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My New Favorite Chrome Extensions

Before this morning, I had 43 Chrome Extensions installed in my browser. After listening to Stacy Behmer at the Great Plains Google Summit, I’ve upped that number to 48.

Without further ado, here they are:

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Google Docs Quick Create

Google Docs Quick Create During the school year, I can’t count how many Google Docs I make in a given day. And every time, I have to spend countless seconds finding my Drive tab or opening it from my bookmarks, then wait for it to load. (OK, so maybe 8-10 seconds.) However, I can click this extension, and a dropdown menu of the different doc types drops down. I click on one, and I’m done: a brand new doc/sheet/form/drawing appears before me. Maybe it’s not a huge timesaver for occasional use, but for someone who makes a dozen or so docs a day, it adds up!

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Note Anywhere

Note AnywhereMore than once, I’ve wished I had virtual sticky notes to put on a website, just as I would a hard copy of an article. Now I do with Note Anywhere! Close the website, come back to it later, and the sticky notes are still there where you left them.

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Google Cast

Google CastI haven’t had a chance to play with this yet, but I’ve been so excited for it since Google announced it at ISTE last month! This extension allows students (with teacher authorization) to project their screen onto a television or screen, cutting out the need for other apps or gadgets to make this happen. Major time saver and a great way to allow students to share the stage.


Google Dictionary

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Google DictionaryThis is one I’ll highly encourage my students to install! If you don’t recognize a word you’re reading, just double-click on it. A small window opens with the definition! Looking up a definition has NEVER been this easy!!

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Make a GIF

Make a GIFThis summer, I’ve fallen in love with GIFs. With this extension, I can make my own GIFs by recording a video on my computer or using a YouTube video. If I’m feeling lazy, I can search for already made GIFs through this extension. It’s great for adding humor, but I’ve also recorded myself demonstrating something on my computer and then adding them to Twitter posts.

If there’s a new one out there that I MUST try, post it below! I’m always on the lookout for great new extensions!!



  1. I love using my Google Chromecast to cast information!

    • Melissa Pilakowski

      July 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Good to hear! I’m so excited to start playing with it when our new Chromebooks come in!

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