Approved Chrome Extensions for Students

Approved for Students already (staff can install any extension):

Alice Keeler SlideShot

SlideShot creates a screenshot every minute and saves the image in Google Drive. Choosing finish, the screenshots automatically are imported into a Google Slides presentation. 
One screenshot per slide. Slides presentation can be found in the Google Drive SlideShot folder. Suggestion to use the "Recent" filter in Drive to locate quickly.

Students are able to use this Chrome extension to create a presentation of their work while utilizing web tools. Each slide has room for students to add a text box to explain their thinking and learning. 
Google Classroom users: Students can choose "Add" to add the Slides presentation from Google Drive to their assignment.

Special thanks to Wanda Terral for her support in developing these Chrome extensions.

Bookshare Web Reader





A simple tool for creating stop motion animation sequences using a webcam.

Animation sequences can be saved to a video file in the widely-supported webm format.  Previously-saved videos can be loaded into the app and extended.

New in version 0.11: by popular request, you can now add a soundtrack to your animation.

This is a free, open-source, non-commercial app.  It does not collect any information, and it does not connect to the internet at all.


Co:Writer Universal (Chrome App)

Co:Writer Universal (Extension)

Co:Writer® Universal Extension for Chrome™ helps you write with proper grammar and spelling using topic-specific vocabulary. It integrates with the Chrome™ browser for word prediction and speech recognition just about anywhere you write online including Google Drive™, Microsoft Word, blogs, Learning Management Systems, testing, social networks, and email.

Try it for free and see if it works for you. Pricing and more information can be viewed at 

How Does Co:Writer Work?
As letters are typed, Co:Writer predicts the intended word with a selection of word suggestions using powerful grammar-smart word prediction. These suggestions can be read aloud by moving the cursor over the words. Selecting the intended word places it into the built-in writing document. For feedback while writing (and after writing) built-in text to speech can be used to read letters, words, sentences, and any selected text.  If the microphone is chosen, you can speak and we'll convert your speech into text.  

4+ Million Topic-Specific Dictionaries:
Co:Writer has access to a main prediction dictionary (that includes core words) and Topic Dictionaries (that includes topic specific words).  Co:Writer can access over 4 million topic-specific dictionaries which are activated based on the writing task.

A small sampling of the variety of topic dictionaries:
  ✔ America's Cup
  ✔ Compare and Contrast
  ✔ Dinosaurs
  ✔ Grumpy Cat
  ✔ History of the Peloponnesian War
  ✔ Mahatma Gandhi
  ✔ My Dog
  ✔ Pig Latin
  ✔ SpongeBob SquarePants
  ✔ Tommy (album)
  ✔ Wonders of the World

Spelling Support:
Co:Writer uses Flexspell™ technology to handle the widest range of spelling mistakes including phonetic spelling and inventive spelling errors (letter omissions, word ending omissions, letter reversals, etc).

Examples of how Co:Writer aides with phonetic and/or inventive spelling:

Before Co:Writer:
The blk jargon flu over the bra lfnt. 
R u hpy to ce me? 
I no hw to nor the fone. 

After Co:Writer:
The black dragon flew over the gray elephant.
Are you happy to see me?
I know how to answer the phone.

Grammar Support:
Co:Writer bases its prediction on proper grammar, and uses its understanding of grammar to accurately predict words within the framework of valid sentence structures.  
Examples of how Co:Writer aides with grammar:
Dogs are furry. (noun, verb, adj.) - When you typed d-o, you get plural noun choices
Three very mangy dogs ran down the street. (adj., adv., adj., noun, verb… etc.) - After typing three, very, mangy, you get plural noun choices, then you get plural verb tenses.


Google Calendar

Google Classroom

Google Docs

Google Docs Offline

Google Drawings

Google Drive

Google Forms

Google Keep

Google Read&Write

Google Sheets

Google Slides


Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account, you will start to receive weekly emails with personalized insights and performance stats (one of our most popular new features). Working on a large project, an essay, or a blog post? No sweat. You can create and store all of your documents in your new online editor.

★ Contextual spelling checker
Grammarly detects correctly spelled words used in the wrong context. You can stop worrying about misusing homophones like lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many other commonly confused words.

★ Grammar checker
Grammarly can fix hundreds of complex grammatical errors, including subject-verb agreement, article use, and modifier placement, to name just a few.

★ Trusted by millions of users
Grammarly is trusted by students, writers, business professionals, bloggers, and plenty of people who just want to write better. Grammarly adapts to your needs and writing style, giving you the confidence of mistake-free communication every time you write.

