So first of all, I love Google Apps for so many reasons. For those of you that are not familiar with Google Apps, I have explained below a bit what they are:
Google Chrome store:
Overview, What are Apps and Extensions for Google Chrome?
So for those of you who are first time users to Apps and Extensions here is a bit about them. Apps and Extensions for Google Chrome are online software that work off of your chrome browser. They are fun and easy to use. There are many Apps and Extensions that could be used in your classroom. One huge benefit is a majority of Apps and Extensions in Google are free!
The Apps are extremely interactive and virtual so they can be accessed anywhere with a device, internet and your cloud or google account.
How to use Apps and Extensions:
To use these, you must be signed into your cloud system or Gmail account. The Extensions and Apps work and save with whatever Google account you are signed into. You must also have a Google Chrome browser for these to work.
Video on Google Apps and Extension overview:
Legend (This will refer to if it is an App or Extension):
EXT: Extensions (run off to the side and with your browser)
APPS: Apps (work within Chromebrowser but are a separate application)
All Apps and Extensions are free unless ** are added.
Here are some Google Apps and Extensions that Rock my work, keep me organize and just help me with everyday tasks:
Kaizena allows you to import PDF and Google Docs into this Apps. Then you have all these amazing tools like highlighters, recorder, comments and collaborate. One use of Kaizena is you could use the recording feature for a person who struggles with writing but is great orally for oral test.
Speech Logger APPS
Speech Logger is a powerful speech to text app. There are a few different speech to text app in the Google Chrome store, this one is by far my favourite and most accurate to recognizing your voice. You can start using this app with no voice training. It is quick and easy to start up. Ideal for people who are oral learner or verbally express their thoughts more fluently compared to typing. I am doing courses online part time and Speech Logger is great for essay writing and quick jot notes.
Symphonical gives you the ability to have a virtual whiteboard online and you can easily collaborate with others.
This is a graphic organizer app. This is the only Google graphic organizer app I found that has the outline feature and allows you to export your map to text.
Cite This For Me APPS/ EXT
Great for older students in high school to learn how to do APA referencing if you plan to go off to post secondary. Create APA bios in a snap.
TLDR (Too long didn't read) EXT
The TLDR app will allow you to summarize long websites easily. Great tool for showing examples if you are teaching how to summarize.
Tab scissors EXT
Split screen your tabs. Great for research activities, comprehension stories, etc.
Allows you to save websites straight to your google drive, and to open within Read and Write. Or Allows you to save websites as PDFs to your computer, to open in Kurzweil. Can save a load of printing pages of information.
With Evernote, you can organize everything from any device (computer, tablet, mobile device, etc.) Create notes, checklist, picture notes, etc. Great tool. I was the kid when you pulled out my binder or backpack I had papers and handouts everywhere. Evernote truly organizes my life. I love this app so much.
Merge PDFs APPS https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/merge-pdf-smallpdfcom/nbhibnjbbdkflfklbdpgbifkhcielgcm/reviews?hl=en
If you don’t have the capability to scan a document into one PDF or separate PDFs you want to merge, this is the app for you. I ran into this issue because my scanner was acting up and this app saved me so much space and effort.
App Jump APPS
You can easily and quickly open apps in a snap.