Recently at one of my district's Innovator Cohort meetings, our group started sharing out everyone's favorite Chrome extensions. I found quite a few new ones and thought I should share out my favorites.
What are some of your "go to" extensions?
Screencastify: Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome.
Screencastify is the easiest way to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen captures. Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button. And your whole experience is synced with your G-Suite.
One Tab: Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
CraftyText: This extension allows the user's text to be displayed on screen on top of a web page in large type
GSuite Training: Interactive training and walkthroughs, right within G Suite
G Suite Training is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite (formerly Google Apps).
• Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.
Web Paint: Draw shapes, lines, and add text to live web pages and take screenshot.
Web Paint provides the following easy to use drawing tools that let you draw shapes, lines, and add text to live web pages and take screenshot:
Color Eye Drop Picker: An eye-dropper & color-picker tool that allows you to select color values from webpages.
Power Thesaurus: View synonyms and antonyms by button in toolbar, right-click or by word selection on any page.
Tab Cloud: Save and restore window sessions over time and across multiple computers.
Tab Cloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. Effectively allowing you to sync open tabs between multiple computers.
New Tab- Getty Images: A stunning new photo on your Chrome browser every time you open a new tab
Getty Images brings unparalleled imagery from around the world straight to your browser. Each new tab opens with a beautiful, full-screen photo from Getty Images, creating a visually stunning experience every time.
BitMoji: - Insert bitmojis into email as you type
- Copy and paste them virtually anywhere on the web
- Get the mobile app at bitmoji.com
Wherever you go, your avatar is now just a click away.
A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of my laptop complete with stickers.
You see, I am a bit of a sticker junkie.
Several others out in the Twitterverse shared their laptop pictures back. Below are just some of them:
Try sharing your laptop using the hashtag #stickerjunkies
At the recent Cap CUE EdCamp in January I had a lovely experience of getting pranked by some wonderful teacher friends Kim and Kara, from Plumas Lake school district. You see, they talked me into installing this "fun" Chrome extension called "He Man Prank". Here is the link on the Chrome store. What this does is that everytime you open a new tab, you will have 80's cartoon character HeMan start singing What's Up from 4 Non Blondes
It was a funny moment but I started thinking.... I want to put this in my tool belt to use on someone else. So... when one of my fellow TOSA's stepped out of the office.... I jumped on her laptop and put this on!
Oh! what a kick it was watching her freak out!
But all good pranks deserve some retaliation.
Here is how they got back at me... its a classic; tape a picture of yourself their mouse.
So how about you try one of these on your co-workers?
I've been creating podcasts for just under two years now.
I do the Ed Tech show "Check This Out" with my friend and podcast partner Brian Briggs. More recently I started a show called "Talking Social Studies", where a panel of Social Studies teachers share out ideas and resources.
Along with making podcasts, I have been listening to shows since 2005 and have done a fair amount of podcasting workshops and trainings.
It is these trainings where I often get the question, "can you tell me just how to get started with podcasts"? I follow up with questions back such as whether they want to listen or create and then try to help guide them.
It is these questions that prompted me to start making easy to follow flowcharts / infographics for educators who looking into jumping into the podcast world. These are intended to reduce the barrier of entry for anyone, even slightly interested.
Here is my first of these. Please be kind.... it is my first major one of these creations I've really tried!
Although you can view the image below, you can download the full resolution version here if you would like this to be printed.
Special thanks to my friends Briggs and Roland Aichele who helped with ideas and edits while working on this graphic.
Feel free to share with others as well. I will have a follow up to this for those interested in starting their own podcast in the near future.