Today we are looking at two Chrome Extensions, Auto Highlight (Chrome Web Store) and Talk & Comment (Chrome Web Store). Auto Highlight can help students who are struggling readers to find the main ideas in a long article on a website. Students can adjust the amount highlighted by simply clicking the extension. Talk & Comment allows a student to record their thoughts and then to share the recording via a link.
While both of these extensions are great separately, but them together and you have an awesome resource for students to gather information and then share their findings via the learning management system of your choice!
A couple weeks ago we lost the 'View Image' button while using Google Images due to pressure from photographers & stock photo companies (source). Now you can bring back that button by using certain Chrome Extensions like View Image. Watch the tutorial below to see this extension in action (View Image YouTube Tutorial)!
Take control of your screen with Tab Resize! Tab Resize allows you to automatically split your Chrome tabs across your screen in the arrangement of your choosing quickly and easily. This can allow students to easily read information on one part of the screen and type their thoughts on the other side. This is a super handy extension to have in your toolkit of resources!
If you have never heard the term TL;DR before, it stands for "too long; didn't read." It is a common phrase you can find on message posts around the internet but now it can also be used in your web browser. There are a couple of different Chrome Extensions that can provide your learners with the ability to TL;DR a website. These extensions have several benefits to help those in your classroom and assist those that need a little extra assistance. TL;DR extensions can help students judge a website quickly while researching to see if it contains information they need. The extensions can also remove districting images from the text and help keep the learners on task. Lastly, TL;DR extensions can also help the struggling reader in your classrooms. Instead of being overwhelmed by giant articles, a student with reading disabilities can be presented with a summary of the text.
There are two awesome Chrome Extensions that you and your students can use to bring TL;DR into your learning environment. In the video below you can see the comparison of different TL;DR Chrome extensions, tlda and TLDR:. Give it a watch and then leave a comment with which one you prefer best!
First off just let me say I love GIFs, Giffy, GIF, GIF. So when I found the GIFit! Chrome extension I was like, THIS IS AMAZING! Using the GIFit! Chrome extension I can create a GIF from any YouTube video that I could then add to my website, a Google Doc, a Google Slide, Google Classroom, or any other resource that supports GIFs.
This GIF on this post was created using GIFit! and shows how to install the extension. If you need something a little more in-depth, I created a YouTube tutorial video that shows how the extension works and how to insert it into a Google Doc. You can find the video below.
Ever have too many homepages and/or too many tabs? Toby is a Chrome Extension that can help you manage your browser more efficiently! Toby allows you to create groups of tabs to open all at the same time. This is great for educators who have a group of websites they use to morning and/or afternoon routines.
You can also create categories to further organize your websites. This is a great website for those who are either super organized or need help getting organized. Watch the tutorial below to see how easy it is to setup Toby and get it working.
Often Chrome Extensions can either catergorized as either a great productivity tool or a button that makes something funny happen in my browser. Google's Santa Tracker attempts to be both. On one hand you can make a holiday scence appear on any website, but on the other hand you can learn about coding and world traditions.
Santa Tracker is perfect for just about any grade and can be a teacher driven or student driven activity.
Nothing is worse than pulling up a YouTube video to show in front of a classroom and then having a very questionable ad starting playing. In fact, I know a few teachers that actually have nightmares about this very situation.
This whole situation can be bypassed if you use an adblocker extension, and the one I am demoing here is uBlock Origin. This is a extension that can be added to Google Chrome to stop ads from loading on videos and websites. In the video below you will see me comparing websites side-by-side to show how effective uBlock Origin can be!
The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension is a must for any Google Apps user or Chromebook user. This extension lets you save any website image straight to your Google Drive; or why just save the image, you can save the whole website as a image!
Save to Google Drive is unbelievably easy to use. All you need to do is install the Save to Google extension, then you can right click a picture and select 'Save Image to Google Drive.' If you want to save an entire website, all one must do is click the Save to Google Drive extension and boom, the website is now copied to your Google Drive!
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