Video: Exploring Chrome Apps & Extensions For Education

Chrome Apps & Extensions can greatly extend your ability to utilize apps and tools for the web right within the Chrome Browser.
View this video to get an overview of how to find them, add them, and look for new ones to support your teaching.

Chrome Apps & Extensions
Find Apps:
Find Extensions:

What’s the Difference ?
A major difference between Chrome extensions and web apps is the fact that while extensions are used to enhance the functionality of the Chrome Browser, web apps run within the browser having a different user interface. Unlike web applications, extensions have little or sometimes no UI component.

North Reading Tech Buzz: Chromebook Tips & Tricks

North Reading Tech Buzz: Chromebook Tips & Tricks
Overview Of Session Topics:
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Tips For Teaching With Chromebooks
  • Accessibility Features Of Chromebooks
  • Create Tools On Chromebooks
  • Using Soundcloud To Record Student Audio
  • Useful Chrome Apps/Add Ons That Help You On The Chromebook
  • What’s New In Chrome

Chromebook Shortcuts
Tips For Teaching With Chromebooks
Google Add-Ons
  • Thesaurus-Add On Thesaurus In Google Apps
  • Orange Slice Rubric Creator-Teacher Rubric Creator In Google Apps
  • Bibme-Google Apps Add On To Assist Students With Creating Bibliographies
  • Gliffy Diagrams-Online Diagrams and Graphics
Useful Chrome Apps
  • AddToAny-Share to Google Classroom Or Blogger From Your Chrome Browser
  • Geogebra-Web based geometry tools.
  • Ed Puzzle– Engage students with video.
  • SnagIt-Simple screenshots in the cloud.
  • Speechnotes-Great web based voice to text tool.

Why Aren’t You Using Google Keep ?

Google Keep is an amazing little web based note taker!

 I can understand now at this point that inviting a new app into your live to keep lists and reminders is a crowded space. But I really want to open your minds to this one. Google Keep has some tremendous benefits for the super busy person who wants labeling in one place.

  • Syncs across Google Accounts, Allows Sharing and Exporting to Google Docs
  • Provides Notifications and Reminders
  • Allows for labeling, labeling
  • creating checkboxes and crossing items off of your list without losing the item.
  • Allows for archiving, changing of list color and email sharing.
  • Has nice smooth web and desktop interface linked with your Google Account.
  • It can also be added as a shortcut to your Google Apps(The same place you find Drive and Docs).

I was slow to start using Google Keep as it was very similar to Evernote in its features but as a dedicated Google Docs user the creation of Docs from my lists was the biggest selling point. Additionally, the ability to have a cross platform application that syncs with my Google Desktop as an option makes efficiency when moving from location to location amazingly simple.
Google Keep Desktop View
I have used this app to share lists which are constantly evolving and changing in real time. I have also used this list maker to more easily enable blogging on the run and turning into a Google Doc in a click of a button.

So go ahead download the “Keep” app from Google Play or find the 3rd party “Go Keep” app from the App Store and test out the sharing of lists,notes,photos and whatever your heart desires across email accounts.

Also be sure to view your synced desktop version when logged into your Google Account.

I think may find yourself returning to it before you know it as your go to list maker/ creative space.

Andover Innovation Lab & Instructional Technology Update Andover High School Week Of October 27th- 31st 2014

What a great week to be back after a rejuvenating MassCUE conference at Gillette Stadium! At Andover High School we are really in the flow of integrating Google Sites, Google Classroom and a variety of other technology tools into the classroom.

Class Charts Seating Chart App

 I will start off with a share that I got from researching the ability to create class seating charts online with World Language teacher Jen Deschenes. The Chrome Application which is an application available in the Chrome web store on the Chrome Browser named “Class Charts” allows you to create web based seating charts for your classroom. It is simple to use and will help you create multiple class charts in a jiffy.

Health/Physical Education Department

On Monday I had the opportunity to work with the entire Health/Physical Education Department on the creation of their Google Accounts,what it means for them and how they can begin to create,share and work with students using the tools of Google Drive.

They were a great receptive group and many had great questions about getting started in simple ways. My suggestion for many of them was just using a single doc for their continuing update of homework assignments.

Mike Messina
Diagramming for Game Development

In the Digital Learning course Game Design Michael Messina is developing lessons which encourage students to look at the format in which games are developed with HTML5 for the web. Michael Messina has engaged students on a variety of project development concepts in both Web Design and Game Development and we are excited to see his projects through the semester.

Here is Michael outlining the pixel dimensions for students of a web interface of a game.

Karen Stevens

Karen Stevens Entrepreneurship course has been delving into the creation of business plans for their projects. Karen has been developing rubrics which will help students envision their business projects in terms of the key concepts of a business plan. The students have been excited to work on their own ideas and problem solve their concept development.

Dan Brennan & Bryce Work to update iPads

The help desk has been busy updating the iPad cart for the Social Studies department and preparing their formative projects for review. Be sure to check put their most recent blog writing which includes their perspectives on the MassCUE conference and their project work.

Librarian John Berube fresh off MassCUE has been suggesting some great new tools for staff to use in addition to the many research tools such as Ebrary and Boston Public Library tools he already administers. One tool he found was the presentation tool Emaze which can be alternative to other presentation tools such as Goolge Slides, Powerpoint and Prezi. Emaze’s features include a very graphic interface for content and many nice templates.

Google Classroom Interface

Tom Powers has continued to power through the use of Google Classroom engaging his students with
the assignments and the ability to submit them online. He has pioneered the use of the platform at the high school and has begun using the high school lab as a tool with classroom to submit the students audio recording as assignments through the use of web tools such as Vocaroo which enables students to record their voice online and send a link to Mr. Powers in Google Classroom.

Jen with her Memes

My week ended with a great meeting with Jen Deschenes on fine tuning who has included the use of student created memes in her classroom to have students quickly form sentences using a “meme” app on their phones. Memes are small photos with text added to give context or create communication.

Jen is also using Google Drive to store student created audio files for quick sharing within folders on her drive.