Monday, January 12, 2015

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions

Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. They are listed by category with some explanations. 

Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks 
Edmodo        Google Keep - notes and lists        Evernote Web        Adblock Plus        Evernote Web Clipper        WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker
GeoGebra math app         Read&Write -  reading support       EasyBib        Desmos Graphing Calculator

UPDATE - I'm taking Adblock Plus off of the list - it causes issues with online testing and assessment systems. 

A to Z of Google Services

Find Apps for Chromebook - great resource to find apps to use with  Chromebooks 

A great list of Apps and Extensions for Education

Google Classroom - new resource for teachers to manage classes, assignments, student work, and to communicate with students.

Google Launches Google Connected Classrooms - take free virtual field trips with your students

Evernote: create and organize everything: clip content from websites, take written and audio notes, organize notes and files, share notes and more
There is a desktop app, mobile apps, web app, and extensions for Chrome.

Edmodo is a great resource for teachers, students, and parents, allowing communication, collaboration and sharing. It has forums, messages, files, calendar, and more to create an online presence for your class. 

Apps by Task you want students to do: Click to enlarge or right click to download.

10 Free Learning Websites for Kids

51 Great Tools for educators and students to use 

Richland School District Two 1TWO1 Digital Starter Kit
Excellent collection of web apps, sorted by category, with lots of information and ideas for using the web apps in class. This district has been 1-1 with Chromebooks for quite a while with a lot of experience.

PreK-2 Digital Starter Kit

Chromebook and Classroom Power-Tools, tips and extensions

Google Chrome Apps for Education

Cogs 2

CK-12 - free e-textbooks and more

It's free and allows you to clip and capture anything from the web including articles, links, videos, lesson plans and more. You then create a clipboard to organize what you have clipped and then you can share the clipboards with students, colleagues, the public or just keep it for yourself. Students can use it too and the clipboards are searchable. You can also share your clipboards via different social networks.

read and fill in Interactive PDFs on the Chromebook using the cloud-based reader "PDF Escape":

Seven Free Online Whiteboard Tools for Teachers and Students

Chromebook Apps and Extensions for Elementary Teachers

3 Simple Ways to Zip and Unzip Files on a Chromebook

Take Your Reading Offline With These 5 Chrome Apps

Geddit free web-based student response system for gaining valuable information about student understanding. Real time feedback from students for formative assessment. 


  • Google Keep
  • Evernote notetaking and bookmarking
  • Google Drive Docs can also be used for Note taking
  • MoveNote - Ever wish you could hear what students were thinking or trying to develop when they wrote a paper or constructed a lab report? MoveNote makes that possible by giving students the ability to add video and audio descriptions to their products right in Google Drive. The process is so simple! Once you select the document, and open MoveNote, the camera will automatically launch. Students can then begin recording additional information or ideas to their documents or presentations. As MoveNote calls it, it is ‘Presentations with Emotions.’ All this for free on the Chrome Web Store. Teachers can use MoveNote to explain directions to individual students, making it easier to differentiate instruction. The possibilities are limitless – and the reasons why I have made MoveNote one of my top picks for the Chromebook classroom.For more information watch this short video from MoveNote.

Extensions for Google Chrome browser and Chrome OS

Research/Web Search:
Google Search: 

Curricular Materials:

PBS Teachers Activity Packs - free lesson resources for educators

100+ Free Internet Resources for Real Teachers in Real Classrooms
Mashpedia, the Real-time Encylopedia: excellent resource for research: 

Lots of free online courses and materials:



Photo Editing (Photoshop)

Social Studies

ELL Resources

5 Good Apps for ESL / ELL Students: 

Foreign Language

10 Good Sites & Apps for Learning a New Language


Screen Casting
ScreenCastify - A Screencasting Option That Works on Chromebooks

Tech Ed

5 (five) 3D Modeling, Engineering, and Architecture Apps for Chrome (the rest on the site are for iOS) - great, free apps to use on Chromebooks - 

Autodesk AutoCAD 360 - Autodesk® AutoCAD® 360 is a free, easy-to-use sketching and drafting app that enables you to quickly view, create, edit, and share drawings using your web browser. 


Students can compose short songs using:
"UJAM - Make your music."

They can practice notation and ear training using:
"Music Notation Training"

They can learn the piano keyboard using:
"Color Piano!":

Online Guitar App
"ButtonBeats Guitar"

10 Excellent Drawing Tools for Teachers and Students Drawings - part of Google Docs

See "Tech Ed" for CAD

Computer Science


Virtual Labs and Simulations:



  • – this site offers straightforward tutorials and typing practice games. It allows you to choose to learn in several different languages and if desired you can earn an official typing certification. However, you must register if you want to track your progress.
  • Sense-Lang’s Balloon Game – Once you get the basics down, this game is great for teaching you how to type without looking at the keyboard.
  • Typeonline -The typing tutorials on this site also include lessons on how to use a keyboard number pad for those who may need to enter a lot of numerical data.
  • Typeracer – You can improve your speed on this site by entering typing races with your friends or others from around the globe. If you are motivated by fun and competition then this is the site for you.


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