BECOME A GOOGLE CHROME NINJA
Mid-South Technology Conference - December 6, 2012
Session description: "Using Google Chrome in the classroom allows staff and students to personalize their web experience. In this session you will learn how to use the omni box for more than just URLs, organize tabs for efficiency, create shortcuts for more productive searching, and install apps and extensions that are useful in the classroom. While attendees will get the most out of this session if they bring a laptop with Chrome already installed, hands-on participation is not required to attend. It is suggested that participants create a Google account ahead of time."



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Sessions:
  • Concurrent Session A: Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 10:00 am – 10:50 am in Room L12
  • Concurrent Session C: Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm in Room L12
Presentation file: This won’t necessarily be used all that much during the session as I plan to spend most of the time IN Chrome demonstrating all these things. I did want to provide the presentation file since I will be using it as a guide and think it could be helpful to those not able to attend the session. I also like to have something available in case the network crashes. The file is a Google Presentation. Special shout out to Molly Schroeder for her Chrome Ninja session at the Google Apps for Education Southern Summit which served as a guide for me.

Extensions: Links take you to the ChromeWeb Store unless otherwise labeled
  • Awesome New Tab Page - An alternative to the default Chrome Apps window. Highly customizable! See mine on slide 25 of the presentation embedded above.
  • ShortenMe – Shortens the URL with http://goo.gl and gives a QR code. View stats on your shortened links.
  • Bit.ly – Create a shortened URL using your http://bitly.com account. Great for customizing short URLs.
  • TabCloud - Save and restore window sessions over time and across multiple devices. Will save pinned tabs as pinned tabs! See my blog post about TabCloud.
  • EyeDropper – Pick colors from web pages, color picker and your personal color history. See my blog post about EyeDropper and Apple’s Color Picker.
  • Black Menu – One menu access to all your Google services with one click.
  • Send to Kindle from Chrome – Send web content to your Kindle device or application.
  • Checker Plus for Google Calendar -
  • Add to Pocket – Add website to your Pocket account for reading later. Acts the same as a standard bookmarklet. Visit the Pocket website.
  • YouTube Options for Google Chrome - Disable annoying things in YouTube and other video sites.
  • AdBlock - Block all advertisements on all web pages, even Facebook, Youtube, and Hulu.
  • Tab Expose – View thumbnails of all open tabs with one click.
  • TabScissors – Divide one window into two side-by-side windows. See my related blog post.
  • TabGlue – With one click, combine all open tabs in all open windows into one window. See my related blog post.
  • Clear History - Quickly clears the browsing session history and cookies. Can be configured to delete history for the last 1 or 2 hours, last day or week, or everything. Can also choose whether to receive a prompt or not.
  • Google Dictionary - Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble or view the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
  • Pasty – Copy a list of URLs as text and click the Pasty icon. All URLs will open in separate tabs in the active window.
  • Pixlr Grabber – Handy screenshot tool. Capture the visible screen, a defined area, or an entire web page. Linked to the Pixlr Editor at http://pixlr.com/editor.
  • Docs Quickly - Create a Google Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, or Drawing directly from your Chrome bar.
  • Screenleap for Gmail –  Instantly share your screen from within Gmail.
  • GrabText - Highlight text on a web page and click the extension to get a QR code containing the text. Handy for transferring text to a mobile device.
  • HashPlug – Adds Twitter search results in a sidebar on a Google search results page. Website
  • SpeakIt – Highlight text on any website to convert to speech. 50 languages.
  • Boomerang for Gmail - Allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date.
  • EasyBib Tools – If you are doing online research and use EasyBib, this extension will help you. Visit the EasyBib website.
  • Citable - Save citable quotes and notes from the web into a Google spreadsheet with one click.
Applications: Links take you to the ChromeWeb Store unless otherwise labeled
  • Popchrom – Create your own shortcuts for text phrases. Whether it’s a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, Popchrom helps you avoid typing the same thing over and over.
  • Audiotool – An online audio editor. Website
  • PicMonkey – Free online photo editor. Website
  • Pixlr-o-matic - Another online photo editor. Website
  • WeVideo – Free online video editor. Website
  • Pandora – Personalized internet radio. Website
  • Desmos Graphing Calculator  Website
  • Timer - Website
  • Pixton Comic Maker – Create amazing cartoons and share them instantly!. Website
  • Webcam Toy - Take photos with your webcam using over 70 free fun effects. Save photos to your computer and post to Twitter or Facebook! Website
  • CK-12 - Free education resources. Standards-aligned and customizable. Website
  • WebLab – When you just want to take a break. See the magic of the web brought to life through 5 Chrome Experiments. Website
  • JAM with Chrome – Another to try when you want to relax. It is an interactive web application that allows friends in different locations to play music together in real time through their Chrome browser. 19 instruments from which to choose. Up to 4 people can participate in one JAM session.Website
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