If you are using the Google Chrome browser here are 5 more extensions that may be useful to you as a teacher.
Adblock for YouTube
If you are fortunate enough to not have YouTube blocked in your school district you may want to try this chrome extension. When you watch videos on YouTube an ad will sometimes cover part of the screen. Adblock removes these. Students do not need to be exposed to ads if we can help it.
Click Here to get Adblock for YouTube extension.
Clearly is an extension that shows up as desk lamp icon next to the omnibox. When browsing web pages with a lot of extra content Clearly will strip the page down to the article. Let’s focus on the learning. The business of some web pages is certainly a distraction.
Click Here to get Clearly extension.
Ruul. Screen Ruler
Ruul creates a floating on screen ruler to help you line up material when creating online content. We want our students to CREATE, the trusty ruler of old was helpful for this and now it is helpful in a digital world. Simply click on the Ruul icon near the omnibox and a ruler will appear on the screen.
Even if I do not use it as ruler, I can use it to bring students attention to where I am looking at on the screen.
Click Here to get Ruul extension.
Most likely your gradebook is web based. If you are having students fill out Google Forms or do other web based activities you will want to pull up your gradebook side by side with the other website. Usually I manipulate 2 windows to be side by side, but this Chrome web extension does it for me. Quick and easy.
Click Here to get the Split Screen extension.
Whitelist for Chrome
If you have a computer at a station you may want to restrict the computer to only viewing the webpage necessary for the station activity. While in general I am not a fan of blocking sites and instead educating students how to act responsibly I feel there is definitely a need for something like this. Whitelist for Chrome allows you to create a list of websites that can be viewed. Anything not on the list is blocked. You can create wildcards such as http://google.com/* so that students can utilize a particular site in it’s entirety. This can also be helpful for students who have been warned, their usage on their device can be limited for a period of time to help them to make better choices in the future.
Click Here to download the Whitelist for Chrome extension.