Shake Up Learning’s Favorite Chrome Extensions
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What are Extensions? Extensions are installed in the browser and give you added features and abilities to customize your browser.
Warning! Running too many extensions at once can slow your browser down. This list is a great place to start, but pick and choose what ones you need or want to try. And be sure to grab the Extensity extension so you can turn extensions off when you do not need them.
Below are a few of my favorite Google Chrome extensions.
|Adblock Plus||The free adblock tool for Chrome: Blocks annoying video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more.|
|Adblock for YouTube||Install Adblock for Youtube™ now and all the Pre-Roll Ads on Youtube™ are gone, forever! The enhanced Adblock removes any ad videos shown before your video as well.|
|Announcify||Announcify is a great text-to-speech extension that will read any webpage aloud. It also clears the clutter on the page while blurring the text in surrounding paragraphs so the reader can stay focused. Great for struggling readers and ELL.|
|Bookmark Manager||This one is made by Google and a much more visual way to manage your bookmarks. Install and go to the Chrome menu>Bookmarks>Bookmark manager.|
|Boomerang for Gmail||Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. Write a message now, send it whenever, even if you’re not online. Track messages to make sure you hear back, and schedule reminders right inside Gmail.|
|Boomerang for Calendar||This smart calendar assistant for Gmail can help streamline scheduling team meetings and so much more!|
|Chrome to Phone||Google Chrome to Phone Extension enables you to send links and other information from Chrome to your Android device.|
|Chromnitweet||Update your Twitter status right from Chrome’s Omnibox (URL bar).|
|ChromeVox||The ChromeVox screen reader is an extension to Chrome that brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users.|
|Cite This For Me: Web Citer||Automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles at the click of a button. Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read anywhere.|
|Evernote Clearly||With one click, Clearly makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one, seamless view.|
|Currently||Currently is a simple extension that replaces your “New Tab” screen with a new one that shows you the current time and the weather.|
|Crafty Text||Type very large text across any website! Great for sharing shortened urls, and to get the attention of your students.|
|Diigo Web Collector||Bookmark, Archive, Screenshot & Markup – All-In-One Web Collector, must-have research tool.|
|Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer||Automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer.|
|Do Share||Write and schedule your posts on Google+.|
|Draftback||Draftback lets you play back 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.|
|Evernote Web Clipper||The Evernote Web Clipper is the easiest way to save, mark up and share anything you see online. From clipping pages to taking and annotating screenshots, the Evernote Web Clipper lets you capture everything, then access it from anywhere.|
|Extensity||Tired of having too many extensions in your toolbar? Try Extensity, the ultimate tool for lightning fast enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable the extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to get rid of it for a little while. You can also launch Chrome Apps right from the list.|
|Eye Dropper||Eye Dropper is open source extension which allows you to pick colors from web pages, color picker and your personal color history.|
|Favorite Posts for Google+||Using Favorite Posts for Google+™, you can easily bookmark posts you like or send them to Instapaper with a simple click directly on Google+. These posts are then shown in a separate section which can be opened by clicking on the “Favorites” link in the left-hand menu.|
|Feedly Mini||Feedly Mini is a Chrome browser extension that keeps you connected to your feedly, allowing you to easily save, tag, share or subscribe to the great content you find each day.|
The free Spell Checker & Grammar Checker by Grammarly helps you write clearly and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly anywhere else on the Web. With Grammarly, you can always be sure that your words are mistake-free and say what you mean.
|Google +1 Button|
+1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.” Now you can +1 and share the pages you think are worth visiting no matter where you are on the web.
The Google Cast extension enables you to find and play content on your Chromecast device from your Chrome browser.
|Google Docs Quick Create|
Add a simple menu to your browser bar to quickly create new Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and Drawings for Google Drive.
|Google Input Tools|
Switch to typing in a different language with the click of the mouse, and switch back just as easily. (90+ Languages)
|goo.gl URL Shortener|
goo.gl url shortener is an extension which allows you to shorten the current website URL with the Google URL Shortener service http://goo.gl/…and generate a QR code!
Click on the Honey button on a supported online store and instantly see all the coupons and sales available for the store. Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.
Enlarge thumbnails on mouse over. Works on many sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Reddit, Amazon, Tumblr, etc).
It automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure “http” to secure “https”. It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship.
|Image Size Info|
Simple extension to view image width, height and file size from browsers image context menu.
Improves YouTube’s functions and site with Limited Permissions. Auto HD, Resize, Annotations, Playback Speed and more.
InvisibleHand discreetly notifies you if the product you’re shopping for is available more cheaply from another retailer or travel site. The notification provides a convenient link straight to the relevant page on the competing website.
LastPass, an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.
|Lazarus Form Recovery|
Ever had one of those “oh $*#@” moments when you’ve finally finished filling out a long form, and hit submit only to see an error message? And when you hit the back button, the form was blank… If so, you know you need Lazarus. And if not, you have a chance to install Lazarus before disaster strikes!
Simply add the Move It extension to your browser, set the notification interval, and your screen will present you with a random brain break and exercise to complete.
|Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides|
View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
You can set timers from the omnibox. It is good for Keyboard lovers. Type ‘tm’ and space, then you can set the timer from the omnibox. When time is over, Chrome will show a desktop notification and tell you a message you entered. The default message is ‘Timer done!’
Add support to the omnibox to search in Google Drive.
Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
|Read & Write for Google|
|Replies and More for Google+||Adds reply and reply-to-author buttons to Google+ comments and a number of other enhancements, including sharing to Twitter and other social networks!|
|Save to Google Drive||The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension helps you save web content or browser screenshots to your Google Drive. * Adds a browser action to save the current page. * Adds a right-click context menu to save hyperlinks and media. * Configurable through an options page.|
|Send from Gmail||This extension will open a Compose window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. It also provides a button that will create a Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and link address as the message. For setting the domain name of your “Google Apps for your domain” account, click Options.|
With TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™ you can take screenshots or screen recordings of anything on your screen including your browser, desktop, and applications you have running. TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™ will share your screen, so you can share your ideas and insights with anyone you’d like.
Select and listen to text – Now you can listen to articles behind logins and paywalls, or even your email. Highlight any text in Chrome, right-click and send to SoundGecko.
Tab Cloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. Effectively allowing you to sync open tabs between multiple computers.
This simple organization tool puts all of your Chrome tabs together into one window with a single click.
This extension splits a window into two at the selected tab.
|TLDR – Too Long Didn’t Read|
TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) Plugin is a free extension that creates a summary of any web article without leaving the original page.
|Turn Off the Lights|
Get rid of the chaos in YouTube! This extension adds a lamp button in the omnibox. When you click on the lamp button, the chaos that surrounds the YouTube video fades to dark, highlighting the video.