Google Extensions to Try

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Extensions are small software programs that modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. You can easily add extensions to your Chrome web browser to customize your experience. Extensions can
be a shortcut and time saver, making your time online more efficient. Watch here:

The Video Notes extension lets you watch your video on one screen, take notes on the right side. All the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video, so you can later just click on a line for the video to jump to the relevant part. It integrates with Google Drive so you can access your notes from anywhere, and  they are easy to share. You can manage your permissions, share with others, and make your notes private at any time. With the extension open, you can paste the URL on the left, and with note syncing turned on, you can pose a question for students at any given time. It's great tool for a flipped classroom assignment and/or sharing notes.


Turn of the Lights  is very easy to use. With just one click on the lamp icon in the address bar, the entire page around the video will fade to dark, bringing one's attention on the video. Click again on the lamp icon or click on the black screen, and the page will return to normal. This is great for watching videos to avoid getting distracted. It’s put little black

Readability also a great extension that declutters web pages or articles for a better reading experience. If you have an article that has a great deal of distracting clutter, you can click the button and it will make the article more readable for you. I have a CNN article here

Another one I use a lot is Print Friendly & PDF. It will make any page print friendly. So, if a page you are printing has lots of graphics or advertisements, it will delete all of that and just look for text. If you are trying to reduce your printing to one page, you can eliminate portions that you don’t need so it will all fit. It will print to your printer, print to PDF or email your text where you tell it to go. It’s also very useful. I use it quite a bit

Another great extension that I use a lot, and you may want your students to use, is Google Docs Quick Create. It adds a simple menu to your browser bar to quickly create new Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and Drawings for Google Drive. Very simple, but very handy.

I also use the Add on Called “SPLIT at Selected Tab”. I love this and I think students will too. If you have at least two tabs in the selected Chrome window, it will split that window into two smaller side-by-side windows. All the tabs on the left side of the selected tab will stay in the left window, and the rest will move to the window on the right. This is great for students if you have instructions on one tab and they are completing an assignment in a Google App. They view both the assignment and their work simultaneously, hopefully with fewer distractions! Teachers can also have Flubaroo or Google Classroom grades open on one tab and a gr I used this when I was studying for the Google Educator exam and found it very useful!

Save to Google Keep is also an extension I like for myself and my students. It will “Keep” lists and notes on my phone and other devices, it’s one place for everything. You can easily save and sync your items across all of the platforms that you use — including web, Android, iOS. Web pages,  images, quotes, lists, assignments.  Students can keep assignments, media such as photos and links for projects and reminders.
Once in the app, you can take add detail and labels to quickly categorize your note for later retrieval.

So these are some extensions that I enjoy using. They really save time online and they are really accessible on your chrome browser. Thanks for watching this video and look for more like it on my channel.

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