Fluco Toolbox: PrintFriendly

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever found a great article online that you wanted to share with your students, but when you tried to print it, it was hard to read? Worry no more because there’s a tool to fix that!

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: PrintFriendly

First, the basics:

Name: PrintFriendly
URL: http://www.printfriendly.com
Cost: Free
Problem this tool solves: Makes web articles easy to read and print friendly. Provides users with the ability to modify the look of the article, as well as save it as a .PDF, email, or print it directly from the page.

PrintFriendly is a handy little website that you’ll wonder how you did without! It allows you to take an article from a web page and make it print friendly, as the name of the website suggests. I’m sure we’ve all run across the articles that take up too many pages when printed, don’t fit nicely or a page, or copy/paste creates a nightmare of a mess.

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PrintFriendly’s homepage. Simply paste the URL of the article into the search box to begin.

All one has to do is find an article from a website. If you simply want to see how PrintFriendly works, then use the “Try it” feature below the search box on the main page. PrintFriendly will pull up an article from one of the sites listed, and allow you to test out their features.

Once you have an article, then the fun begins. PrintFriendly lets you play with the text size, the image size (or remove images completely), and allows you to delete sections of the article that you don’t need. You’ll find that PrintFriendly already gets rid of those pesky ads within the article for you. At any time, you can click

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Check out those editing tools. If you wish to delete text from the article, just hover over the text, and you’ll get an option to delete it.

When the article is modified to your liking, then you may print directly from the page, create a PDF that can be saved, or email a copy of the article to someone. That’s it!

PrintFriendly is a very simply and easy to use tool, and will definitely change how you use articles within your classroom. Give it a try and see what a difference it makes!

Resources

If you need a visual tutorial, check out this video:

 

Fluco Toolbox image created by Stephanie King (Fan) for this series. Please do not use without permission.

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