Google Extensions differ from Apps. They are resources available to Google Chrome users that allow you enhanced functionality that is typically not available on other browsers. This includes features such as an online timer, text-to-speech tools, URL shorteners, ad blockers, citation generators, and more. They are small programs that you access on your Chrome Browser menu bar that can save you time and enhance productivity. Students can also add extensions to their Chromebooks if that is allowed in your district. You access available extensions the same way you access apps--via the Chrome Web store.
1. Below are some recommended extensions for either your Chromebook or your Chrome Browser. These can be located in the Chrome Web Store. Search the Store or search by Category to find ones that interest you.
Note: Remember to locate some apps you will consider using, either for yourself or your students. In your assignment you will be asked to identify several and reflect on how you used them or will use them.
2. While having extensions on your Chrome Browser or on your Chromebook can add functionality to your workflow, there are so many good extensions that it can be easy to collect many of them. This can lead to an overabundance of them on your menu bar that can make it difficult to locate and use them effectively. There is an extension for that!
3. Add the extension known as Extension Manager. This handy extension lists all of your extensions as a pop out window when you click on it. There are several Extension Managers in the Chrome Web store.
4. Go to the Chrome Web Store and do a search for Extension Manager.
5. There are several Extension Managers in the Chrome Web store. Review them to find one that will work for you. The Custom Chrome - Extension Manager for example will list all of your extensions as a pop out window when you click on it.
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Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
3b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
5b. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
6a. Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
“While Google tries to ensure the legitimacy of all apps and extensions in the Chrome store, malicious developers sometimes hijack Chrome extensions as a way to push out notifications asking you to download malware or give out personal information. It is always a good idea to make a note of what Chrome extensions or apps you install in the order of installation. Should your machine show signs of an attack, you can disable extensions one at a time to see if that resolves the issue, beginning with the most recently downloaded. Never respond to a pop up window or an email if you are not certain about the origin and intent of the information. Many of these attacks are designed to mimic notifications sent out by legitimate organizations and vendors. This Google help page has information about what to do if you experience unwanted ads, pop-ups, and malware while using Chrome.”