Education technology tools have been a great help for teachers to enhance the student’s’ learning experience. But with a lot of apps released in the market, it seems almost impossible to keep up with all of them. There are tons of apps to explore that can surely make a tremendous effect on students learning. And I listed here some of the best Google Chrome add-ons for English teachers to use in the classroom that will certainly make a big difference.
Reading and Research
You can save whatever you found while browsing online like articles, videos, and web pages by simply clicking the “Pocket” extension so all your content is stored in one place. It will automatically sync to your other devices and you can view it anytime even when you are offline. You can add tags. The app will also recommend related pages once you save a link to Pocket.
A Google Chrome extension used to annotate, archive, and bookmark web pages. You can access it anywhere via iPhone, iPad, or Android devices for later reading. Once you bookmark an article, you have the option to highlight and add sticky notes to keep track of the important points.
You can automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles for your bibliography. Any article you find while browsing the web can be cited by just a click of a button.
Newsela is a reading tool that improves students literacy through current events articles from reputable news organizations. Each article can be read in five different reading levels, whichever is most useful to match student’s capacity. It also has built-in assessments to improve critical thinking skills and measure student progress.
Grammar and Vocabulary
Grammarly is the leading automated proofreader. It is an online grammar, punctuation mark, and spelling checker to improve communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. It ensures that everything you type is free of errors, and it enhances your writing.
You can easily view definitions while browsing the web by double-clicking any word. Foreign words are also automatically translated into your preferred language. This app also supports other dictionaries like Spanish, French, Italian, and more.
This free educational program will assist students with learning and improve their typing speed by practicing the lessons provided in the app.
It is a typewriter training app to improve typing skills in a game-like manner. Typing Scout has four customizable games you can choose from.
It provides support tools while browsing the web or accessing files like Google Docs, PDF, ePUB, and Kes to make it more accessible for students with learning difficulties, dyslexia, or ELL/ESL. Read&Write helps students gain confidence and engage with digital content that will fit their learning capacity and style.
This Google Doc add-on will allow you to write your documents through speech recognition and to practice speaking a foreign language.
A Google Doc add-on that allows teachers automatically insert a rubric within a student’s document. You can choose from pre-existing categories or customize on your own, grade students work, and return the document to your student with your feedback.
This extension works with the Doctopus Add-on for Google Sheets to assess students work. Teachers can attach their own rubric from a separate spreadsheet, and grade your students work and give written and audio comments. then it will be emailed back to your students.
Additional Apps & Extensions
Allows students to create a word cloud in Chrome from any text or Google Drive file to see the frequency of a word. This will help in noticing which words are being used often. The larger the word is in the word cloud, the more frequent it is being used.
The extension allows teachers to share web pages with all the students in a class using the Chrome browser.
Any apps you think I have missed in this list? Add them in the comments section below.