Why the Chromebook? Time, Age, Location, and Platform Agnostic Learning

There are millions of web resources you can access on any web-based device, but here are a few suggestions for web apps that you can find either in the Google Chrome Web Store or on the web.  These work on the Chrome browser on a desktop or laptop and on Chromebooks.  

I want kids to . . .

. . . and on Chromebooks or using Chrome, they could use . . .

Link to Resource

create a document

GoogleDocs

create a presentation

 

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GooglePresentation

Prezi 

Haiku Deck 

create a spreadsheet

GoogleSpreadsheets

create an audio response or presentation

VoiceThread

Schoology

create a webcam video recording of themselves

VoiceThread

WeVideo

take pictures

Chromebook camera app

(built into Chrome OS)

Webcam Toy

create and edit a movie

WeVideo

Animoto

create a digital publication

LucidPress

Canva

create a graphic/drawing

GoogleDrawings

SumoPaint

SketchPad

Pixlr Editor

create a comic on the web

MakeBeliefs

ComicMaster

Chogger

ComicCreator

create a Thinking Map

GoogleDrawings

LucidChart

Cacoo

use a graphing calculator

Desmos Graphic Calculator

interact w/ digital geometry

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Geogebra

Robocompass

learn about astronomy

3D Solar System

Planetarium

create 2D & 3D graphics

3D design publisher

Build with Chrome

Lego Builder

practice keyboarding

TypingClub

Typing Web Typing Tutor

use speech to text

Dictation

Speech Recognizer

GoogleSearch

use a digital whiteboard

RealtimeBoard

Simple Whiteboard

access & read eBooks

GoogleBooks

Kindle Cloud Reader

Open Library Book Search

access online textbook content

Open Educational Resources Commons

CK12.org

create online notes

Google Keep

Evernote

create & interact with maps

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GoogleMaps

ScribbleMaps

ArcGIS Online

build/interact with vocabulary

Vocabulary/Spelling City

InstaGrok Search Engine

Quizlet

In addition to all of the things you can do on a Chromebook, there are some great extensions for Chrome that students & teachers can use to “extend” what they can do on the browser itself.  Here are a few of our faves:

Extension

Icon

Added Functionality

Readability

No account required; gets rid of the “extra” stuff on a website that can be distracting and just gives you the text.

Read&Write for Google

Free version adds read aloud functionality to websites and GoogleDocs and highlights each word as it reads. Also has a translator function.

Auto Text Expander for Chrome

Provides a way to set keyboard shortcuts for frequently used phrases in Chrome. (Helpful for younger students w/ long school email addresses.)

Notable PDF

Lets you annotate and highlight PDFs; integrates with Google Drive; also allows you to share a marked up PDF via link

Scrible Toolbar

Online highlighting & annotation tool for web-based text. Account required for saving annotations (Google account option).

Turn off the Lights

Hides (by dimming) anything except the video window in YouTube or other video sites. Helpful for making comments, related videos, and other content invisible.

SnagIt

A screen capturing tool, this lets you grab screen caps & animated GIFs. Also lets you do screencasting with narration. Integrates with Google Drive.

AdBlock

Effectively blocks ads on websites. Great to “push” onto student profiles to keep the ads away from kids.

GoogleCast

If you’re using Chromecast, this is a must-have.  This lets you cast your Chrome tabs to Chromecast for projection.

Originally from Cherry Creek Schools’ Office of Instructional Technology (+Kellie Ady-CCSD, @kellie80); additional contributions welcome by contacting Kellie Ady & requesting editing access