Six top tools for a Chromebook classroom

Who would have thought Chromebooks would have lasted for such a long time. When they first were launched they were largely ridiculed but ten years on, and they hugely dominate the education space, particularly in the US as the devices for choice. Bring on the pandemic and for a multitude of reasons, largely down to their relatively low price point, Chromebooks have (not literally) exploded in terms of their adoption and usage.  

Therefore, with this day marking the tenth anniversary of the humble Chromebook we are delighted to share with you six of our favorite tools for teaching and learning whilst using a Chromebook! 

Forgetting the great tools that come from Google such as Docs, Jamboard, Meet, Slides, Gmail, Calendar among many others, in this post we explore some great third-party apps that are superb for supporting a variety of teaching and learning activities. 

 

Mote 

Exploding on to the #edtech scene in the last 12 months, this versatile extension for Chrome works directly inside Google Slides, Docs, Sheets and Classroom and allows you to leave audio comments and feedback on these different tools. A complete timesaver that promotes inclusion, accessibility and reducing workload, Mote is a must-have tool for the savvy educator looking to make the most of their Chromebook.

Learn more about it and get the extension via https://www.justmote.me/  

Classroom.cloud 

Who doesn’t love a focused classroom, children busy with the noise of learning, engaging in activities, on different websites, undertaking digital work, creating digital content and learning artefacts – it’s great. The difficult part of all of this as a teacher is keeping socially distant while being able to still see all the amazing learning that is taking place in your classroom, whether or not those students are physically or digitally present. Enter classroom.cloud, the leading online classroom management solution to ensure you can not just see what your learners are doing, but share their work with the rest of the class, curate peer feedback, lock learners into specific apps, tools, web pages and more. So much time can be lost when working with technology in the classroom (in-school or remotely) but with classroom.cloud that isn’t the case.

Learn more about this fantastic solution at https://classroom.cloud/chrome   

Autoscroll 

Whilst this particular tool won’t transform teaching and learning it is a super useful tool to have in your Chromebook arsenal of tools. What it will do is automatically scroll a PDF that you’ve added to it which makes it perfect for reading music as you’re performing, reading content as you’re recording to camera and lots of other simple but effective activities.  

Learn more about it and access the extension by visiting: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/autoscroll/occjjkgifpmdgodlplnacmkejpdionan 

WriQ from TextHelp

WriQ is a tool which promotes writing achievement that assesses and motivates student writing, giving clear visibility of progress over time and delivering a standardized benchmark for grading. It also gamifies this process so that learners are inspired and motivated to not only improve their writing but to write more too! 

Learn more about it and access the extension by visiting: https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/wriq/  

Use Immersive Reader (unofficial) 

Immersive reader is a fantastic tool, designed for accessibility, but promotes good reading habits and language learning support for all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on Chrome, unless of course you use this fantastic unofficial version of the tool. It works just like the Immersive Reader you probably already know and love but just in your Chrome browser. 

You can learn more about it and access the extension by visiting: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/use-immersive-reader-on-w/fmidkjgknpkbmninbmklhcgaalfalbdh  

Adobe Spark 

One of my absolute favorite tools to enter the #edtech space in recent years is the brilliant Adobe Spark. Comprising of three fantastic and creative apps to support the creation of teaching resources and creative learning activities, Spark Post, Page and Video can help you in your role of teaching and learners in their role of learning in so many ways. If you’d like to look at some of the ways in which it can be used have a look at some of my previous blogs on the tool. 

Learn more about it directly from Adobe themselves and access the platform by visiting: spark.adobe.com  

We hope you found this article useful – if you have other amazing tools you’d recommend for a Chromebook, why not drop us a line on Twitter at @NetSupportGroup and get involved with the conversation!  

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