Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chrome Tips Every Teacher Should Know About

Chrome is browser packed full of amazing features that can make your browsing experience easier and more productive.  I have been working a lot with teachers on why they should use Chrome and the benefits to using Chrome.  I emphasize that these tips will enable them to save, sync and access their Chrome date and bookmarks across different devices, easily access and manage their installed apps, use shortcuts to perform quick tasks in Chrome, restore closed tabs and windows,

  • Importance of signing in to Chrome:  Chrome is part of Google's suite of products - meaning if you have a Google account you can use the same login info to sign in to your Chrome.  Once signed in, all your Chrome's settings, bookmarks, apps, extensions, browsing history, themes, and other data are saved and synced to your Google account.  You can access all of this data when you use Chrome on any other device provided you sign in to the same account. This is especially helpful in when you work on different computers for instance one at home and another at work…etc. Follow these steps to sign in to Chrome 
    • Open Chrome.
    • In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the button with an icon of a person or your name or email address.
    • Click Sign in to Chrome.
    • Sign in with your Google Account.
    • To customize your sync settings, click Settings. This lets you choose what information to share across other devices where you're signed into Chrome.
  • Install Chrome Extensions/Apps:  Extensions are small software programs that get installed on your browser and these extension modify and enhance the functionality of your browser.  Chrome Apps are often enhanced shortcuts to websites. You can find Chrome Apps in the Chrome store.  
  • Drag and Drop:  In Chrome, you can easily take a word or phrase, and drag and drop it into the search bar (or as Chrome calls it, the Omnibox) and it will automatically search those terms.  Similarly, you can drag a URL directly on the Bookmark Bar to save it as a bookmark. You can also drag URL links directly to your desktop and Chrome automatically creates a clickable icon.
  • Open Specific Pages at Start:  If you use the web like me, you end up going to the same sites every time you log on.  Conveniently, you can set Chrome up to open to those same websites ever time you start up.  In the Settings menu, go to the section "On Startup" (or just type chrome://settings/startup in the omnibox) and click on the option to "Open to specific page or set of pages."  Next to that option is a "Set pages" link, which allows you to choose your starting sites.
  • Open Accidentally Closed Tabs:  Have you ever mistakenly closed a tab?  We all have.  But, thankfully Chrome is a forgiving browser and makes it possible to get it all back.  All you have to do is press Control-Shift-T and Chrome will reopen any recently closed tabs.  
  • Create another Profile:  If you have multiple Google accounts (say for professional and personal use) you can create another profile and switch back and forth between the two.  First, create a new profile by going to Settings>People>Add person.  Name that profile and then login.  Note:  Chrome also gives you the ability to "Control and view the websites this person visits."  This can be useful if you have children that you would like to monitor their online activity.