To our Chrome-loving teachers: below are our top 10 favorite extensions. You’ll find time-savers, tab organizers, and easy ways to save content to your Google Drive. Thumbs up to all of these.
Once you’ve finished downloading these for yourself, tweet us your fave extensions for teaching at @Chalkupedu. We’ll update our list later and give you a much-deserved shout-out in the Twitterverse.
For the Teacher Who Loves Their PLN: Rapportive
There are tons of people saved in your email. But are they officially part of your PLN? This extension will display additional information about the people you’re emailing - including their social channels - so you can connect outside of email.
For the Teacher Who Reads Everything: Add Books
If you’re checking out a book, this extension will smartly grab the ISBN and add it to one of your Goodreads lists.
For the Teacher Who Likes to Focus: Clearly
Built by the fantastic Evernote team, Clearly allows you to make blog posts and articles easy to read. This extension will strip away distractions, reformatting the text into a clean, reader-friendly view and save them to your Evernote account to read whenever you please. Bonus points for some nice highlighting tools.
For the Teacher Managing All the School Clubs: Google Calendar
This extension plops a neat little button on your browser that will allow you quick access to your calendar. It’s also possible to quickly add events from webpages; the button shows an orange plus sign whenever there are events on the page you’re viewing that can be added to your calendar.
For the Teacher Who Loves to Research Classroom Ideas: Tab Cloud
Save your precious tabs and revisit browsing sessions even when you move between machines. Tab Cloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. Research on, teachers.
For the Teacher Who Always Forgets Their Passwords: LastPass
If you can remember your LastPass password, you’ll be set. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass, and it will automatically login to your sites and sync your passwords everywhere you need them.
For the Teacher Who Revises Everything: Draftback
Draftback calls itself “The archaeology of great writing.” This extension allows you to review the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit. “It's like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write.”
These two little buttons are big for Google Drive lovers. The first allows you to save web content or screenshots to your Drive with a click. The second provides a nifty button on your browser to create a new Doc on the fly.
These neat little extensions are for the word lovers. The first allows you to easily peruse definitions as you read web content. The second is a world-class proofreader for anything you’re typing on the interwebs.
For the Teacher Who is a Citation Stickler: Cite This For Me
Create citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard styles with this extension. Head to the page you wish to cite and click this browser button to generate your citation. Copy/paste it. Call it a day.