Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tab Snooze

How many times have you started to read an article online and been interrupted?  You know you will forget to go back and finish it if you bookmark the tab for later.  Now there is a new option, you can Tab Snooze it.

Tab Snooze

With Tab Snooze you can "snooze" a tab until you have time to come back to it.  You can snooze it until tomorrow, next week, even next month.  In the selection menu, you can also set a specific date and time you want the snoozed tab to reopen.  

What if you discover you have some time on your hands.  You can access a snoozed tab at any time by looking in the Snoozed tabs section of the selection menu.  

Tab Snooze also has an awesome To-Do tab option.  You can use it to create a colorful tab as a reminder.  Select the check mark in the bottom right hand corner of the selection menu and try it for yourself.

Tab Snooze is quickly climbing my list of favorite Google Extensions.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tab Scissors / Tab Glue

I have a new FAVORITE extension!

Tab Scissors and Tab Glue.

But Kendra, that is 2 extensions. 
You caught me!  It is 2 extensions; but they go hand-in-hand.  

Tab Scissors 

Tab Scissors lets you separate 2 tabs within one Google Chrome browser window.  Tab Scissors splits the tabs into 2 smaller, equal sized windows allowing you to compare information side-by-side.  The extension separates your window at the active tab and the one to its immediate left. If you have additional tabs open, the ones on the left stay in the left window and the ones on the right stay in the right window.

Tab Glue
Tab Glue allows you to quickly put all of your tabs back together, into one large window.  Your tabs remain in their original order. Tab Glue simply works in the reverse of Tab Scissors.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Keep Awake

Talk about frustrating!  Every time I turn around my computer screen has fallen asleep.  
I just walked away for a minute!
I am trying to give a presentation!

Guess what?
There is a Google Extension for that.

Keep Awake!

Keep Awake temporarily disables your computer's power-saving settings.

Keep Awake has 3 modes:
 - Moon: Your system power-saving settings are enabled.
 - Sun: Your computer system and screen are kept awake.
 - Sunset: The computer system is kept awake, the screen may go to sleep.

Install Keep Awake today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Google Extensions - Extensity

Google Extensions

Google has a staggering number of mini programs called Extensions.  Extensions are available in / for the Google Chrome browser.  They modify and enhance the functionality of Google Chrome.  

To install a Google Extension, visit the Google Web Store.  

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be highlighting a series of Extensions that I use on an almost daily basis.  I will be discussing one Extension per week, between now and the end of the school year.  I hope you find them as useful as I have.


Extensity is an Extension organizer and a Google Apps viewer.  Extensity's primary function is to allow you to turn Extensions on and off.  Some Extensions can drain your battery or slow down your connection because it is consistently running in the background.  With Extensity, you can turn these draining Extensions on and off.  This gives you the ability to only have them on when you are using them.  Extensity, as a Google Chrome Extension, is invaluable.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Welcome to AT / UDL Tips and Tricks for Everyone!

With this Blog, I (with some help from the YCS Instructional Technology team) will be posting useful Tips and Tricks for our Staff and Students to use in the classroom and for assignments.  We will highlight Google Apps, Extensions and Add-Ons as well as useful websites and iPad apps.