iTRT Technology Spotlight

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New Year's Technology Resolutions

Do you have any New Year's Technology Resolutions?

If so, contact your iTRTs! We would love to kick off 2015 with some fresh tech ideas!

Have an ol'project that could be refreshed with technology?

Interested in Google tools?

Looking for a way to embed these tools into your classroom instruction?

We've got ideas for that!

To use Chrome, or not to use Chrome, that is the question.

You may have noticed that your computers all have the Google Chrome web browser. Many have asked, "Should I be using Chrome? Or can I keep using Safari?" Technically, you can use either one, but you may want to give Chrome a shot! First of all, students are asked to sign into Chrome. It forces our students to learn their google sign in and password. It also holds their book marks, search history, and they can automatically save into their google tools (docs/drive).

Google Chrome is fast, secure, and simple to use.

Google Chrome allows you, and your students, to access apps and extensions that will reinforce instruction and improve learning.

What are Google Apps and Extensions? See below!

What are Chrome apps and extensions?

Apps are self contained programs that can be "downloaded" for a specific purpose. You can locate your apps using the app button on the Chrome browser.

Apps have the following advantages over desktop software programs:

  • Apps install in seconds. You don’t even have to restart your browser or computer to start using them.
  • Your apps are always available. No matter what computer you’re using, you can always access your apps.
  • Apps are always up-to-date. Because apps are hosted on the web, you don't have to worry about updating to the latest version.
  • Apps won’t crash your computer. If you’re having trouble with an app, just close its tab in the browser. Your browser and computer won’t be affected.

An extension is a small software program that can enhance and modify the functionality of the Chrome browser. Extensions can be located on the Chrome browser window in the upper right hand corner. The extensions are symbolized with icons (like the ones seen above).

Cool Apps and Extensions!

There are many! Too many to name! Here we will spotlight several:


Readability: Readability zaps clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view. IT provides a better way to read online, turning any web page into a comfortable reading view right in your web browser.

Too Long, Didn't Read: TLDR creates a summary of any web article without leaving the original page. TLDR provides a streamlined way to get a condensed synopsis of news, posts, and other online articles for easy reading.

Apps: Check these out: Spelling City, BUILD, Realtime Board, PowToon, and Google Classroom.

Want to get an app or extension on all your students' Chrome browsers? Email Gary Cimorelli!

Watch the video below to see three helpful extensions in action!