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Google Chrome Extensions and Apps

Google Chrome Extensions and Apps That Are Useful

AdBlockBlocks YouTube, Facebook and ads everywhere else on the web. AdBlock works automatically.  Choose to continue seeing unobtrusive ads, whitelist your favorite sites, or block all ads by default.
Cite This For Me: Web CiterProperly attributing online articles and research can be a pain for students and writers. Cite This For Me comes to the rescue with a browser extension that allows you to quickly create a properly formatted website citation for the APA, Chicago, MLA, and Harvard citation styles, which you can easily save or copy to the clipboard for use in your documents.
DraftbackDraftback lets you play back the revision history of any Google Doc you have access to edit.  It's like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write.
EquatIOEquatio makes math digital, helping teachers and students at all levels create math expressions quickly and easily. Type, handwrite or dictate virtually any mathematical expression directly on your keyboard or touch screen.
Extensions Manager (aka Switcher)This is a tool that allows the user to enable, disable, or uninstall extensions quickly and easily.  Most useful for people who have a large number of extensions installed.
Fluency TutorGreat for time-stretched teachers.  Makes reading aloud more fun for students who need extra support.  Helps struggling and reluctant readers, as well as students learning English as a second language.  Fluency Tutor lets students record themselves reading and share with the teacher, away from the pressures of reading aloud in the classroom environment.
G Suite TrainingOffers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite (formerly Google Apps).  Whether you're in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions all at the same time.
Go Back with BackspaceThis extension re-enables the backspace key as a back navigation button in the browser – except if you are writing text.
Google DictionaryWhat does "schadenfreude" mean again? With the Google Dictionary extension installed, double-click on a word on a Web page, and the definition instantly pops-up. These pop-ups can also translate foreign text into your default language or provide links to more detailed definitions from resources like Wikipedia.
Google HangoutsUse Hangouts to keep in touch.  Message friends, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group of people.
Google KeepFound a webpage, image, or quote that ou want to save for later? With Google Keep you can easily save the things you care about and have them synced across all of the platforms that you use.
Google TranslateWhile Google Translate is already an excellent Web service for translating snippets of text to and from languages, the addition of a Chrome extension allows you to translate entire pages with a toolbar button. The extension automatically detects whether the site you're on uses a different language from your Chrome default, and can offer to translate it automatically. Users can also easily translate snippets of text, as well as listen to the proper pronunciation of translated words and phrases.
Hover ZoomHover Zoom is a helpful little extension that zooms in on pictures that you hover over. Easily navigate through image galleries by just hovering over a thumbnail to view the full picture. No more messing with new image tabs or loading new pages. Large images are automatically resized to fit your screen.
Mercury ReaderThe mercury Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site.
MightyTextMightyText brings your Android smartphone and computer closer together, allowing you to sync your SMS messages and notifications from your phone to your desktop. Users can send and receive SMS and MMS messages from their desktop, sync photos and videos and receive low battery notifications for your smartphone. Users will need to install the MightyText app on their phone, as well as on Chrome.
Note AnywhereOn any page, create a customizable post-it with important notes that you can place anywhere on the page.  When you leave the page and revisit at a later time, your notes are still there.
Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & SlidesView and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without needing Office installed on your computer.  Office files that you drag in to chrome, open in Gmail, or open in Google Drive, will open in Docs, Sheets, and Slides for viewing and editing.
ScreencastifyAn easy way to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen captures.  Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button.  The free versions limits recording time to 10 min. per video, has a watermark, 50 vides per month, and has certain features turned off like mp4 export and editing tools.
Scrible ToolbarAllows a user to annotate, tag and share online articles and webpages.  Annotate with multiple styles and colors to flag critical information.  Capture insights by adding sticky notes that anchor to particular parts of articles… and much more.
Spell Checker and Grammar CheckerMost expression on the Web is written, Ginger goes beyond merely spell-checking by providing a grammar-check as well. Potential errors appear marked with underlines, just as they're indicated in popular word processing applications such as Microsoft Word. Users just have to right-click on marked words and select a suggested correction.
StayFocusdStayFocusd is a godsend for users who fritter away their time instead of working. Users can set themselves a time allowance for particular sites and time-wasters, such as social networks, feed readers or TVTropes, and once you've hit that limit, StayFocusd blocks access. The extension is highly configurable, allowing you to block access to a particular list, restrict access to everything except an approved list or even block access to all websites.
TinEye Reverse Image SearchSimilar to Search by Image from Google, TinEye finds other versions of a selected image. Find out where else an image has been used or locate higher resolution versions. Simple reverse image search is just a right-click away.
Web of TrustWeb of Trust is a crowd-sourced browser add-on that rates websites with a color-coded symbol based on a site's trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety. While any reliable Internet security and antivirus suite can protect you against malware, Web of Trust gives you an extra layer of defense by allowing you to gauge a link's reliability based on the experience of other users worldwide.
Wikiwand: Wikipedia MondernizedAn interface that optimizes Wikipedia's content for a quicker and significantly improved reading experience that includes a table of contents.  Can be turned into simple English for younger students.
WOT: Web of TrustWOT protects you while you browse, warning you when you visit dangerous sites, scams, malware, phishing, rogue web stores, dangerous links, and more.