Nov 19, 2014

Google Apps: Favorite Chrome Extensions

Extensions are additional software added to the browser, that when enabled can be used on nearly any page. While apps are more like shortcuts to places on the web, extensions are built-in tools that impact our view or interaction with content on the web.

Below are some of my favorite Chrome extensions for teachers and students. To install these or any other extensions you will need to be logged in to Google Chrome.

Adblock: Works quietly in the background, blocking ads from websites including YouTube. By removing distracting ads, students can more easily focus on the page content.

EasyBib Tools: Cite web sites with one click using the EasyBib Toolbar and receive advice on the credibility of the web site you're citing. Google Apps users can connect their Google account, facilitating login and export of bibliographies.

One Tab: Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

Save to Google Drive: The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension helps you save web content or browser screenshots to your Google Drive.

Select and Speak: Select and Speak uses iSpeech's human-quality text-to-speech (TTS) reads selected text.  It includes 43 iSpeech text to speech voices.  You can configure the voice and speed options by changing the settings on the options page.

GTSD note: Students may only install apps/extensions from a select list. Anything listed in the GTSD section of the Chrome Web Store has been approved; these extensions have been added. Teachers and students are invited to share suggestions for inclusion with Mrs. Bond.