Tag: Chrome

Extra reading practice with ReadLang

Readlang (http://readlang.com/) is a useful site for students who want to read more in the language they’re studying but need a little help understanding. It offers a curated library of authentic text and video content that students can browse by language, level, and type (non-fiction, fiction, dialog, etc.). As students engage with the content, they have the ability to receive a limited number of translations of words and phrases they don’t know just by clicking on them. These words then become part of the students’ personalized vocabulary list and flashcard set.

Students can also upload their own content to explore in the Readlang environment or use Readlang’s Chrome extension to read websites and other web content that’s not part of the Readlang library.

While Readlang may not be appropriate for all students at all levels, it has the potential to be useful for students struggling to take that next step in reading comprehension.

Screenshots and screen-capture video using Chrome

Nimbus (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nimbus-screenshot-and-scr/bpconcjcammlapcogcnnelfmaeghhagj) is a fantastic add-on for Google’s Chrome browser. It allows you to easily take screenshots and screen-capture video of all or parts of your computer screen without having to download a program. Once you’ve captured your video, you can download it to your computer in a YouTube-compatible format in just one click. For images, you save your image directly to your computer or edit it with Nimbus’s easy-to-use online image editor. All in all, Nimbus is a great, quick alternative to programs like Jing and Screenpresso.

Check for plagiarism and understand how your students write

Draftback (https://chrome.google.comwebstore/detail/draftbacknnajoiemfpldioamchanognpjmocgkbg) is a Chrome extension that lets you watch the creation of a Google Doc letter by letter. Once you install the extension, a “Draftback” button will appear when you open any doc. As long as you have permission to edit this document, clicking that button will create a video that shows you every change, no matter how small, that’s been made in the document. Using this on your students’ work created in Docs can help you better understand how they write – do they outline or write down main points first? are they writing in English and then translating? are they reorganizing their ideas as they write? Additionally, since students don’t know if you’re using Draftback, this can also be a great tool for catching copy-paste plagiarism and translation.

Free Chrome extension for annotating websites

scrible (http://www.scrible.com/) is a free extension for Chrome that lets you highlight and add notes to websites. When you activate the extension on a page you want to mark up, a small, easy-to-use toolbar appears at the top or bottom of your screen. You can print your annotations, share them by Facebook or email, or save them by creating a free account. With an account you can also create and curate a library of websites and annotations accessible anytime from any computer via their website.

Free dictionary add-ons for Google Chrome

When students read and write online, they use dictionaries. Switching between websites wastes time and breaks concentration, hampering reading comprehension and coherent writing. Here are two tips on how to optimize students’ online experience (and your own!) using extensions in Google Chrome.

– Use the Google Dictionary extension to translate foreign words or define English words. Watch this short video created by Dr. Susanne Rott to learn more: Click here for the tutorial.

– Use the WordReference extension to have a detailed multi-lingual dictionary and verb conjugator anytime you need it without having to leave the page you’re on. Great for reading and writing online: Word Reference extension.