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Eight Chrome Extensions and Sites You May Not Know (August 2021)

by Sara Qualls
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In the great state of Texas, we have entered into full back-to-school mode. August signals the use of alarm clocks and having to get back into our “school clothes.” Have we all survived our first week or two back with students in the classroom? Yes? No? Hopefully, everyone is nodding “yes” right about now. Okay, let’s jump right in with this month’s Chrome extensions and site finds.

Chrome Extensions to Try

Sir Links-a-lot This extension isn’t new to the scene, but many are still surprised to learn its benefits. It allows you four options for creating custom-share links to your files with just a few clicks, including Force a Copy links.

Chrome Extensions

Turn Off the Lights Playing a video on a website and don’t want your students to get distracted by the other content around it? Use Turn Off the Lights. Just click on the lamp, and the page will fade to dark, focusing on the video. Hit the lamp button again for the page to return to normal.

Random Student Generator for Google Classroom There are several great random generator tools out there, and here is another one to add to your repertoire. Using the classes already set up in your Google Classroom, this extension allows you to quickly select a random student.

Coffeelings Are you working on self-care this year? Journaling is a great way to do that. If you are anything like me, though, it can be hard to pull out a notebook and try to recall the day that I just survived. With Coffeelings, you can jot down your daily thoughts and track your mood on the go by choosing your roast color. At the end of the week, you’ll be able to quickly see how things went with a glance.

Tetrys Depending on your age, you may recall spending hours playing this simple game of block sorting. Now you can get back in on the action with this extension. Click on the icon and a pop-up appears; but the best part is if you need to walk away, it will remember where you left off.

Must-Visit Websites

Wait But Why If you love to be informed on random topics and want some humor included in the mix, you will love Wait But Why. Almost every week, the creator, Tim Urban, churns out one really ,long but really awesome, article on a topic.

Wait But Why

Some of my favorites are:

Question from my seven-year-old: How many germs would you have to put together to actually be able to see them? What would it look like?

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

Your Life in Weeks

Let me know in the comments what your favorite article is after resurfacing from the rabbit hole this must-visit website will take you down.

The Oregon Trail. If you want to go back to your elementary days and revel in the joys of coming down with dysentery, go back to yesteryear with this throwback to The Oregon Trail. You won’t be disappointed.

Drench. Like the classic Rubik’s Cube, Drench provides a way to test your skills by moving colorful tiles in one 14 x 14 square to make it a solid color. Believe me when I say it’s harder than it sounds.

Did you find any of these extensions or sites useful? Comment to share some of your favorite places on the internet, and let us know what you think of these must-have Chrome extensions and must-see sites.

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Kyle August 31, 2021 - 6:33 pm

Google Classroom Random Name Generator doesn’t seem to be working anymore 🙁

Sara Qualls September 1, 2021 - 8:55 am

Bummer! I’ll email and see if the developer knows what is going on. Thanks for letting me know. It was nice that it was integrated but in the meantime, here are some spinners to use for random generation. https://blog.tcea.org/online-spinner/


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