March 22, 2013

Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome seems to be catching on in my school district now more than ever as Windows has finally stopped supporting IE for Windows XP.  This means that a lot of our teachers are reaching out to a new browser for the very first time.  This can certainly be a scary premise.  The good news is that Chrome couldn't be easier to manage.  In addition, you are going to love the extensions that you can load to help assist you in your everyday browsing.  Below are the first five extensions you should install to get you using the web more efficiently.

1.  A Cleaner Internet is an extension for Chrome that allows you to view YouTube videos without seeing the "related" content, advertisements, and comments that appear on the side and below the video.

2.  Printliminator is a bookmarklet for Chrome that allows you to select only the elements which you wish to print from a webpage before printing.  This is very useful when you want to print a page without advertisements or only one section of the page.

3.  Select and Speak is an extension for Chrome that allows you to highlight any text on a webpage, click the Select and Speak icon in your browser, and listen to the reading of the text.  Great for those days when you have a sore throat.

4.  Webpage Screenshot is a Chrome extension that you can use to capture all or part of webpage.  Once you have your screenshot you can even draw and type on them.

5.  EasyBib Chrome extension that evaluates the credibility of webpages which is a useful tool to show students.

Now What?

Extensions are a great way to get the most out of your browsing experience.  After playing around you will find which ones best suit your needs and then wonder how you ever lived without them.  For those of you who would like more information about Chrome before you start downloading extensions and using some of the advanced features, check here to visit their website.

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