I have had this post on my to do list for a year probably. I love Chrome extensions. And I love Google. I listen to the Google Teacher Tribe podcast. But at times, I feel like there is even MORE out there that I could never know. And I have barely scratched the surface of Chrome extensions. So I kept postponing it. Then on the Cool Cat Teacher podcast, Steve Dembo mentioned that many people feel behind the technology curve! It was inspirational for me! I feel that way sometimes even though I use and write about technology frequently. I felt compelled that I should share what I currently use that makes my life easier. So here we have my current favorite Chrome extensions that make my life easier:
I love EdPuzzle as a tool in class! I love annotating authentic videos and allowing students to watch at their own pace. Did you know that there is an EdPuzzle extension? When you are watching a video on YouTube, you can hit the extension, and the video will pop up in EdPuzzle- all ready for you to edit! In EdPuzzle itself, you can crop videos, leave notes and ask questions. This extension saves me a fair amount of clicks and time. (Also, I have mentioned this before, but if you are a Spanish teacher, check out this Google sheets of EdPuzzles where you can search for topics. Also, add some of your EdPuzzles!)
Another one of my favorite websites Print Friendly has an extension. You can just click on the extension when you are reading any webpage, and then you can easily edit the document there and convert it to a PDF. It allows you to delete ads, links to other articles and big white space. (Also, if you are me, go ahead and delete any part of the text that isn’t useful for your students.) I never print any authentic resource without using Print Friendly. Again, the extension doesn’t do anything differently than the webpage, but it does save time.
I recently found Tab Scissors, and I don’t know how I lived without it! If I am trying to put in grades between two windows, I cut the tabs, and they format to BOTH fit on my screen. It is magic! Also, when I am trying to write news, it helps to have both screens easily visible. The scissors will split the windows on the tab where you click it. Also the inverse Tab Glue can put your windows back together when you are done. (Thanks to everyone who clued me in on this secret on Twitter!) BAM!
My last favorite extension is Screencastify. I love to use this on my blended or sub days, so I can explain any concept to my students. It allows me to record myself talking and annotating my screen. I can choose to create a screencast of my whole screen or just the window. It helps me quickly give details that would normally students awhile to figure out. Plus, I think it is nice for students to hear your voice! Even more magic- after I record it and am happy with it, it saves to my Drive.
Now- time to share! What are your favorite extensions? I will try them out and add them to my list here!