Chrome Extensions of the Week- Week of Nov. 2nd

What are Chrome extensions and why should I try them?

1. Chrome extensions are an excellent way to extend the functionality of your Chrome web browser.
2. Extensions can be accessed and added to Chrome through the Chrome Web Store.
3. Extensions are FREE and do not require IT support.
4. Extensions can be easily enabled and disabled through your Chrome settings.

Please contact me at the Help Desk at extension1936 or book an appointment with me at jscheffer.youcanbook.me if you would like additional assistance using Chrome Extensions. You can can also check out my BPS Con presentation: Level Up Your Chromebook with the Chrome Web Store, Apps, & Extensions.

This week we’re recommending 3 extensions:

Google Voice

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You can create a custom Google Voice number to share with students and parents, especially handy for parent-teacher conference season! With the Google Voice extension you’ll be able to make calls, send SMS, preview messages in your inbox and receive notifications of new messages. One of the best features of Google Voice is receiving a transcript of the message.

Google Phone to Chrome Extension

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While there are many students and teachers with iPhones, there are quite a few with Android devices as well. The Chrome to Phone extension allows Android users to instantly and seamlessly send links, maps, phone numbers and more from Chrome directly to their Android device. Note that you will need to also install the Chrome to Phone application on your Android device in order for this extension to work.

Google Tone

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Give a “shout out” to an near by computer using the Google Tone extension. Here’s how it works: your microphone will be turned on by Tone and will use your computer’s speakers to exchange URL’s between any computer within ear shot that also has the Tone extension installed. Tone may not work in loud spaces or over a weak network, however it is a quick and easy way to share videos, blog posts, even search results between two or more devices. If you use a Chromebook (which many BPS teachers do) definitely give Google Tone a try!

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