Chrome Extensions for Classroom Support

chrome.JPGGoogle Chrome is a web browser developed by Google and launched in 2008. It has a minimalistic user interface, such as an address bar and search bar merged into one item. Chrome users are able to synchronize their bookmarks, history, and settings across all devices with the browser installed by sending and receiving data through a Google Account. This allows for ease of access and data retrieval.

In 2010, with the release of Google Chrome 4.0, the Chrome extension gallery, with 1500 extensions, was officially launched. Chrome Extensions are small programs that add functionality directly in the browser window. You must first download Google Chrome on either a Windows or Mac platform device ( or open the browser on a Chromebook.

Add-ons in Chrome, such as extensions and apps, expand the functionality of the browser. An app is much like a bookmark in your favorites - clicking on an app leads to a web site identified by the app. An extension, though, runs in the background of the Chrome browser and, can be used to modify the content of the web page. After the installation of Chrome, open the Chrome Browser and search for "Google Store" or enter Type a keyword or the name of a desired extension/app in the search box to find objects matching your search. Follow the on-screen directions to download the object to your computer.

extensity.JPGExtensity allows the user to easily manage extensions and apps. Extensity places all your extensions in a list that allows for quick enable/disable properties.

Read&Write for Google Chrome
read&write.PNGRead&Write for Google Chrome offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying, and research, including options to highlight, text-to-speech, dictionary, picture dictionary, word prediction. and more.The free version allows selected web test to be read aloud. Teachers who register will have access to all the premium options. Register by clicking the question mark and completing this form on the website.

ATBar.JPGATBar is an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help users change the look and feel of webpages (color overlays, text size) have text read aloud and spell check forms.

Mercury Reader
mercuryreader.JPGMercury Reader has replaced the Readability extension. The app works in a similar fashion to Readability in that is removes clutter from a web page and lessens distraction for a more comfortable reading experience. Click the settings spoke to change font size, serif to sans serif, and light or dark themes.
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BeeLine Reader
beeline.jpgBeeLine Reader reduces distractions while using a color gradient to guide reading from the end of one line to the beginning of another. Cleans up the page and can use the dyslexic font. It is also be downloaded on Firefox. Read as much as you want for 30 days. After that, you can use BeeLine up to 5 times everyday for free or buy for $10 per year. Educational pricing is available.

1-Click Timer
oneclicktimer.JPGEasy timer to use that works offline.

VoiceNote II
voicenote.PNG VoiceNote II allows you to type with your voice. An internet connection is required for speech recognition. Notes can be saved and edited.

moveit.JPGMoveIt is an intervention app to set scheduled breaks at intervals from 5 to 55 minutes. The screen opens with a direction to perform a random physical action to get the students moving. The Google Chrome page must be active (open on your screen) for it to work. Left click on the extension and change the interval on the dropdown. Uncheck the Enable option if you want to STOP the extension.

Do you have a favorite Chrome extension that could be used to supplement instruction? Please share it in the discussion area below and describe how it benefits the teaching and learning process for you and your students.