Google Chrome Apps and Extensions

The Differences:

An App is an application or program that runs in the browser that takes you to a website.  There is user interaction within the app.  Examples include games, photo editors, audio recorders, concept map making, and video recorders and players.  Apps are located on Chrome start pages (new tabs). They are full icons in the Chrome Web Store.

 

An Extension enhances the user experience, adds productivity to any website when using the Chrome browser.  There typically is little user interaction.  Examples include URL shorteners, timers, screen captures and readability aids. Extensions are located on the right side of the omnibox.    They appear as puzzle piece icons in the Chrome Web Store.


Recommendations - Chrome Apps for Education

  • AutoCAD Sketchbook (also available as iOS and Android apps) for drawing.
  • Biodigital Human for 3D models of the human body and all body systems.
  • BlendSpace the easiest way to blend your classroom digital content.
  • Class DoJo Behavior management made easy, positive and fun. Join thousands of teachers already using ClassDojo - for free!
  • Connected Mind draw unique and memorable mind maps, store them in the cloud for free and access them anywhere.
  • Dictionary Instant  the world's fast and free online English dictionary. Search for word definition instantly!
  • DOGONews the leading destination for Current Events Articles for Kids and Teachers.
  • Drive Template Gallery Create documents from templates directly from the Google Drive Create menu.
  • Drive Voice Recorder record your voice & save to Google Drive or Download as .MP3
  • Evernote for notetaking.
  • Garden Puzzle for creating a virtual garden.
  • GeoGebra is “dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, graphing, and calculus in one easy-to-use package.”
  • Go Animate for Schools engage Your Students With Video! GoAnimate for Schools makes it simple for teachers and students to make amazing videos!
  • Google Dictionary View definitions easily as you browse the web.
  • Google Keep quickly capture what’s on your mind & be reminded at the right place or time.
  • Graphic Calculator or graphing calculators.
  • Gynzy helps you get the most out of your interactive whiteboard / smart board.
  • Instagrok It's a research engine that lets you learn about any topic. A graphical concept map shows you how important ideas connect.
  • Isle of Tune allows you to “Create musical journeys from street layouts.  Roadside elements are your instruments and cars are the players.
  • LiveBinders organize your info into nice containers, like the 3-ring binders on your shelf. LucidChart: Diagraming for “the easiest way to draw flowcharts, mockups, UML, mind maps and more.”  Also allows for collaboration.  
  • MindMup free online mind mapping. Google Drive or Dropbox mindmap storage, realtime collaborative mind mapping, Freemind mind map import.
  • My World  My World from The Open University – build an inspiring world to show your passions and interests
  • Move Note for Education Present your documents with video to support your flipped teaching instructional delivery.
  • Murally a collaboration suite that enables creative student teams to work better together.
  • Name Generator  generates a random name with one adjective and a noun for instant and fun teams for collaborative groups.
  • Padlet works like a sheet of paper where you can put anything (images, videos, documents, text) anywhere, from any device.
  • PicMonkey for image editing.
  • Pixlr Editor Full featured in browser photo editor!
  • Pixton Comic Maker for making comics.
  • Presentation Remote  Use smartphone as a remote control for presentations on Prezi, Google Drive, slideshare, scribd and dropbox.
  • Random Name Generator  generates a random name with one adjective and a noun for creative group or team names.
  • Screenr web-based screen recorder makes it a breeze to create and share screencasts around the web.
  • The Elementals a periodic table with its own personality.
  • Thesaurus Synonyms and Antonyms English thesaurus, with synonyms, antonyms, word origin, example sentences, vocabulary and more!
  • Trello for visual task management; it allows for kids and teachers to manage projects.
  • Quickly get to Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Drawings with their individual apps.
  • Timer for a timer or stopwatch.
  • TwistedWave a full featured audio editor.
  • We Write A Story
  • Wevideo for real-time Video Editing and collaborative video editing with a team
  • Voice Comments now known as Kaizena Voice feedback for Google Docs writing.
  • Voice Thread  A great tool for visual collaboration, audio narration, and digital storytelling.
  • We Write A Story  Collaborative writing game- great creative writing fun!
  • Wunderlist for Chrome  your beautiful and simple to-do list app.

