Five Chrome extensions every teacher should have

Chrome has quickly become the most popular web browser across all devices accounting for nearly 60 percent of ‘cyber surfing.’

What many people overlook is the fact that Chrome has it’s own ‘App Store’ much like we see on iOS and Android devices that allows you to add vast functionality to your browser.  This allows you to do things like automatically screen grab an entire web page, edit photos or even play Angry birds.

So if you are a Chrome user I would recommend you visit the web store and have a look at what is on offer.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Here are five tools I would recommend all teachers install on their Chrome browser.  If you have any other suggestions please add them in the comment section below.


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Record your screen, edit an image and annotate your Chrome usage.  This is particularly useful for teachers and students who wish to create tutorials and guides.  PLEASE NOTE: This is a packaged app. You must also install the Snagit Extension in order to capture images and videos. URL Shortener

This can be particularly handy if you are sharing URL’s to an audience on mixed devices in a BYOD environment and it even has a built in QR code generator.

Save to Google Drive

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Essentially this connects your google drive to your browser usage at the click of a button.  Allowing you to save web content, hyperlinks or browser screenshots to your Google Drive.  Extremely useful for teachers and students

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot App is an annotation tool for your screenshot and picture.  Capture, Annotate, Edit, Save and share.

Word Cloud website preview

Wordle is back (Almost) - Turn any web page into a word cloud in seconds.  Customisable, Save and Share.  Great for literacy and quickly sourcing key concepts form text.