My name is Yesenia Zecca. This is my 13th year at Boone Elementary where I currently teach fifth-grade Language Arts. I have 23 years of teaching experience in second, third, and fifth grade. Technology is my passion, and now that I am the CIC at my school, my goal is to inspire other teachers to integrate technology successfully in their classroom. You can find me on twitter at @y_zecca and visit my class website at http://mszecca.wixsite.com/laclass.
A few years ago, I discovered Chrome extensions while attending an online training through SimpleK12. I didn’t know anything about extensions at the time or what they could do, but over the years, I have found some that have been very helpful not only for me as a teacher, but for my students as well. Here are 10 Chrome extensions I think are must-haves.
- Extensity : We all know that too many extensions can slow down Chrome, but with Extensity, you no longer have to worry about that. Extensity allows you to easily turn extensions on when you need them and off when you don’t. Here is a video by Vicki Davis that shows you how easy it is to use it.
- Save to Google Drive : With Save to Google Drive, you can save images, videos, audio, web pages, PDFs and other files you find on the web! With a simple click, you can save to your Drive without having to download it to your computer. Click here for helpful information on how to save using Save to Google Drive.
- Tab Scissors : I absolutely love Tab Scissors. With this extension you can easily split two browser tabs so that they are side by side with one click of the extension icon.
- Tab Glue: Tab Glue goes with Tab Scissors. This extension allows you to “glue” your separate tab windows back together with one click of the extension icon.
- Grammarly: Grammarly is a great extension that will check your spelling and grammar as you type almost anywhere on the web, but is currently not supported on Google Drive apps.
- Read and Write for Google Chrome: This extension should already be on your Chrome browser. If you have not had a chance to use it, you might want to give it a try. This extension allows students to have text read to them, although it is not 100% accurate. It also comes with a dictionary feature that allows students to look up any word they don’t know the meaning of. They can highlight, take and insert voice notes and even practice reading aloud.
- uBlock Origin: Having an ad blocker is a must for teachers and students. I have found that uBlock Origin is an efficient blocker and is easy on memory. It helps to block unwanted ads on any website, but can be easily turned off on websites that you trust, but that won’t work well with an ad blocker.
- Screencastify: Screencastify is a great extension for creating your own how-to videos for students. It records your tab, desktop or yourself using your computer camera. I use it to create how-to videos for my students and even training videos for teachers.
- Power Thesaurus: This extension is awesome. You can easily search any word and it instantly gives you a list of synonyms and antonyms. Great for teachers and students.
- Tab Cloud: With Tab Cloud, you can save any window session and restore it later or on another computer. I love using this extension when I am working and have many tabs open, but need to stop. I really don’t want to bookmark all those websites, so I simply save them on Tab Cloud and return to them anytime, and on any computer. I also use it with websites I want to show my students at a later time.
These are my 10 must-have Chrome extensions. I hope you find some that are useful to you and your students.