Get Your Google On - Summer 2013

Google has created a way for you to add functionality to your Google apps and your Chrome browser experience by allowing developers to create apps and extensions. Below are some that you might find useful. At the bottom of the page are some questions (with answers) that were asked during the webinar. 
 A -
Easily share and save your attachments. Connects to Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Box.
- Securely send attachments into your cloud storage services.
Quick extension to allow users to customize the order of the options in the new redesigned Google black bar.  Just drag and drop items.
C - Tab Cloud
Tab Cloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. Effectively allowing you to sync open tabs between multiple computers.
View definitions easily as you browse the web.
With this extension, you can:
1) Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
2) View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.

Foreign words are automatically translated to your language of choice.
Save all of your ideas and experiences in Evernote, then access them from every computer and phone you use.
In your Google Drive you can access templates for Sheets, Docs, and Slides both in the public and your school domain. This is a great way to create a template that you want your students to use on projects, etc. 
G - Ginger
Improve your English communication with Ginger's #1 spelling and grammar checker
Install and watch your spelling typos, grammar errors and misused words disappear from your Chrome browser with one simple click. Ginger proofreads your writing in popular websites such Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn and many others.  Ginger is the only proofreader that corrects 30 types of grammar errors. 
H - HootSuite
Publish updates, track activity, and analyze results across multiple social networks including Twitter and Facebook.
I - Incredible Start Page
A new, customizable start page for Chrome. Easily find your favorite bookmarks and closed tabs. Take notes as you browse.
      Incognito  - Good to use for allowing students to present their presentation from your computer so you don't have to logout of your Google account and they have to login. 

For times when you want to browse in stealth mode, Google Chrome offers the incognito browsing mode. Here's how the incognito mode works:

  • Webpages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito aren't recorded in your browsing and download histories.
  • All new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you've opened.
  • Changes made to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are always saved.

Open an incognito window

    1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
    2. Select New incognito window.
    3. A new window will open with the incognito icon incognito icon in the corner. You can continue browsing as normal in the other window.

You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘-Shift-N (Mac) to open an incognito window.

Windows 8 users: To switch between windows, click the window switcher Window switcher on the top right corner.

J - Jiggyape

An intelligent music player where you can search Youtube for music and play/store them in your playlist.You can find millions of songs from all over the world. Search for music and play them in your playlist, it's free and easy!

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free. Students can make use of our extensive video library, practice exercises, and…

With one click on the lamp button, the page will be fading to dark. And automatic focus on the video. Click again, the page will return back as normal.

Present your documents with video. *Currently (July 2013), the sound is not working well in Chrome. 
Add your favorite content from whatever source you want, and record video alongside it with your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Seamless integration with Google Drive™:
- Select any documents you like on Google Drive™ and open them with Movenote
- Use Movenote straight from Google Drive™
- Share the presentation via Gmail™ or Google Drive™

N - Feedly, Your News, RSS, and Google Reader
Feedly combines the visual appeal of a magazine with the efficiency and convenience of an RSS reader. The result is a powerful tool which allows you to organize, read and share the information which helps you stay current and creative in your life.

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
P - PDF Mergy
This WebApp provides a simple way to merge PDF files. You can either select the files you want to merge from you computer or drop them on the app using drag and drop. After that use drag and drop to bring the files in the desired order. The resulting merged PDF file will contain all Documents in the order as they appear on the screen. 
When done, press merge to initiate merging.

Q - Quite Tube
Quietube is a helpful and lightweight app by James Bridle (STML) to help you "watch web videos without the comments and crap." Ordinarily it's used with a bookmarklet. This extension is an alternative to the bookmarklet for Chrome users that only appears on eligible video pages. It works with YouTube, Vimeo, and more.
R - Right Inbox for Gmail
Right Inbox integrates seamlessly with Gmail and lets you schedule your emails to be delivered at a future time. Also you can track sent emails and get notified instantly when your email is read.
S - Save to Drive
This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save links to documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. You can save the currently viewed page using the 'Save to Google Drive' browser action. The format of saved HTML pages can be controlled with the extension's options page (Choice of Entire image (default), Visible image, Raw HTML, MHTML, or Google Doc). You can automatically convert Microsoft Office files or comma separated files to Google docs format.

After your content is saved, the progress dialog allows you to open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list. From the document list, you can organize and share your new document.T
T - TweetDeck
TweetDeck makes it easier for publishers, marketers and power users to track the real-time conversations they care about. It brings more flexibility and insight to power users through a customizable layout that lets you keep up with the people and topics that matter most to you. And, you can join the conversation by tweeting, sharing photos and links to news stories, and more.
Timer Countdown, Alarm Clock, and Stopwatch. It also runs offline. 
U - Sexy Undo Close Tab

Accidentally closed your last tab? Tired of losing tabs in Incognito? Don't worry, everything is possible with this sexy extension!

W - WiseStamp for Gmail and Docs, etc. 
WiseStamp enables you to share your social profiles and promote information you care about in every email you send.

With WiseStamp you can easily:
✓ Link to your Profiles - Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, Skype, Gtalk 
✓ Promote your latest G+, Etsy, Pinterest eBay item, Blog post ...
✓ Share your latest Twitter tweet, Funny Quotes, Green Footers, Legal disclaimers
✓ Add your Company logo, use Multiple signatures and much more....
X New Tab Page provides speed dials for top or popular sites, and is easier to open your installed chrome apps. More importantly, it organizes hundreds of popular sites' logo in the cloud, so that users could add any of their favorite sites on demand. Do not worry to lost your choice  it will save users' customized configuration in the cloud. Meantime, it has some more useful functionality  e.g. real-time weather report、organized bookmark、recent visited sites and cloud background pages. In one word, its goal is to improve the user experience of original Chrome New Tab.
Y - Zoom
Zoom in or out on web content using the zoom button for more comfortable reading. It helps you to zoom easy in and out a webpage. Thanks to the slider and the zoom buttons.
+ Scroll and Zoom
When you click on the Z button, scroll up or down.