Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Real Gem: Chrome Extensions

"Work smarter, not harder." Google makes it easy to make this phrase reality with Chrome Extensions.  What is an extension?  According to Wikipedia, a Chrome Extension is defined as "... small programs that modify the Google Chrome browser. These extensions are written using web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Google Chrome Extensions are downloadable through the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery.

My favorite Chrome Extension right now is the URL Shortener / QR Code Generator.  Click this LINK to go to the Google Chrome Store and download the extension. The extension will sit in your Chrome browser next on the right side of the URL.  

Just click icon of the extension and the URL is shortened and a QR code is created!

Ideas for use:  
  1. Create shortened URL’s that are easier for students to type.
  2. Make QR Codes to YouTube Playlists, websites, calendars, and more.
  3. Copy / Paste / Print QR codes and hang in the classroom / workspace that link to interesting information.
  4. Use the zoom feature to make the code larger so students can scan URL right off the screen.

Do you have a favorite Chrome Extension?  Add it to our growing Google Doc HERE that I started during the #nebedchat. 

View the doc and go to the Chrome Store. Install a few extensions that help you “work smarter, not harder.”

-Ann Feldmann

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