Working from home is now the ‘new’ normal that will last for the foreseeable future. As the virtual world is taking centre stage in our professional lives, we, teachers and educators, need to be equipped with the necessary know-how that can enable us to do our jobs in the most effective manner possible. Distance Education section here in edTech and mLearning features some important resources that can help you in this regard.
Today’s post adds another equally interesting resource to this section. Below are Chrome extensions we have meticulously selected for you from Chrome Web Store (mostly from Work from Home page) to foster your at-home work experience. Using these extensions you will be able to: conduct video conferences, reduce distraction by blocking sites and apps you don’t need, boost your productivity using Pomodoro time management technique, sign documents online, edit your Google Drive documents offline, share materials to Google Classroom and many more.
“The Zoom Chrome Extension allows participants to schedule Zoom cloud meetings directly from Google Calendar. With the click of a button, you can start an instant meeting or schedule a future meeting. The meeting URL and information is sent via a Google Calendar invitation so the attendee can join with a single-click”
“BlockSite is considered an awesome self control app to regain time control as it enables you to control your browsing content by blocking apps and sites when you need to keep focused.”
3- Focus To-Do
“It brings Pomodoro Technique and To Do List into one place, you can capture and organize tasks into your todo lists, start focus timer and focus on work and study, set reminders for important tasks and errands, check the time spent at work.”
“Add your signature to PDF email attachments. Send docs for signature directly from Gmail, Drive, and the Chrome browser”
5- Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides
“View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files — without needing Office installed on your computer. “
“Google Classroom Teachers: Save time and create a more interactive class with the Share to Classroom extension. The extension allows you to push webpages to any of your Classroom classes, so they open instantly on your students’ computers. With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably every time. You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later.”
“This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save 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.”
8- Print Friendly
“Print Friendly removes ads, navigation and junk before your print. Pages are optimized for the ultimate print reading experience.”
9- Dark Reader
“Dark mode for every website. Take care of your eyes, use dark theme for night and daily browsing. This eye-care extension enables night mode creating dark themes for websites on the fly. Dark Reader inverts bright colours making them high contrast and easy to read at night.”