What are Apps & Extensions?
Apps & Extensions are basically programs that vastly expand the capabilities of the Chrome browser and Chromebooks. Technically, extensions are installed to work within your browser to expand its functionality. They have little imprint, usually nothing more than a button added to the URL bar – one example is “Read&Write for Google” which will read web pages and browser content out loud. Extensions usually work across all websites.
Apps are more similar to separate programs with a dedicated user interface. They are something more rich and interactive than a website, but less cumbersome than a desktop application. General examples include games, photo editors, and video players; all of these categories are viable as tightly focused apps, though they still require Chrome to run.
By syncing their Bulldog Account on to the Chrome browser at home students have all the Apps and Extensions they use at school available to them at home.
Where do you find Apps & Extensions?
Apps & Extensions are accessible via the Chrome Webstore. When signed into a Bulldog Account, students will be directed to the list of New Way approved apps & extensions they are allowed to install. All are still available to browse – find one(s) you think should be available to use? Please send us a note or ask your teacher.
What are some of the essential Apps & Extensions used at New Way?
uBlock – Ads are already blocked for Google services (gmail, searches, etc.), but distracting ads can still appear on other websites. This blocks them, keeping focus on the main content of the site.
Read&Write for Google – Allows students to use text-to-speech to proofread their papers in Google Docs and access online content through the Chrome browser.
VoiceNote II – Allows students to dictate their writing using its speech-to-text notepad.
Grammarly – Checks emails and online posts, so students can always be sure that words are mistake-free.
EasyBib – Helps create accurate citations pages by helping with formatting and gathering information.
Dyslexie – Allows students to read websites in the Dyslexie font. The characteristics of the Dyslexie font make it easier for people to distinguish individual letters and clearly see where a sentence starts and ends.
Learning Ally – Learning Ally, a service for audiobooks with simultaneous highlighting, can be accessed from almost any phone, PC, or Chromebook.