The Chrome extensions identified in this resource have been selected for the use of both educators and students to support the diverse needs of all learners. Each extension provides support to modify and enhance the educational experience. Although there is a plethora of extensions available, the extensions in this resource have been selected based on their usefulness and reliance. All of the extensions identified are free to download (with the option to upgrade for more options within the extensions). Each module identifies and describes each of the top five extensions selected. View the tutorial videos included in this resource for demonstrations on how to use each extension. Task cards are included as guides for use and integration strategies, and to provide additional information.
The Google Platform is widely used for educational purposes, including instruction and learning. Chrome extensions are programs installed in the Chrome browser to give the user additional features and abilities. The extensions are available on the Chrome Web Store. These extensions may be used in an educational context to support the diverse needs of all students.
Module 1 - Read&Write
Read&Write for the Chrome web browser is an extension for Chrome that consists of a literacy toolbar, which includes features such as word prediction, text-to-speech, talking dictionary and picture dictionary, audio maker, fact finder, screen mask, Talk&Type, translator, highlighters and a vocabulary list builder.
Module 2 - EasyBib
EasyBib for the Chrome web browser is an extension that supports referencing. The referencing toolbar quickly generates a citation. The citation can be created in many formats, such as MLA, Chicago, and APA. It also examines the credibility of the website you are citing.
Module 3 - BeeLine Reader
BeeLine Reader for the Chrome web browser is an extension that allows users to improve their reading skills. The colour gradient used in this extension allows users to read text quickly and accurately. The visual tracking enables readers to focus on decoding and comprehension.
Module 4 - Announcify
Announcify for the Chrome web browser is a reading support extension that supports text-to-speech and language translation functions. In addition to text-to-speech, Announcify also blurs out the text that is not being read, which allows the user to focus on the pertinent text. This extensions allows readers to focus on decoding and comprehension of text.
Module 5 - Screencastify
Screencastify for the Chrome web browser is an extension that allows users to quickly and easily capture, edit, and share videos. This extension enables users to record the screen, record audio using the built-in microphone, and also embed webcam footage.
Module 6 - Managing Extensions
SimpleExtManager for the Chrome web browser is an extension for organization. This extension organizer allows a user to organize, enable and disable extensions.