every Roadschooler Should Own a Chromebook

Three Reasons Every Roadschooler Should Own a Chromebook

3 Reasons Every Roadschooler Should Own a Chromebook

Who wouldn’t want to be a roadschooler? Learning not by reading or hearing about the world, but by experiencing it for yourself. Having new adventures daily. Creating memories to last a lifetime. It’s hard to think of very many downsides to the roadschooling lifestyle, except perhaps that space is at a minimum. Whether traveling by car, van, or RV, a roadschooler has to carefully consider what items are necessary, and what items can be left behind. That’s exactly why a Chromebook makes an incredibly smart choice for any roadschooling family.

Here are three reasons why every roadschooler should own a Chromebook:

  1. Chromebooks take up less room than the average textbook. And yet they hold the ability to access the information of all the textbooks in the entire world! The average chromebook is approximately the length and width of a standard piece of paper and is less than an inch thick. And yet, it includes a full-size keyboard! That means it could fit easily in a backseat cargo holder, an underseat bin, or even in a large glovebox!
  2. Chromebooks will last the better part of a day’s drive. On a single charge, most Chromebooks will stay powered for 5-7 hours, which means that your homeschool student could complete a couple online courses, write a blog post, play several online games, and edit dozens of trip-related pictures without ever having to plug back in.
  3. Each student can have a separate account on a single Chromebook.  One of the greatest features of Chromebooks is the ability to create multiple user accounts and easily switch back and forth between those accounts. When you do that, the bookmarks and profile settings of each distinct user are remembered, so it’s like having a separate computer for each child – – no need to pack multiple computers!

If you are a roadschooler, and are considering a Chromebook, definitely explore our Online Store to find the Chromebook that best fits your needs. Also, bookmark each of these amazing roadschooling resources:

 

Top Chromebooks for Homeschoolers

As homeschoolers, we are trying to make every dollar count. Often, we’re a one-income family, or sometimes combining two part-time incomes, but either way, when we make a purchase, we want it to be the right one.

For that reason, if you are looking at a Chromebook for your homeschooler, we want to help provide you with information that will help you decide which computer is right for your family.

Chromebooks $200 or less

ASUS C201
As one of the least expensive Chromebooks on the market, this is an 11.6 inch model weighing less than 2 pounds which makes it ultra portable for on-the-go homeschooling. The C201 comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage space, which means all your files and pictures can easily be stored in the cloud. It has a full-size keyboard so typing is a breeze. It comes with an integrated webcam for online courses or just chatting. This computer receives a 4.6 out of 5 star rating at Amazon.

ACER CB3-111-C8UB
This is also an 11.6 inch entry level Chromebook with built-in virus protection. With super-fast load time, this will get your favorite homeschool websites up and running in no time. It connects to wifi seamlessly, so it can become part of your home wireless network or can allow you to school anywhere there is an open connection. The CB3 features anti-glare coating allowing you to use the unit without distractions in well-lit areas. It weighs just 2.7 pounds and is less than 1 inch thick to make it perfectly portable. This computer receives a 4.6 out of 5 star rating at Amazon.

Chromebooks between $200 and $300

TOSHIBA CB35-B3330
Featuring a dual-core processor, the CB35-B3330 is ready to tackle multiple internet tasks at once, but still maintains up to 7 hours of battery life per charge. This Chromebook is great for educational games with an oversized touchpad and full sized keyboard. The screen on this model is 13.3 inches which makes it ideal for watching educational video, and contains 2GB of memory which provides room enough to store files for a whole family. This computer receives a 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

LENOVO IDEAPAD N20P

One of the newest trends in Chromebooks is to offer them in a touchscreen version. That is what makes the Lenovo N20P unique in this category. It can serve as either a laptop or can convert into “stand mode”, depending on which way you fold the screen. Although only 11.6 inches screen width, the standalone option makes this model perfect for viewing movies or YouTube videos. But if you use a lot of touch-based applications, this is another reason to consider the Lenovo N20P. This computer receives a 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Chromebooks over $300

ACER 15 CB5-571-C09S
The obvious next upgrade is to increase the screen size. At 15 inches, the Acer 15 will feel much more like a traditional laptop. This is the biggest screen available for a Chromebook. This model also offers 2 upward facing speakers, giving audio quality high priority. It also features the largest touchpad of any available Chromebook, which may appeal to users with larger hands or who just need more wiggle room when they tap, pinch, swipe, and scroll. This computer receives a 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Why Chromebooks for Homeschoolers?

Why Chromebooks for Homeschoolers

Would you laugh if you heard someone say that every homeschooling family should own at least one Chromebook? Then prepare to giggle, because that’s exactly what I’m about to tell you. As one of the least expensive personal computers on the market, a Chromebook just makes sense for both homeschooling parents and students.

Here’s why.

Chromebooks Simplify Homeschooling

As someone who has homeschooled for 15 years now, I realize that one of the single most important goals I can create for myself is to simplify, simplify, simplify. Nothing will derail your motivation to home educate faster than trying to keep track of twenty different curricula, three different filing cabinets, and resources that are stored in twelve different areas of your home.

A Chromebook lets you manage it all in “the cloud” with free built in organizational tools like Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Photos. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I needed to print something and figure out where to store it. Google takes care of all that for me so I can focus on things I’d rather be doing.

Chromebooks Can Go Where You Go

If you are just beginning your homeschool journey, then you might want to sit down for this news: Homeschoolers are rarely at home.  With the growth of homeschooling has come the increase in educational and networking opportunities in local communities. Playgroups, co-ops, field trips, and local classes often fill many hours in a homeschooler’s week.

For that reason, homeschoolers may want to take at least part of their schooling along with them. Lightweight and mobile Chromebooks allow homeschoolers to connect to any available wi-fi or mobile network connection to finish up an online lesson or watch an educational video on drives, while waiting for siblings, or during a break at the park.

Chromebooks are Fun

With the ease of a tablet but the processing power of a computer, Chromebooks are the ideal choice for homeschoolers who prefer to blend fun and learning. Unlike iPads and Galaxy tablets, you don’t have to “hope” that your favorite online games, lessons, and videos will work on your device. Chromebooks are true computers that allow your kids to access any website – – even those with no dedicated mobile app.

Plus, you’ll find a ton of learning activities you may not have even been aware of in the Chrome store, like Vocabulary Spelling City, Storybird, PBS Kids Play, and much, much more. And if you choose a touchscreen Chromebook, your kids will feel like they are a part of the action in all of their favorite games.