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5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers – Part 8

5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers – Part 8

As teachers we could use a little help to make our jobs more efficient. Chrome extensions are one way to do that. Here are five more extensions that you might helpful.


ShortenMeI use this extension daily. For any webpage I am on I simply click on the dot dot dot and it automatically creates a short URL and a QR code. Click Here for my post on the directions for using this app. The URL is automatically copied to your clipboard, saving you steps. Even when composing an email a short URL is much more attractive than a longer one. I use this almost every time I want to share a link.
ShortenMe in action

Click Here to install the ShortenMe extension.

Google Voice Search Hotword

Google Voice SearchThis app lets you search Google with your voice. It is actually incredibly fun to use. Go to Google.com and say “Ok Google.” No need to use your mouse or anything. This triggers the app. As soon as you see the microphone start asking your question. You can also use it as your concierge to add things to your calendar and to find directions. All Set

YouTube video

Note the first time I used the app I had to authorize the microphone. Allow Microphone

Click Here to download Google Voice Search Hotword extension.


CleanPrintIf you have ever tried to print a webpage this app is for you. Click on the leaf icon and the page you want to print is cleaned up. Physically print or save to PDF or send to Google Drive.

CleanPrint puts you in control of saving paper, ink and money when printing from the web. You can edit content before saving articles to Print, PDF, Google Docs, Google Drive, Dropbox or Box.net.

Click Here to download CleanPrint extension.

Keep Awake

Keep AwakeThis extension is for Chromebooks to disable the screen from shutting down while you are presenting.

Click Here to download Keep Awake extension.

Picture in Picture Viewer

Picture in Picture  Have you ever tried to watch a video or reference a second website while you were doing grades or composing lesson plans? By clicking on the Picture in Picture viewer the webpage you are looking out pops out into a panel that is fixed in the bottom right of your screen AND STAYS ON TOP. As you actively work on a different website you will still be able to fully see the other website in the corner. Note that if you move the floating website it loses the always on top property.
picture in picture

Click Here to download Picture in Picture Viewer extension.

The previous installments can be found here: Part 1 Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7

5 Easy Steps for Teaching with Digital Tools

Introducing digital tools into your teaching can seem challenging at first. There are many tools out there, and it might feel like there’s a lot to learn. But with easy steps for teaching with digital tools, you can start simply and gradually. There’s no need to dive in all at once – just take it one step at a time. Taking easy steps for teaching with digital tools starts with trying something!

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Students Prepare to Present

Help Your Students Prepare to Present

Maximize student success in presentations with ‘Speaker Notes by AliceKeeler,’ the ideal Google Slides add-on. Enhance how students prepare to present with easy transfer of speaker notes to Google Docs, promoting effective communication skills. Dive into the world of engaging, technology-aided presentations and empower students to shine in their academic endeavors. Discover the key to transforming student presentations into interactive, skill-building experiences.

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Infographic 7 Basic Steps for a Google Form

New to using Google Forms? This tool is essential for teachers to not only save time but to be adaptive to student needs. Use Forms to survey students, play games, personalize instruction, and assessment. This infographic on the 7 basic steps for a Google Form will help you get started.

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Online Workshop: Get Your Add-on Published

How can you make Google Workspace (Docs/Sheets/Slides) even better? You can create custom Add-ons with Google Apps Script. Wondering How to Get Your Google Workspace Add-on Published? Join Alice Keeler, Google Developer Expert, to learn the steps to get your Add-on officially published.

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