I love how Google Chrome can help teachers and students manage their workflow and focus on the content being studied. Take a look at some of my favorite ways to be more than a browser, and comment on your favorites below!
Customizing the Bookmarks Bar
Too often we leave the bookmarks bar cluttered with what came standard rather than customizing it for our own needs. Take a look at how many resources can fit on your bookmarks bar when you take the time to make it work for you:
See how many things can fit when I reduce them to only the icons associated with them? These are called favicons, and since we have awesome brand-recognition, we only need these images and maybe a short cue.
Use the images to the right to help guide you through the steps below.
Make your bookmarks bar appear.
Add new bookmarks. Click on the star to the right of the web address (URL).
Clean up your bookmarks bar. “Right-click” on any icon and select “Delete.”
Remove excess words. “Right-click” on any icon and select “Edit.” Delete any text in the “Name” field or edit it to be only what you need.
Google Docs Quick Create - Instantly create Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, and Forms.
Adblock Plus - Remove ads from your web browsing.
Mercury Reader - Simplify your page so you see only the text.
Open Dyslexic - Change webpage font to Open Dyslexic.
PrintFriendly - Remove extraneous info or change font size to make webpages more printer friendly.
Media Bias Checker - Check where on the political spectrum your source tends to lie.
Equatio - Create math equations from text or speech.
Share to Classroom - Push resources directly to your students through Google Classroom.
Screencastify - Create screencasts: video of what is happening on your computer screen.
Grammarly - Check grammar and quickly make corrections.
Permanent Clipboard - Hold phrases permanently in a clipboard to paste at any time.
CheckMark - Use an abbreviated keyboard in G Suite to leave customized comments.
Event Merge - Turn Google Calendar events that appear on multiple calendars into one striped event.
Sortd - Change your email inbox into a series of to-do lists.
Toby - Organize your tabs into collections to explore later.
OneTab - Collapse all open tabs into one tab listing the links; restore at any time.
The Omnibox is more than just where you write in a web address (URL). It’s a search engine for all of your most loved websites. By customizing your Omnibox, for example, you can just write in “dr staff meetings” to search your Google Drive for documents about “Staff Meetings.” Take a look:
What are your favorite ways to use Google Chrome for teaching and learning? Add them in the comments below!