Techy Tuesday – Chrome Extensions for Educators

Chrome Extensions for Educators

Adapted from TeachThought.com and educatortechnology.com….I compiled the two to get the information for you below.

Google Chrome is, increasingly, where it’s at.  As of April 2014, Google Chrome become the de facto internet browser, passing Internet Explorer. Google Chrome has a nearly 50% market share over Safari, Firefox, and IE combined.  As far as browsers are concerned, Google Chrome is king, and part of what makes it great are Google Chrome Extensions.

What Are Google Chrome Extensions?

As explained by Google themselves, Google Chrome Extensions are “applications that run inside the Chrome browser and provide additional functionality, integration with third party websites or services, and customized browsing experiences.” While there is some grey area between Google apps, extensions, and simply shortcuts to websites, the right extensions can turn your browser into a Swiss-army knife of utility and efficiency.

What Is The Benefit Of An Extension For Teachers?

They can make things simple, more accessible, more visible, more compelling, more convenient–there are dozens of potential benefits to you in your classroom. Clip a web page to Evernote with a single button push. Look up a reference. Model for students how to add a citation. Send a link to colleagues without opening another tab. Find a useful resource for a lesson? Scoop it. Tweet it. Pin It. Find a post you want to read? Don’t email it to yourself–use Pocket.

The criteria we used to choose each extension? The extension had to increase your efficiency, provide a benefit to content/curriculum, allow you to connect with other teachers/parents/students, or enhance your workflow as an educator. If it has the potential to meet one of these four criteria, it was included.

Too Many Extensions?

Before skimming through these and installing a bunch of your favorites, note that too many extensions can slow your browser down, and speed is one of Chrome’s other talents. Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul.

There is no standard for how many extensions you should use–your mileage may vary here. The speed of your PC, your available memory, your WiFi speed, how many tabs you keep open, and more can all impact your browser’s apparent speed, so add and remove extensions (it’s as simple as a few clicks–see the video above) to optimize your setup so that Chrome remains snappy and useful to you as a teacher.

How to add extensions (From Educatortechnology.com)

Here is my advice: choose only the add-ons that you think can really be helpful to you and if it happened that you installed an extension and then later on realized that you don’t use it at all, go to your Chrome settings and get it deleted. Another work-around for problems caused by installing too many extensions on your browser is to download the extensions you need and put them in disable mode, activate them only when you need them. Here is how to do it :

1- Click on customize button to open  the drop down menu

2- Click on Tools, then on extensions

3- Uncheck the ” enable” button in front of the extension you want to disable . Chrome automatically saves your changes.

From Educatortechnology.com:
Here are some of my favorite Chrome extensions, you can download the whole list from this Link. Keep in mind that this is not my work, Jake Duncan did it and on behalf of you I thank him so dearly.

  • Autocopy – Automatically copies text or links when they are selected. Imagine how many times a day you click Control or Command + C. Now, you don’t have to!
  • Awesome Screen Shot – Capture a whole page or just a portion. It also includes annotating tools.
  • Clea.nr – Removes YouTube add-ons and related videos from the screen, showing only the video and the search bar. Great for removing questionable ads and related videos that pop up.
  • Docs Quickly – Allows you to quickly create a new Google Document, Presentation, Spreadsheet or Drawing.
  • Evernote Web Clipper – Lets you send any link or site to Evernote.
  • Handy Google Shortcuts – Creates an icon that allows the user to quickly access all things Google.
  • One Tab – Whenever you have too many tabs, One Tab converts them all into a list saving “up to 95% of memory.”
  • Panic Button – Closes all open tabs in a Chrome window. Click the extension again to reopen them all.
  • Printliminator – (not an extension) Use this bookmarklet to remove unnecessary or unwanted aspects of a web page before printing.
  • Save as PDF – Lets you download web pages into PDF format.
  • Send to Google Docs – You can take any webpage and turn it into PDF that you can send straight to Google Docs.
  • Turn Off the Lights – You can dim the background when videos are playing. Useful to eliminate inappropriate advertising in YouTube videos. Shows up in address bar.

Check out and download the entire list of Chrome extensions for educators HERE.