Google Chrome is a relatively new browser that is now the second most popular browser (after Internet Explorer). You have received a portable version to allow you to use it on any computer. It should help make your browsing easier, faster, and simplify some teaching tasks.
You might notice that the there is no separate search bar and address bar in Google Chrome. The omnibar functions as both. You can enter a URL (like http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca) or search for a term (like YRDSB) in the same spot.
You will also notice some icons on the top right side of your screen. These are for extensions that have been added to Google Chrome to help simplify tasks or make your browsing experience more enjoyable.
Extensions Installed on Google Chrome
There are also several more extensions running behind the scenes that you won't see buttons for. You can enlarge the images to read descriptions of them.
The suggestions below will help make browsing quicker and easier. For a complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts click here.
If you are using Chrome in more than one location, this can be a really useful tool. Setting up browser sync will transfer your browsing history, bookmarks, preferences, etc. between your browsers. For example if you are using Google Chrome portable at school and have Google Chrome on a home computer, you don't have to worry that the bookmarks you add at school won't work at home. You do need to have a Google Account to do this (click here to read more about getting a Google account).
YouTube has some fantastic content for education on it, but some of the related videos might not be appropriate and we often have issues streaming videos at school because of our connection speed. Two extensions have been added to your version of Chrome to help resolve this issue.
The first is clea.nr Videos for YouTube. It turns this...
When you visit YouTube you will see this bar at the top of your screen. You can turn this filter on or off by clicking in the checkbox. It will need to be off to use the next extension.
YouTube Downloader allows you to download videos from YouTube in a variety of formats. You can use this to download videos at home and save them to a memory stick so that you can be sure to have a working copy at school the next day. Below your video, you will now see a download button. Click it and choose the format you would like to download to. Keep in mind that iPads can't play FLV files.