★ Grammarly in the news
Forbes: “Grammarly quickly and easily makes your writing better and makes you sound like a pro, or at least helps you avoid looking like a fool.”
Harvard Business Review: “...good grammar is instrumental in conveying ideas with clarity, professionalism, and precision...Good grammar is simply good business.”
ABC News: “Poor grammar is just as offensive as gross pick-up lines.”

★ Grammarly Premium
If you want to supercharge your writing performance and leave no error unchecked, Grammarly Premium is your answer. Here’s what you can do with Premium:
  ➤ Check for over a hundred additional types of errors
  ➤ Get vocabulary enhancement suggestions
  ➤ Detect plagiarism and get citation suggestions
  ➤ Get suggestions for different writing styles, including academic, technical, and creative

HiveSchool – Student

Currently deprecated. We are working on getting this updated.

Save to Google Drive


Scans QR codes and displays their contents on a Chromebook or other computer with a suitable webcam.
It's one that can focus the QR code within the red square in the app sharply enough that the app can decode it.


Screencastify is Chrome's most trusted screen recorder.

✔ Millions and millions of weekly users
✔ 2.2 million hours recorded in 2017
✔ #1 most installed Chrome screen recorder 

🎥 Record
▸ Desktop, browser tab or webcam capture
▸ Narrate with your microphone’s audio
▸ Customize your resolution and FPS
▸ Embed your webcam into the screencast

✄ Edit 
▸ Annotate your screen with a pen tool
▸ Focus a spotlight on your mouse
▸ Crop your recording (Premium)
▸ Trim your recording (Premium)

🚀 Share
▸ Videos automatically save to Google Drive
▸ Publish directly to YouTube
▸ Save and manage videos locally
▸ Export as .mp4 or animated gif (Premium)


▸ 10 minute recording limit per video
▸ 50 videos per month
▸ Screencastify watermark


How do people use Screencastify for screen recording and capture?

🎓 Education:
▸ Strong enough for universities, safe enough for kindergarteners
▸ Top Pick
▸ Teachers save time, increase effectiveness
▸ Perfect for flipped classrooms
▸ Enable more 1:1 feedback
▸ Language, public speaking, comprehension practice
▸ Designed for Chromebooks
▸ Google Suite, Google Apps For Education and Google Classroom ready


📝 Specs:
▸ Screencasts are captured as webm/vp8 files with ogg vorbis audio
▸ Videos can be saved to your local disk as various file types (GIF, MP4, etc), directly to your Google Drive, published to Youtube, or you can share the link virtually anywhere
▸ Screencastify does not depend on any external software (like Java, Flash or other plugins) so it runs on Chrome OS, Chromebooks, and Chromeboxes
▸ Screen recording is a CPU intensive task. Older or weaker computers may lag if multiple programs and tabs are open at the same time as a screencast

Seasaw: The Learning Journal

Please check out Mahara (ePortfolios) as well.

SketchUp for Schools

SketchUp in a browser for Primary and Secondary Schools signed up with G Suite for Education.
Trimble's SketchUp for Schools is the core SketchUp modeler now available in a web browser for any Primary and Secondary School signed up with G Suite for Education. You can use SketchUp on any device with mouse & keyboard input and access to internet. You can make anything you can imagine, from anywhere, anytime you imagine it.

Snap&Read Universal

Text reader (TTS) that simplifies vocabulary, translates text, reads inaccessible text (OCR) and captures and cites sources.
Snap&Read Extension for Chrome™ reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud from websites, Flash websites, images, Google Docs, eBook Readers, Kindle Cloud Reader, email, PDFs, web-based tests, and more. 
Snap&Read also adjusts complex text to be more readable, translates text into over 100 languages, and allows you to capture information and cite your sources for use in writings.

Try it for free and see if it works for you.  Pricing and more information can be viewed at

Questions/Help can be found at

If you already have an account for snap and read, you can manage it at

- New: "Show Readability in Icon" feature shows the grade level of the site you're on in Snap&Read's icon 
(The equation is the rounded average of Flesh-Kincaid, Gunning FOG, SMOG Index, Coleman-Liau Index, and the Automated Readability Index.)  
- "Online" high quality voices
- Moved MLA citations from 7th to 8th edition
- Updates to APA and Chicago citations
- Outline Templates
- Print/Download added
- Material Design UI overhaul
- New PDF reader
- Added support for Office 365 login
- Opened up access to individuals, parents, and individual educators
- Outlines:  Use the right pane in Snap&Read to highlight text and organize it in an outline.  We'll automatically cite your sources for you and support MLA, APA and Chicago formats.  If you need to write, just drag and drop items from your outline into your text field, email, Google Docs and more.
-  Snap&Read now supports Bookshare's Web Reader 
-  We've added translation support for over 100 languages.
-  Snap&Read now supports the Kindle Cloud Reader.  Read all your Kindle books (and textbooks) with Snap&Read.  One of our favorite features is that both tools work offline so even when you aren't online (perhaps on a bus, on a plane, or even better... at the beach) you can still read.

