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

by Sara Qualls

It’s hard for me to believe that 2021 is nearly over. This year will be behind us before we know it! Whether you are saying “good riddance” or enjoyed slowly stepping out into a “new normal,” my hope for you is that you intentionally create little moments of appreciation in your life. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” With that being said, let’s jump right into some extensions and sites that might help you get more out of life.

Chrome Extensions to Try

Custom Cursor for Chrome. This one isn’t new, and there are plenty of extensions just like it. I like to switch up my cursor each month. For November, I chose a slice of pumpkin pie to act as my cursor. You can also upload images to create your own cursor. If you really want your students to pay attention to the content you’re displaying, you could make your cursor your own face, for example.

Gratitude. If you like to journal or just want to create a little more gratitude in your life, this is a quick and easy way to accomplish that. Just add to a list of things you are thankful for each time you open a new tab. With every tab you open, you type in something you are thankful for. Gratitude remembers it, and it’s there the next time you open a new tab. Pretty soon, you’ll have a huge list of all the little things you are grateful for in your life.

Gratitude Extension

Chrome Piano. What better time than the holidays to show off your musical skills? Don’t worry, though. With this extension, no musical talent is needed. This handy extension turns your browser into a piano. In no time, you’ll be creating music with your keyboard and mouse.

My Quotes New Tab. I’m a big fan of quotes because every single person has a different walk in life. I love to laugh, be inspired, and think deeper about another’s interpretation of life. My Quotes New Tab will drop pearls of wisdom into every new tab opened. Plus, it will let you customize each tab into a dashboard of sorts where you can create to-do lists, see the weather forecast, and more.

Teleparty. Formally known as Netflix Party, this extension is a great way to stay connected to friends and family without leaving your home. It allows you to watch Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and HBO in sync with other viewers. Now you can recite every word of your favorite movie whether your bestie is near or far. With my son off at college, this is our solution to keeping our tradition of watching The Elf as we (..ahem…I) decorate the tree.

Must-Visit Websites

Find the Invisible Cow. Make sure you have your audio on for this one. Think of it as Where’s Waldo, but in audio style. The voice will get louder and faster the closer you move your cursor to the invisible cow. You’ll either love me or hate me for this one!

Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. You might be thinking, easy as pecan pie! But this is a tougher challenge than most realize. The website will put a timer on the screen where you have to do nothing for that entire duration. Take two minutes out of your day to breathe and relax.

The Useless Web. If you find yourself wanting to do anything else but grade papers over the Thanksgiving break, head over to The Useless Web. It will take you to random websites designed to help you procrastinate. On my first attempt, it took me to Always Judge a Book by its Cover.

As always, please sound off in the comments and share other extensions and sites that I should check out. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Peggy Reimers November 20, 2021 - 1:42 pm

I checked out the Invisible Cow – you are right, Sara. I’m not sure if I LOVE it or HATE it! But you should definitely give it a go. Moo!


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