“I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems.” By Mark Zuckerberg

Google Chrome is my favorite free web browser developed by Google. One of the reasons I love Google Chrome is because of the Google Chrome Extensions which are “small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.*” In simpler terms, they make my life easier but too many extensions can also slow your Chrome browser down. Here are my favorite Google Chrome Extensions in no particular order:

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  • Save to Drive: Save web content or screen capture directly to your Google Drive!
  • Goo.gl: Allows you to shorten the current website URL (goo.gl/) and also make it into a QR code in seconds.
  • Pocket: The best way to save articles when I don’t have time to read them (Can save videos too)
  • SnagIt: Is a screen capturing and recording tool. My students use it a lot in the classroom to show what they know. (See previous post
  • Google Dictionary:  Once installed double-click on a word on a webpage, and the definition instantly pops-up.
  • Tab Scissors and Tab Glue: These are two separate extensions that I use together. Tab Scissors divides your window into two which is helpful when you are going back and forth between two or more tabs, now you don’t. Tab glue puts the window tabs back together when you are finished.

My favorite paid extension (has a 30 day free version) is Read&Write for Google™  This extension offers support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL but I think it helps all students. It has multiple functions such as read aloud, picture dictionaries, highlighters etc. (CMS educators you have it for free click on the chrome web store and go to recommended for CMS users)

I would love to know your favorite Google Chrome Extension, please add them to the comments.

Site*: “What are extensions? – Google Chrome.” 2012. 3 May. 2015 <https://developer.chrome.com/extensions>

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