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  1. 1. Using Chrome Extensions and Apps for Literacy Sharon Neveu
  2. 2. Extensions or apps: extend the functionality of the browser (Chrome) and how you view websites. Available at the Google Chrome store.
  3. 3. Extensions vs Apps? What's the Difference Between a Chrome Web App and an Extension? Apps The Chrome Web Store introduces the concept of installable web apps. These apps will live alongside extensions and themes in the store, which will become the one-stop shop for all three types of installable components. So what exactly are installable web apps and how do they differ from extensions? Im glad you asked Apps= applications you can run inside your browser with a dedicated user interface and, typically, rich user interaction. (Once installed, use the apps launcher to access.) Extensions also provide functionality, but unlike apps, there is little or no UI component. Instead, they extend the functionality of Google Chrome and the websites being viewed in it. For example, they can extend Google Chrome by adding a new button to the address bar
  4. 4. Click Apps Launcher, then click Web Store or Google Chrome Web store Chrome web store Enter name of Extension or App in search box. Extensions & Apps
  5. 5. Google Chrome Extensions and Apps Extensions: Read&Write for Google Readability Extensity BeeLine Reader BookShare (for SpEd students) Adblock Plus Checker Plus for Google Drive Google Voice, Hangouts Apps: NewsELA VoiceNote II EasyBib Google Keep Snapverter MindMeister Kaizena Go to Chrome webstore:
  6. 6. Read&Write for Google
  7. 7. Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL. Read&Write for Google offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading and writing, including: Hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries Hear text translated into other languages Get suggestions for the current or next word as you type Turn words into text as you speak Highlight text in documents or the web and collect for use in other documents Simplify and summarize text on web pages
  8. 8. Read&Write for Google is a user-friendly chrome extension for use with PCs, Macs and Chromebooks. It works with web pages and common file types in Google Drive, including: - Google Docs - PDF - ePub - Kes Install Read&Write for Google to access ALL of these features FREE for 30 days! After 30 days, you can still access Read Aloud and Translator features in Google Docs and web pages. Premium features for Google Docs, web, PDF, ePub, and Kes files are available by purchasing a subscription for single users, groups of users, or domains. Teachers can get a FREE premium subscription to Read&Write for Google. To register and activate your subscription, go to after installing the Read&Write for Google trial. Get more information on Read&Write for Google features, licensing, and pricing at
  9. 9. Supports include: Hear text read aloud with dual color highlighting Have words explained with text and picture dictionaries and translated into other languages Get suggestions for the current or next word as you type with Word Prediction Turn speech to text in Google Docs Highlight and collect text; build vocabulary lists Simplify and summarize text on web pages Annotations, including typewriter tool Convert printed documents and inaccessible files into classroom files with Snapverter!
  10. 10. Read&Write for Google Activities Read Text: Highlight text to read selection or click to read all text. Use Play, Pause, Stop controls.
  11. 11. Settings: Use to change voice, speed, language.Translator 1. Highlight text. 2. Click Translator icon.
  12. 12. Prediction Enter text in the document and a list of 10 suggestions will appear. Mouse over a word in the list, the word will be read aloud. Picture Dictionary Highlight word Click Picture Dictionary Dictionary Highlight word Click Dictionary
  13. 13. Fact Finder 1. Highlight term. 2. Click Fact Finder. 3. Google Web Search.
  14. 14. Highlight and collect highlights
  15. 15. Vocabulary Highlight to collect terms, then click Vocabulary icon. A new document is created with the vocabulary list. Click title to rename. See Vocabulary List Wild Animals on this Planet
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  17. 17. Quick Start Guide
  18. 18. Apps Launcher (to locate after installation)
  19. 19. Click subject area or topic. Select class level, write, quiz, print.
  20. 20. Readability Read comfortably- cleans up webpages, remove distractions, change font, size.
  21. 21. CNN article
  22. 22. Change font & size 1. Click on the text area on the page. 2. The tool panel will appear on the left. 3. Click the font icon to change the article appearance. 4. Click font style, use sliders to increase/decrease size. You can also add tags, favorite, recommend, share, send, download the article.
  23. 23. Extensity Use to manage extensions
  24. 24. Click Extensity icon in address bar. Click extension you want to turn off/on- it will grey out if turned off.
  25. 25. BeeLine Reader BeeLine Reader: Adds a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. You can choose colors and use OpenDyslexia font.
  26. 26. VoiceNote II Typing with your voice and speech recognition. Simple and functional notepad. Can also use to record in several languages.
  27. 27. 1. Click the globe. 2. Select language using drop down arrows. 3. Click mic icon to record.
  28. 28. Use Editing mode editing tools to edit your notes- add punctuation, correct spelling, etc. Save note. Erase/return text. Customize and Control- view My Notes, use My Dictionaries, Settings
  29. 29. Can record in several other languages! Save a note.
  30. 30. customize and control Use to view: My Notes My Dictionaries Settings
  31. 31. My Notes: My Dictionaries: Use to create a dictionary that corrects voice recognition errors. Setttings: Use to Change skin or Mic setting
  32. 32. EasyBib EasyBib Introductory tutorial Cite a Website, Book, Newspaper, Journal, Database, Digital image, etc.
  33. 33. Bookshare Text-to-speech and word-level highlighting Bookshare is the worlds largest online library of copyrighted content for people with qualified print disabilities. Installing this extension enables text-to-speech and word-level highlighting for the Bookshare Web Reader. Open only to LD w/IEP.
  34. 34. Bookshare YouTube Channel
  35. 35. How to use Bookshare
  36. 36. Adblock Plus Add in Chrome Web Store as an Extension
  37. 37. Icon shows how many ads have been blocked on the webpage. You can also choose to turn on/off features using the switches.
  38. 38. For Elementary Teachers and Students
  39. 39. Hooda Math Games contains over 500 Math Games. All available online for free. No registration required. Math Games by Grade K-12 Math Games by Subject Timed Tests Manipulatives Logic Games Physics Games Jigsaw Puzzles
  40. 40. IXL
  41. 41. Checker Plus for Google Drive Quickly browse your Google Drive files without opening a webpage and get notifications of modifications to your shared documents Browse, open, search or delete your files and documents right from a browser button (without waiting for Google Drive's page to open) Get desktop notifications when any of your files/documents are modified or updated by a shared user Can be used as an FVD Speed Dial widget
  42. 42. Additional Extensions & Apps
  43. 43. AdBlock The original AdBlock for Chrome. Block all advertisements on all web pages, even Facebook, Youtube, and Hulu. It works automatically: just click "Add to Chrome," then visit your favorite website and see the ads disappear! You can also get AdBlock for Safari, Opera, and Firefox from News8
  44. 44. Snapverter Snapverter is the easy-to-use document conversion add-on for anyone using read&write for google. Snapverter cleverly recognizes text from worksheets, handouts, book pages, photocopies and other paper based classroom materials. Just grab your smartphone and snap. Documents are converted into accessible PDF files for easy sharing with your students in Google Drive. Then use the powerful tools in read&write for google to help struggling readers, ESL/ELL and students with dyslexia or learning diffculties. And thats not all. Snapverter also converts Bookshare digital publications in DAISY format to accessible EPUB files for reading aloud with read&write for google. Users have 10 scans for initial trial. After that, the number of scans drops to 1 per week.
  45. 45. How to use it
  46. 46. Google Keep Quickly capture what's on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family. Quickly capture what's on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family. Speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search. Capture whats on your mind Add notes, lists and photos to Google Keep. Pressed for time? Record a voice memo and Keep will transcribe it so you can find it later. Shar