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Going Incognito in Google Chrome


Throughout the course of a school day, I am away from my computer so much that I end up logging in to other computers. But, how do I do that with someone else logged in? The one tool that I use most often is the Incognito Mode in Google Chrome. It's a simple web browser that doesn't track your history or cookies and allows for safe browsing. However, there are several uses of this browser mode for teachers in the classroom as well.

How do I open an Incognito Window?

There are a few ways to get to an Incognito window, but the easiest is by using the three horizontal lines or three vertical dots (More Actions button) in the upper right hand corner of the Chrome screen. Once clicked, there's an option for a "New Incognito Window," which will open a new window. Or, if you're on a website in Chrome, you can right-click a link and select the option to "Open Link in an Incognito Window."

Student Presentations

A few weeks ago, I observed several students giving a presentation in a classroom. However, after each one, they had to make sure they logged out of their Drive, closed out of the window, and then went to "Add Another Account" to continue on with the presentations. However, an Incognito Window would be an excellent solution for this process. All the students would have to do in this case is to log out and then let the next student or group log in.

Verifying Links

Often times teachers create websites and Google Forms to be shown to parents. Or, they simply create a Google Slides presentation and Publish it to the Web. But, all too often, we create it and go preview it a few times, but never really view it from the opposite side. An Incognito Window can assist with this. Having a secure browser to view these on would guarantee a professional looking publication on the web each time.

Verifying Student Work

Similar to verifying links, it's always nice to see what students are seeing on their Google Classroom screen. If a student presents an issue or confusion about navigation, open an Incognito window, have them log in and show you, all while your account is logged in. These windows could even be viewed simultaneously, making the experience easier on both the teacher and the student, and the problem solving manageable.

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