TextHelp PDF Reader

Experience PDFs in a whole new way with Texthelp’s new PDF Reader.

Built from the ground up and part of Read&Write for Google Chrome's suite of literacy tools, Texthelp’s new PDF Reader provides a lightning fast experience for anyone looking for an exceptional PDF viewer. 
And with added access to Read&Write’s many premium literacy tools, it’s the perfect PDF solution to support a wide range of learners using G Suite for Education.

Now introducing powerful collaboration tools to take your PDF experience to the next level.  

• Collaborate in realtime on PDFs shared in Google Drive
• Integrated with Equatio Chrome extension*
• Add and reply to text comments (just like in Google Docs!) 
• Add images and links*
• Leave audio comments using only your voice*

Open PDFs in Google Drive, the web, or your local device, then use the Read&Write tools you know and love to do things like:

• Read text aloud
• Look up words in the Dictionary and Picture Dictionary*
• Translate words
• Add text annotations using Word Prediction and Dictation*
• Highlight text*
• Build vocabulary lists*
• And more!

Try Texthelp’s new PDF Reader free for 30 days, with unlimited access to all features. After this time Premium features* require a subscription to Read&Write for Google Chrome.

Vernier Graphical Analysis

Graphical Analysis™ 4 is a tool for science students to collect, graph, and analyze data from Vernier sensors.

Sensor data-collection support:
• Vernier Go Direct® sensors - with Bluetooth® wireless technology and USB connectivity
• Vernier Go Wireless® Heart Rate and Go Wireless Exercise Heart Rate monitors
• Vernier LabQuest® sensors used with LabQuest 2, LabQuest Stream, LabQuest Mini, or Go!Link® interfaces
• Vernier Go!Temp® and Go!Motion® USB sensors

Additional experiment options:
• Data Sharing via Wi-Fi connection to LabQuest 2 or Logger Pro® 3
• Manual Entry

Note: Sensor data collection and Data Sharing require the purchase of hardware from Vernier Software & Technology. Manual entry of data can be performed without a hardware purchase. 
For more information on Data Sharing, visit 

Key Features - Data Collection
• Multi-sensor data-collection support
• Time Based, Event Based, Drop Counting, and Photogate data-collection modes
• Configurable data-collection rate and duration for time-based data collection
• Optional triggering of time-based data collection based on sensor value
• Customizable unit display on supported sensors
• Sensor calibrations
• Option to zero and reverse sensor readings
• Graph match feature for use with motion detectors
• Manual entry of data from keyboard and clipboard

Key Features - Data Analysis
• Display one, two, or three graphs simultaneously
• View data in a table or show a graph and table side-by-side
• Draw Predictions on a graph to uncover misconceptions
• Examine, interpolate/extrapolate, and select data
• Use Tangent tool to show instantaneous rates of change of the data
• Find area under a curve using the Integral tool
• Apply Statistics calculations to find mean, min, max, and standard deviation
• Perform curve fits, including linear, quadratic, natural exponent, and more
• Add calculated columns based on existing data to linearize data or investigate related concepts

Key Features - Collaboration and Sharing
• Create text annotations and add graph titles
• Export graphs and data for printing and inclusion in lab reports
• Save files (.ambl file format) to the Cloud for exchange with Graphical Analysis 4 on other Chromebooks™, Windows® and macOS® computers, and iOS and Android™ devices
• Export data in .CSV format for analysis of data in spreadsheet software such as Excel, Google Sheets, and Numbers
• Adjust font sizes for easier viewing when presenting to your class

Vernier Software & Technology has over 35 years of experience in providing effective learning resources for understanding experimental data in science and math classrooms. Graphical Analysis 4 is a part of the extensive system of sensors, interfaces, and data-collection software from Vernier for science and STEM education.

WeDo 2.0 LEGO® Education

The LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 App allows students to explore great science projects.
Only compatible with Chromebooks!

WeDo 2.0 makes coding a reality for elementary students. Using LEGO® bricks, easy-to-use software and engaging STEM projects, teachers have all they need to teach their students simple programming skills.

This unique combination of building with LEGO® bricks, and then using an easy-to-use classroom app to make WeDo 2.0 come to life through engaging lesson plans for science, technology, engineering and math classes, provides you with everything you need to teach programming in your classroom.


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