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Favourite Chrome Extensions

When it comes to using Chrome (now my default browser on my Mac), extensions are what makes it my preference. In my one to one laptop class I have directed all boys to use it also. The main reasons are a couple of extensions and use with Google Apps.

Extensions that we/I use
Chrome extensions
Comment Save: Saves copies of comments made on websites. Great to see what pupils are posting and to see the progress made in their commenting on other peoples work.
Watch Doc: Watch all the docs you are subscribed to/have been shared or have created and see which have been updated recently.
Silver Bird: Still works with being able to post to Twitter and to catch up on your latest news
Feedly: Feedly is a news reader for creative minds. Seamless migration from Google Reader. Read RSS feeds.
Awesome new Tab Page: Enhance your New Tab Page with ultimate customizability and power.
Google Drive Quick Search: Search your google Drive from your search bar

Some I turn on and use every now and then
Bookmark Sentry: Scan for duplicate and bad links in your favourites/favourites/bookmarks
OpenDyslexic: A font that makes it easier for those with Dyslexia to read a page.

Great compared to other browsers:
  • Extensions
  • Compatibility with Google Apps
  • Ability to sync easily across desktop Chrome and mobile Chrome.
Not so Great:
  • Only a 32 bit browser
  • Slightly slower than Safari now
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Search Google as a Timeline

With topics that have time sensitivity or require you to search via periods of time then the Google Advanced search via timeline may be just the thing you need. Results are presented as a clickable timeline, Search results can be over time or focused on a certain time.
Better still perform the same search heaps faster by using Alfred as a quick way to launch searches on a Mac.

Google Search with Reading Ages

Have you tried the advanced search where Google can now give you reading ages? Click on the advanced tab in Google search and go for it. Use the links by the reading ages at the top of the page to select the reading level. Some topics seem to respond better than others.
Better still, place this type of search in "Alfred" a mac search utility and supercharge (make easier) all the different websites (including Google Reading levels).

Creating Bookmarks and Folders in Safari

A few visual tips on being organised with bookmarks/favourites/favorites. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

All Internet browsers (Firefox, Chrome etc.) allow you to do something similar.... so if you are using a different browser then use these ideas to figure out how your browser works with bookmarks.

Best Reference Sites

Always look for 3 sites to cross-check information, especially if you do not use one of the commercial encyclopaedias. Be fair in your use (quote and reference your sources) and look for released information that you can use.
  1. Creative Commons Search (Images and Information) 
  2. Te Ara NZ Encyclopaedia
  3. Wikipedia (Check your information against other sites as it is a Wiki) 
  4. Britannica K8 Online Encyclopaedia (your teacher has passwords) 
  5. All other Epic Databases (your teacher has passwords) 
  6. Google Search choosing good key words 

For those with a mac you can put searching in the fast lane by working out how to use Alfred (a freeware software search engine installed on your harddrive or downloadable here)

Using Medbury Delicious

We have created a bookmarked collection online of screened sites that will help pupils, parents and staff locate rated resources with comments. These have been screened. Here is a tip sheet on how to use it. [View]

How big is the Internet

This image from onlineinternet says quite a lot! A Day in the Internet
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