Why I Love Google Chrome

I have so enjoyed sharing with everyone what I have learned about using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) in the classroom. Through this process, I have also finished taking the tests and have achieved my Google Qualified Individual status. Next step, Google Education Trainer! Well it is time for the last post of our Teacher Training Bootcamp Google series. This time I wanted to share what I have learned about Google Chrome and why it is my web browser of choice.

I have been using Google Chrome now for about two years. If you don’t have Chrome downloaded on your computer you can do so right here. I love it because I have several Gmail accounts and prefer the ability to move from one account to another with just a click of a button. In Chrome, there is a menu button in the top right-hand corner. This is where you can find the settings. In the settings, there is a place to add new users. Just add your other Gmail accounts and choose a picture. Notice the white picture above the menu button. When clicked, the different Gmail accounts added will appear. Click on the account needed to open a new window. It is super easy to toggle back and forth from one account to the next.

Another reason why I love Google Chrome is the user can download extensions from the Chrome Web store. Extensions are extra features and functionality you can easily add to Google Chrome. This allows you to customize the user experience when searching the web with Chrome. To get extensions, first go to the Chrome Web Store. On the left-hand side you will see extensions. Click to search extensions that might be of interest to you. Some of my favorite are:
Dot ePub – Turn any webpage into an ePub. I use this when I want to turn online articles to read on my eReaders or have students read them on theirs.
Evernote Web and Web Clipper – If you use Evernote than these two extensions are for you. With Evernote Web, the user can create and synchronize notes across devices. While the web clipper, will allow the user to save things from the web to the Evernote notebook.
Eye Dropper – This is one of my favorite extensions. I use this all the time in my design work. This nifty tool allows me to click colors on the web and it gives me the hex#. I can use this number in Photoshop, Illustrator, or other drawing tools to match colors. 
Tab Glue and Tab Scissors – Use the tab scissors to split your browsing screen. Great for multi-tasking. When done, click on the tab glue to put the screen back together.
Clearly – Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. You can also save them to Evernote in order to read later.
Adblock – Get rid of the unwanted adds with the Adblock extension. This would be a great extension to add for anyone with Chromebooks in the classroom.
Google URL Shortener – The Google shortener is my favorite of all shorteners. I especially like it for younger students because it is easier for little ones to type the URL in the omnibox vs. using other shorteners.
There are even more reason why I love Chrome but I will let you explore Chrome for yourself. The only drawback to using Chrome is the size of the download file. In our schools, we ended up having to delete the Chrome browser because it bogged down our computers. However, our computers are ancient! 
So have you ever used Chrome? I’d love to hear what you like about this browser. 
I am always on the lookout for new features. 
Hope everyone is enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. 
Get some rest and relax with your family!

Comments

  1. says

    It is really good creative blog and in my opinion I also olo9ve the Google Chrome because of the functionality with simplicity in design and wish Google to give more such kind of creative things in near future.
    talking to design ideas I think it is good to hire web designer.

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