Every student has a laptop in school but how do we setup printers
Every student has a laptop in school but how do we setup printers.
Here is a dilemma that is facing us....
Students of 6th form and Year 11ís and 10ís are being issued with a laptop each (windows 7)
6th form will be taking their laptops off site and home, and as yet weíve not decided what level of access they will have but it wonít be as restrictive as the years 11s and 10s.
The dilemma were facing is the printing, as student will be moving around the school, how can we overcome the problems of students printing to different printers.
What we want to avoid is this:
English studentsí print to English printer, but some students have forgotten to select the correct printer. Now maths printer receives some of the English students work.
Some English students donít seem to be getting any work on the English printer so they keep resending, not thinking to check the settings to see what the default printer is set at.
What we need to have is a way that students donít make the above mistake
Toner is charged to the departments, so maths wonít want to be picking up the cost for English etc....
We have several ideas but all of them need exploring for possible flaws, and welcome any advice.
Buy a network photo copier for each year group and place these around the school, each student will have a print code. This is something we already do with staff...
Pros: we have tabs on printing, and only one printer would have to be mapped per year group..
Cons: which departments will pick up the cost of printing, paper and leasing of photocopier? Students may be leaving lessons to collect work from photocopiers, queues may develop as students input their print codes at the photocopier.
Internet printing is being investigated by my senior techie tomorrow; neither of us have explored this before.
Option 3: The reason behind me making this post, since i saw this as a possibility to our problem, and its been welcomed by my systems manager as a possibility.
Student with laptop goes to lesson, Maths with Mr T period 1.
Student needs to print out graphs so they send to printer in classroom; laptop tells them no printer driver installed, not active, no permissions, choose printer etc... Whatever warning is required.
Student realizes that they now need to access the GUI interface for printing which is found on the desktop of the laptop.
The gui interface is designed with the option of typing in the printer code and clicking connect.
The interface loads the script which maps the printer as the default printer, the student can then print.
The script only remains active for 10 minutes and then if its need again the code has to be entered again.
After 10 minutes it disconnects the printer.
Gui interface backend
Backend script could be configurable to allow time out adjustment and change of printer codes and adding and taking away printers.
Interface would be compiled into exe, flash app or of similar with script embedded, or in the case of year 10 and 11 it would not be accessible.
How do students get the code?
The code will be displayed on the front of the printer and on lament A4 landscape in the classrooms.
How easy will it be for students to input the wrong code?
Rather than use TC-Print01 and then 02, or other forms of distinguishing that makes it slightly easy for students to remember. The code can be irregular so that students will be forced to look at the printer room code on the wall.
An example would be:
TC-mathsprint01 would be inputted as - 35927
TC-mathsprint02 would be inputted as - 196874
Tcmathsprint03 would be inputted as - 769252
Cons: The flaw would be that students might just copy and paste the codes to a desktop document, and rather than look up at the code on the wall will just copy and paste from desktop. But i would guess this would be less likely to happen if the codes are fairly short... itís easier looking up and typing 3, 4 or possibly 5 digits.
Student moves to another classroom and needs to print?
A student leaves maths and goes to Music, the chances are from leaving one room to the next and getting around to printing the 10 minutes will of expires and the code will have to be input in again.
Since we are in a new room the student does not have access to the previous code and therefore sees the new code on the wall and enters this.
This now maps the printer in music.
The final question i got asked about option 3 was, how long would it take someone to create the script and what would the cost me..........? so if anyone wants to answer that or offer there services great.......