Draftback – Play back your Google Docs

Draftback is a Chrome Extension that allows you to play back a Google Doc as if you were recording a video of all of the edits.   This simple Chrome Extension will allow a writer, or someone who is helping to give feedback to a writer, to view their writing process and see the flow…

Use Snagit for Chrome to Create Animated Gifs

I end up creating a lot of tip sheets and tutorials for teachers and students.  Sometimes those require long explanations which are better solved using video but sometimes all I need is a 20 second clip or shorter.  For those shorter cases, I just use Snagit for Chrome to capture a quick video and turn…

Prepare Tweetdeck for #ISTE2014 – Filtering Spam

If you are like me and you will be using Tweetdeck in the Chrome browser as your main way of accessing Twitter for the ISTE conference next week, you can easily remove those spam tweets that will pop up.  You can set up filtering options in a search column to remove the key words that…

Making My Own Chrome Extension

I was trying to be proactive and start working on a big paper for my Masters class early the other day and of course, I got distracted.  I started thinking about how I could make it easier for people to search through my tech tips and tutorials to find what they are looking for.  For…

Copy Text From Images – Naptha

Copying text from an image or a PDF can be a hassle and not possible most of the time, unless you are using a Chrome Extension called Naptha.  (More info = http://projectnaptha.com/)  Install the extension and you can now easily copy text from an image or a PDF and then copy it into a document.  Watch the video…

MakeGIF – Convert YouTube Clip to a GIF

Using video to give directions or to explain something can be really useful in a classroom.  However, you may not always have the bandwidth or time to deal with a video, especially if you only want a small clip of that full video.  The Google Chrome extension MakeGIF can convert a section of a YouTube…

Google Chrome Extensions Part 3

This set of Chrome Extensions will focus on those tools that are helpful when a teacher is busy grading online documents and other activities.  Each of these can help in this process which was been indicated by others as being a challenge with the switch to a more blended environment.     1.  Split Screen…

Google Chrome Extensions Part 2

Going over the second half of the Google Chrome Extensions I am currently using.  All of these get used on a regular basis or often enough that they earned their space.  It is important to note that it is easy to install a Chrome Extension and just as easy to delete it.  Try out the…

Google Chrome Extensions Part 1

Chrome Extensions can make your life simpler or allow you to do things you hadn’t thought of before.  Why do things the slow way when the push of a button can do things for you instantly.  For part 1 I will go over some of the extensions I am currently using. 1.  Google Mail Checker…