Kind of a random post but I’ve been geeking out about some google chrome extensions and websites that we are installing on our kids computers for virtual learning. I thought I would put together some that are working for us, and some that might work if you are teaching virtually this year. Here are 15 google chrome helpers we are using for virtual learning.
Scheme Color: Technically not a google chrome extension BUT so helpful for google docs and slides. This is one of my favorite design websites. You can look up color combinations and easily copy and paste the hex code. I made my oldest daughter a bell schedule in google slides and easily created a gradient of her favorite pastel colors. This is perfect for branding, but also for putting together google slides or just helping your child put together something for school that needs certain colors (like state flag colors!). It’s SO much easier than using the color wheel tool on mac, putting that combination into photoshop, and then copying the hex code.
Crafty Extensions – I’m going to geek out about these for a second. This site has several extensions you can download into google chrome. I am currently using Crafty Levels, which allows you to look up Flesch-Kincaid reading level of any web page. I use this for some of the text on my website, but it would be really cool for schools.
Grid View for Google Chrome – Confused because you don’t see the entire class during your google meet time? The grid view extension allows you to change the number of participants you can see during a meeting.
Bitmoji – You either love or hate this, but I’m still going to link it 😉
Custom Curser for Chrome – Change your cursor to pretty much anything. So fun and engaging, my kids are obsessed with the options. If you are sharing a screen I think this would be a hit for kids too, AND you can switch them up for seasons or themes.
Small PDF – Great for compressing literally any file.
Web Paint – Paint or draw on any screen. Draw shapes, lines, and add text to live web pages and take screenshot. Great for teaching live virtually, but also could be useful for kids to share ideas or when they are having trouble using the draw or text feature when recording in Seesaw (we had tons of trouble in the spring because of formatting.
Dualess – Splits your monitor into two! So if you only have one computer to work with you can split your screen easily to see the class and present any work (or see the class and do work in Canvas, Google Classroom, etc).
Nod – Emoji reactions for muted participants in a google meet room. I haven’t experimented with this as a non host, but it would be fun if it worked both ways. Otherwise if you are the host of the meeting your students will be able to use these reactions.
Screencastify – Record your screen! There is a ton of information for teachers and this is perfect for our middle schooler if she needs to do a report.
Pocket – This is a new one for me but it looks really useful. It helps students “pocket” websites they come across to use later. I know this will help me hopefully cure my open tabs addiction.
Google Dictionary – Easy to look up words while reading!
Save to Google Drive – Easily save into your google drive.
Ad Block Youtube – If your school isn’t using safe youtube it’ll help block those pesky ads.
Cute School Supplies Google Theme – Love this for feeling “in school” even though we are home.
Google has SO many extension options, if this was helpful or if you have any to suggest please leave a coomment!