Saturday, September 19, 2015

Favorite Chrome Extensions

There are so many Chrome extensions available. How do you know which ones to use/choose? Well collaborate with others and see what they find useful. Share what you find useful! With that in mind, here are six of my favorites:

This extension lets you set up frequently used grading sayings -- "Is this a complete sentence?" "Did you check your spelling?" "Did you cite your resource?", etc., save them and paste them in as you are grading. The extension appears on the extension bar as well as on the right click as a fly out menu so you can select the saved comment. 

1-Click Timer
This productivity extension is a great timer. Click on it, adjust the hands of the clock to set your timer, click, and let it go! It will count down for you in the background and play a lovely piece of music that your students will mimic in no time at all! It can be set to a maximum of one hour. You can open it in a new tab so the timer is on full display. To stop the alarm, simply click on the center of the clock. 

Google Calendar (By Google) 

With this extension you can easily check your Google Calendar and add new events from websites you visit. You don't even have to leave your current page to check. 
If you have more than one calendar, you can select options to display all or some of the calendars. There is also an option that will allow you to look at the icon and know how many more minutes or days until your next event. 

TweetDeck Launcher
If you use Twitter, this is definitely the extension for you! This is essential for the Twitter fanatic! TweetDeck makes it easier for you to track the conversations going on in your Twitter feed. It allows custom layouts that let you keep up with the people and topics that you follow. You can join the conversation by tweeting, sharing photos and links to news stories. Add a variety of columns of hashtags and watch the conversation or join in! 

The Great Suspender
If you like to have a whole bunch of tabs open in Chrome, then this extension is for you! It will automatically "suspend" a tab by unloading it and yet retain its favicon and title text so you can see which tab is which. If you need that tab again, simply click anywhere on the page to restore it. If you have a tab that you do not ever want to suspend, simply "whitelist it." That option comes up when the page is suspended, just click on that option and it will not be suspended again. You can also tell it when to suspend. Mine will suspend after one-hour of inactivity. Change it as you need. 

Automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard styles at the click of a button. Just browse to the page you want to cite and click the button to generate a correctly formatted citation. Students can then copy and paste the citation into an assignment, or add it to a document to use later.

I could go on . . . but I'll stop here. Now it's your turn to share below one of your favorite extensions!