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Print Student Documents in the Classroom with AirPrint

Using AirPrint wireless technology, students can easily print documents from their classroom iPads. AirPrint prints from the iPad to AirPrint-enabled printers without the aid of extra apps, drivers, or cables. This means that printing is built right into your iPad. More good news: You can print from your iPad without the help of that expensive IT guy.

AirPrint is a wireless technology that creates a connection between AirPrint-enabled applications on your iOS device and any printer that supports AirPrint technology. So, in short, you can print from your iPad . . . but only from iPad apps that include AirPrint support and only to printers that are AirPrint enabled.

To check whether a printer is AirPrint enabled, go to the Apple support website, where a list is constantly being updated.

Apple apps such as Pages, Keynote, Mail, Photos, and Safari all support AirPrint. There are also many third-party apps from the App Store that support AirPrint. If you have an AirPrint-enabled printer, the process of printing is easy: You simply tap Print from within your app, select an AirPrint-enabled printer, and print. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the curved-arrow action icon.

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  2. Tap Print.

    You see a list where (ideally) you can select your printer. If you can’t find any printers listed, there are several possible reasons:

    • Your printer isn’t turned on, has an error such as an empty paper tray, or needs a firmware update.

    • Your printer isn’t connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPad. AirPrint works only if the two are on the same Wi-Fi network.

    • Your printer doesn’t support AirPrint printing.

  3. If your printer is listed, configure the printer options and tap Print.

At this point, you’re either elated to see your print job coming out of the printer or cursing and wondering how you’re going to print. Relax there are options for those with and without AirPrint-enabled printers.

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