If you use Google as your home page; you’re not alone. In fact, more people use Google as their search engine than any other search site, and many people use it as a home page, as well. Upgrading your Google page to Google Chrome will make your web browsing faster as well as give you lots more flexibility because of all the great extensions that are available with Google Chrome. There is a Google Chrome extension for everything imaginable, from hearing a drumbeat, to checking your email to determining what you’re going to do for fun this weekend. Google Chrome extensions are free and easy to download onto your Google page. Check out these 19 Chrome extensions that are great for educators.

  1. Google Mail Checker: Being able to check your email right on Google is such a timesaver. This Chrome extension allows you to automatically link to your email account to check for new mail quickly and easily. There are soon to be upgrades that will let you check more than one email account this way.
  2. Shareaholic: Quickly share web pages and the articles on them with family, friends and colleagues. You can even share upcoming events like seminars by simply sending the page with information about the event to those you think would be interested in attending.
  3. Faraday’s Book: This Google Chrome extension allows you to post to your Faraday’s Book account quickly and easily.Just post your update on this extension and it goes right to Faraday with the push of a button. Faraday’s Book is a great way to save retrieve and view notes. Each word in a note is a tag/keyword. Using this approach allows you quick and easy notes management by using meaningful words in your notes.
  4. Google Map: Google Maps lets you have your Google map open in one window without changing losing the other website you’re browsing. Finding directions and even sending the map with directions has never been easier.
  5. Fastest Tube: You Tube videos are often great teaching tools. This app makes finding and bookmarking You Tube videos for use in the classroom a breeze.
  6. Autopager: Autopager allows you to automatically load the next page of a site in line when you get to the end of the first page. It’s a real time saver when you’re reading through a lot of material.
  7. Daily Favorites: This extension loads your frequently visited pages quickly with the touch of a button. No longer will you have to constantly reload those pages that you visit every day. They’ll be right there in a simple list so that you can get to them with one click.
  8. Yoono:Get to all your social networking sites: Twitter, Facebook, Friendface, MySpace, Flickr and Linked In more quickly using Yoono.
  9. ScribeFire: Got a blog? ScribeFire is a great way to post to all your blogs quickly and easily. It is compatible with almost every blogging software.
  10. RSS Subscription Extension: Get your subscriptions via RSS feed quickly and easily with this extension. Monitoring your favorite blogs and websites has never been easier.
  11. Apture Highlights: This is a great tool for doing research for papers or lesson plans. Simply highlight a word or phrase and get instant access to Wikipedia or Twitter or You Tube to help you learn more about the text you highlighted.
  12. Pixlr Grabber: This app takes the work out of grabbing screenshots from the web and sharing them. You can take part or all of the screen and you can edit, too.
  13. AdBlock: This is a critical application for blocking pop up ads. Not only is it great from the annoyance standpoint, but it also helps improve your computer’s security.
  14. Web to PDF Converter: Convert any web page to a PDF file quickly and easily.
  15. Split Screen: Split your view between two different web pages with this extension. It’s perfect for comparing material when you’re researching lesson plans.
  16. Google URL Shortener: Shorten long URL addresses into something more manageable for sending to your colleagues.
  17. Symtica: This extension can manage all those applications you’re using, like Gmail, RSS feeds,etc. It takes the pain out of having a lot of applications.
  18. Web of Trust: This quick ad on lets you know which websites you can trust, and keeps your browsing safe. The sites are rated by users.
  19. Last Pass: This is a great password manager and form filler tool. It keeps track of all your passwords for you and fills out forms with your info.

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