Monday, April 11, 2016

Other Helpful Tools

PDF Mergy:  Need to print several google docs at once?  Merge the docs into a single pdf with this tool and only click print once.   Enter your students' names into this spreadsheet and use this tool to group students or choose a random name.  Lots of other uses for flippity tools too!

Google Keep - No need to worry about where that sticky note or little slip of paper went.  Use Google Keep to secure all of your lists and notes.  

Timer:  Countdown, alarm, and stopwatch features.  It will continue running in a tab as you are working on other things and alert you with sound as well as a blinking stop button on the tab.

Google Docs Voice Typing - type and edit a document by speaking into Google Docs

YouTube Full Fill - This extension will give you a new link for a youtube video that just shows the video you selected.  No other videos, adds, etc. from the page will show.  

INFOhio:  Even Infohio has an app!

Chrome Virtual Keyboard:  Not all websites are compatible with this extension.  If the site supports the onscreen keyboard it will show up automatically when your cursor is in a location you can type.  

You AND your students could benefit from these...

Grammarly - Web-based spell and grammar check.  

Move It - Move it can be set to alert you at pre-determined intervals to get up and move.  It will provide a random exercise for you to complete before returning to your work.

Time Stats - Time stats can help you to see how much time you are spending on different tasks.  It will track the time you spend on each website and will show those results in a pie graph.  

Side by Side -  This is will allow you to right-click on any link and have it open on the right side of the screen.  This is an easy way to see two websites side by side.

Google Black Menu Use this instead of opening up a new tab and clicking on your waffle.  You can determine which Google Apps are on your black menu as well as the order that they are listed in. It is a quick way to access your favorites.  

Add to Google Drive - Found an image or want to remember a neat website?  Save web content directly to your google drive.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Draftback -  Looking to see what that student was really typing when you were on the other side of the room?  Draftback allows you to replay the entire revision history of a document.  

Awesome Drive  allows you to edit and automatically sync your Microsoft Office documents in your Google Drive.  

Share to Classroom:  allows you to push web content directly to your students computers (if they are logged into your classroom) or create an assignment for later.  

SnagIt - Use SnagIt to take a screenshot, video, or picture of a smaller area on your screen.  If your video is under 20 seconds, you can even turn it into a gif if you like!

One Tab - Use OneTab to share a collection of websites with students or colleagues.  All websites you designate will open up as a list in a tab.  

Drive 20 - Open up 20 google docs at once, without having to click on each individual document.  

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students

Google Read and Write will read text aloud on web pages as well as Google Docs.  Premium features allow for highlighting and notetaking as well as the creation of vocabulary lists and picture dictionaries from words that are identified within the text.  Teachers can have a FREE premium version. 

Readability helps to eliminate extra text and distractions on the page so that students can focus on the content.

BeeLine Reader uses a color gradient to guide your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next.

Easy Reader will simplify a portion of a web page that you select.

Read with Magic Scroll declutters the web page and turns it into a scrolling book.

Google Docs Highlighter Add-On - Create and share custom highlighters that can be designated for specific categories.  Highlights can be exported to a separate document.