Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Useful Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

As was reported by numerous news outlets, at the end of 2011 Google's Chrome surpassed Mozilla's Firefox to become the second most-used web browser. If you're one of the people that made the switch to Chrome in 2011, here are some extensions and Chrome web apps that you and your students should find handy.



Image Dictionary is a Chrome extension that enables users to right-click on a word and quickly find an image that is representative of that word. To use the Image Dictionary extension just highlight a word on a webpage, right-click, and select "image search." The images that are shown come from Wikipedia.  
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Read & Write for Google Docs adds accessibility features to Google Docs such as Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting and Study Skills tools.
Use Google Docs with all of your students including those with dyslexia, learning disabilities, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. This Chrome Extension makes any Google document accessible.   
Read & Write for Google Docs adds many of the popular support features of Read & Write GOLD to Google Docs documents including:
- Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting.
- Talking Dictionary
- Picture Dictionary
- Vocabulary Tool
- Study Skills tools to capture Google highlights
Speech Recognizer offline speech recognizer for chrome. This app uses the new built in speech feature in chrome 11+ to create a useful powerful tool to use voice to do the normal typing jobs.
The app is essentially an in the browser speech recognizer using which you can dictate sentences, edit the output and add them together to form paragraphs. 
This app is best used along with Voice In chrome extension.


If you believe you know all there is to know about the Chrome Browser, test your knowledge with this quiz: How Much Do You Know about Chrome?

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