Google has become the leader in online web browsing and the ever-growing G-Suite technology has made Google the communication tool of choice for many school districts. However, with the fast-pace of technology, school districts don’t always take the time to introduce teachers to all of the available tools they have at their fingertips. With that in mind, I’m highlighting five essential Google Chrome extensions for teachers to help save you time, enhance communication, and create more meaningful learning experiences for your students. I’m even sharing a video I created with one of the extensions. How cool is that! Check it out below!
Don’t see the video? Click here.
Here’s a quick overview of each of the Chrome extensions from the video. Read more about each Google Chrome Extension below and then download your own extensions at the Google Chrome Store.
1. Screencastify: Screencastify is free software used to capture, edit, and share videos. Imagine the possibilities of being able to create videos using Google Slides or a web page and then easily share them with students or parents.
2. Grammarly: Grammarly edits your written communication anywhere you type. It’s more than just a spell checker! It actually edits words and phrases and makes suggestions on how to make your writing sound better. It’s kind of like having an English teacher in your pocket!
3. Bitly: Bitly is a web link shortener. The days of having to share a long web address are over! Bitly will not only shorten the link but also allow you to create a custom link. For example, if there is a web page you’d like to share with students, click the Bitly extension, shorten or customize the web link, and send students to the web page using a more easily typeable link.
4. Save to Google Drive: Save to Google Drive allows you to save documents, images, web content, and videos directly to Google Drive without having to download them and then upload them to Google Drive.
5. One Tab: One Tab converts your active tabs into a single list to access later. Imagine walking into your classroom, getting your computer up and running, and clicking one button to open your email, gradebook, Google Drive, and daily lesson plan. What a timesaver!
Sound Off! What’s your favorite Google Chrome extension? Please respond in the comments below.