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Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions That Enhance Student Learning

Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions That Enhance Student Learning
This post was co-authored by Beth Holland and Tracy Sockalosky. Being 1:1 is fantastic, and if you are fortunate enough to have constant access to your own device in the classroom, then the benefits – especially in terms of efficiency – are tremendous: stored passwords, saved bookmarks, familiar file structure, and more. However, even if you don’t have the advantage of always being in possession of your own device, thanks to the versatility of Google Chrome extensions available through the Chrome Store, the web experience has become customizable and productive in completely new ways. What are Chrome Extensions? Chrome Extensions are tools that live inside of your Chrome Browser and provide additional functionality by connecting to other web utilities. We also find this video to be a helpful explanation for getting started. When we think about tools to maximize efficiency and enhance student learning, these 10 Chrome extensions immediately come to mind. EdTechTeacher advertises on this site. Related:  Interesting apps for educationChromeTech Tools

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices. The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same. What attracts my attention more than anything else in this program are the two lists of core apps curated for both teachers and students. As soon as I saw the titles included in these lists I knew from my own experience in reviewing educational apps that these could be a very good start for anyone of you out there trying to incorporate iPad in your teaching. Source: Resourcelink. 1- Core Teacher Apps

Professional Growth Journal: Master Schedule System Using Google Apps Skip all of the intro stuff and see the System: Copy to your own Google Drive and use it. Better read on to understand it, though, before you mess something up. :-) Background When my predecessor took over the Master Schedule from the guy before him, he looked at his giant magnet board, huge box of magnets representing different class sections, and said "no way", choosing instead to create different Excel spreadsheets for each department.When I took over the job of Master Schedule from my predecessor, I took his Excel spreadsheets and said "no way", converting them to Google Spreadsheets and adding my fellow admins and the department chairs as editors, in addition to the head of the Guidance department. I struggle to believe that there is no software solution to actually visualize the master schedule, to create a digital version of the giant magnet board that draws on master schedule data. Hit Enter.

Coggle Google adds native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing to latest Chrome OS build Google has added native Microsoft Office file editing to the dev channel for Chrome OS. The addition means Chrome OS users on the latest build of the company’s browser-based operating system can now experiment with editing Microsoft Word and Excel files. The addition was first noted by developer and Google open-source Chromium evangelist François Beaufort. He points to a Chromium code review that merely states “Improved Quickoffice editing about:flag.” Here is a Word document being edited on Chrome OS: Here is an Excel document: It’s unclear why PowerPoint has not received the same treatment; we can only speculate that Google simply didn’t focus its resources on it as much. If you have a Chromebook or other Chrome OS device on the dev channel, you can try this out by doing the following: Navigate to on Enable below the “Enable document editing” entry.You’ll be prompted to “Restart Now” after which you will get access to the feature. Top Image credit: T.

70 Tools And 4 Reasons To Make Your Own Infographics Infographics are everywhere. Some love them. Some hate them. Why Should Classrooms Use Infographics Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about WHY you might want to make an infographic: 1) you run a blog or website that you want to display visually-engaging information and grab the attention of your readers. 2) you want to grab the attention of students by boiling down theories and content into key concepts that can inspire more in-depth learning. 3) you’re a student who wants to show off your understanding of concepts by analyzing, digesting, and then remixing it all into an elegant infographic. 4) you’re a teacher who wants to get students engaged and doing new projects. What Makes A Good Infographic? Tools To Make Your Own Infographics These tools are just the beginning.

Tellagami – Create Narrated Animations on Your iPad Tellagami is a free iPad that elementary school students will enjoy using to create narrated animations. If you have ever used Voki or GoAnimate, Tellagami will feel familiar to you. Tellagami allows your students to create customized animated scenes in a matter of minutes. To create a narrated, animated scene students simply open Tellagami and tap “create.” Consider having your students use Tellagami to create narrated animations of their favorite scenes from books that they’ve read. Tags: Creative Writing, digital story telling, digital storytelling, free ipad app, free ipad apps, language arts GDrive Automator Turns Your Google Drive Into a Machine You might remember Wappwolf from its previously released product, which was crazy successful. The Dropbox Automator allowed you to set up folders and a series of rules and actions for those folders, whenever you dropped files in them. The team has taken that success and poured it into a new product specifically for Google Drive, aptly named GDrive Automator. By connecting your Google Drive account with Wappwolf’s GDrive Automator, you can do things like create a folder called “Books”, and each time you drop a PDF into that folder, Wappwolf will convert the documents into a Kindle-friendly format and send it to your device, automatically: Once your folders and rules are set up on GDrive Automator, all you have to do is place files in the folders whenever you want. I set up a test rule to try the service out in which I created a folder on Google Drive called “Drew”, and I set up a rule that said that any image I place in that folder, GDrive Automator should post on Flickr.

Pro Con Lists The New Google+ Hangouts App & Extension for Chrome This week Google rolled out the new version of Google+ along with a redo of Hangouts. If you want to read the full details be sure to check out this post over on the Google+ blog. The post also has the links that will take you to downloading the new Hangouts app/extension for Android, iOS, and Chrome. I wanted to share a quick post that explains the app and extension that are specific to Chrome. Video Call Launcher for Hangouts This app from the Chrome Web Store is exactly what the title says; once you install the app and click it, you are taken straight into a new video Hangout session and can invite whomever you need to. Hangouts Extension Again, without having to head to your Google+ home page or your Gmail inbox first, you can jump right into your Hangout chats with this handy extension. I’m really enjoying the new look and feel to Google+; especially the redesign of Hangouts. Like this: Like Loading...