Recommendations - Chrome Extensions for Education

  • 1-Click Timer simple, slick and practical time for classroom management
  • Awesome Screenshot to capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info and more.
  • Black Menu for Google If you would like quick access to all of the Google products from ANY webpage, check out the extension Black Menu for Google.
  • ChromeVis allows one to magnify and change the color of any selected text.
  • Chrome to Phone allows you to send website from your computer to your phone.  The opposite happens with Phone to Chrome
  • Copy All URLs Using the Copy All URL’s extension will copy all of those tabs to your clipboard, allowing you to paste them all at once onto your class website.
  • Dot ePub Convert any webpage into an e-book
  • Evernote Clearly takes away “the junk” from a web site. Can send articles to Evernote.
  • Ginger for spelling and grammar check!
  • Google Dictionary will give you the definition of any highlighted word!
  • Google Docs Quick Create create new Documents for Google Drive from your browser bar.
  • Grammerly Lite  prevent spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes when you write. emails and post to social media sites.
  • Fotor is a really cool photo editing tool. Looking at any website click on the Fotor extension and all of the images on the page are collected together quickly.
  • Hangouts brings conversations to life with photos, emoji, & even group video calls for free.
  • Hover Zoom  Enlarge thumbnails on mouse over. Works on many sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Reddit, Amazon, Tumblr, etc).
  • Instant Thesaurus  find synonyms at the click of a button.
  • iSpeech is a text-to-speech extension that will read selected text.
  • Make a GIF Video Capture  lets you create a GIF file out of a YouTube video.
  • Name Generator Extension  generates a random name with one adjective and a noun for instant and fun teams for collaborative groups.
  • Print Friendly and PDF  print Friendly and PDF any Webpage.
  • Popout for Youtube This pop out video can be sized, so while it is like being in full screen mode that you do not see the suggested videos and ads on the sides of the normal YouTube page, you do not have to have the video take over the entire screen.
  • QR Reader Beta  read QR code direct from your browser.
  • Read & Write for Google Docs it allows you to select text from a Google Doc and have it read to you.
  • Save to Google Drive  Save web content or screen capture directly to Google Drive.
  • Screen Capture to capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image.
  • Shareoholic  The easiest way to share & bookmark great content from anywhere on the web with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & 200+ other services.
  • Strict Workflow  the Strict Workflow extension can help keep you motivated. Click on the tomato icon to set a timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes it signals a 5 min break.
  • Read and Write Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.
  • TLDR means Too Long Didn’t Read and it will give you a summary.
  • TextSmith Snagit  allows you to take screenshots in Chrome, annotate the screenshots, save to your Google Drive automatically and gives you a link to share your screen captures.
  • Timer creates a browsing session timer for a specified time and notifies the user when the session is about to be over.
  • Tweetdeck Launcher your personal Twitter browser for staying connected with multiple streams, hashtags and groups.
  • Turn Off the Lights will dim the background to focus on the video.  Removes the distractions (similar to QuietTube).
  • UJam start by rejamming a song template, loading a saved session, or uploading a file from your computer to remix music.
  • Vid.eo Notes The easiest way to take notes synchronized with your favourite video lectures.
  • Watch Doc alters you to when a Google Doc that you’ve shared has been updated.
  • Webpage Screenshot allows you to draw and annotate on web pages.
  • Whitelist for Chrome Whitelist for Chrome allows you to create a list of websites that can be viewed. Anything not on the list is blocked.
  • Window Tiler  have your windows side by side so you can look at student evidence/work and then enter that into the gradebook.

Co-Curated by Naomi Harm and Tim Nielsen   and favorites added from GCT Alice Keeler       Innovative Educator Consutling        Winter 2014