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#CoolChromeExtensions: Manage Your Open Tabs with Tabr

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If you are like me, you may be prone to having too many open tabs in Chrome, which can lead to slow performance and clutter. Tabr is a great extension to free up RAM, , see a bird's eye-view of all of your open tabs, and keep yourself organized. The best part is that Tabr is extremely easy to use. Here are some of the key benefits and features: You can see a bird's eye-view of open tabs, much like Safari. Visit any open tab by clicking on its thumbnail or even open up a new tab.  Too many tabs open? Use the Search box to search through your open tabs for the right one!  Archive a series of open tabs to use again later. To make it easier to find, you can rename your session. When you are ready to use your tabs again, just open up Tabr and your tabs will open in a new window. Do you want a faster Chrome experience? Tabr increases performance by reducing the amount of RAM Chrome uses through Auto-Suspending for Tabs. Basically, this feature "suspend

Help Students Monitor Progress with Progress Bar Timer

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How do you help students learn how to reach their goals? This is an important aspect of self-regulation or how we help students develop important intrinsic, self-assessment, and coping skills. Using a progress bar can be a great strategy to provide our students with a tangible way of measuring their progress. The Progress Bar Timer App is an excellent Google App that you could use to help measure student performance on your Chrome Browser. This is the perfect tool for Chromebook schools. After installing the App on your Chrome Browser, you or your students can measure performance in three different ways: 1. Counter The counter feature is the perfect way to measure performance. Use it to count the number of books read or the number of pounds you shed. Simply add a bar, provide a description, then enter a starting value and ending value. Once your bar is installed, you can manually add or reduce the number. 2. Timer The timer feature acts like an egg timer a

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes that Inspire Infograph

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There are very few few people that have the privilege of changing the world through their thoughts, actions, and words. Martin Luther King, Jr. was such a man, whom we remember and celebrate on MLK Day. Dr. King was a pioneer in the American Civil Rights movement. Even after his death, his life and words have touched the lives of so many. Please enjoy this inspirational infograph created by Scion San Diego , which contains powerful quotes that still resonate with us all today. My personal favorite is "The time is always right to do what is right." Imagine if we all took the time to put just one of the quotes below into action. How much different would could our world become?

Making Chrome Tabs More Manageable with Tabr

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Helping our students manage online resources and open tabs is one aspect of using technology that we often forget about. Tabr is a free Chrome Extension that will help our students with executive functioning strategies like managing, saving, and searching through Chrome Tabs. Here are three features that I absolutely love about this extension: 1. Big ThumbNails Once Tabr is installed in your Chrome Browser, you can see all of your open tabs appear as Big ThumbNails. Within this tab, you have several different options for working with your tabs: Click on any of the thumbnails to visit open tabs, open a new tab, or close out of any unnecessary tabs Open your tab in a new window or combine all of your open windows Archive tabs to save or bookmark for later Search through your open tabs by keywords 2. Archive Sessions If you want to open a series of tabs later or if you accidentally closed out of a tab, you can access your tabs in the archive feature of Tabr.  Withi

Peek a Boo: 3 Unique Apps Kids are Using to Hide Photos

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If you are a parent or teacher of students with smartphone, you may or may not be aware of hidden or secret apps. Many of these apps double as a "legit" looking application, but offer "hidden" features like saving photos, videos, notes, and even browsing information. Here are three unique  iOS Apps that our students are using to hide their tracks: 1. Secret Calculator Icon There are many apps that double as a calculator and photo vault. One of the most popular is called Secret Calculator Icon (iOS) which looks like and functions as a calculation app; however, it provides backup of photos, videos, notes, contacts, to-do lists, and even location. It offers several different passcode options and security options: Decoy option - if users simply enter their passcode in reverse, the app will appear legitimate.  Panic Mode - shake, flick, or place your phone down to change your location. Intruder Reports - provides a break-in report (with photos and video) of a

LiquidText: Changing the Way You Read and Comprehend

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What if there was a way to change the reading experience on a tablet? What if there was a way to comprehend more? That answer is called LiquidText, an App that will change the way that you use your iPad and the way you read. LiquidText is a free App for researching, annotating, and highlighting your documents, websites, and PDF's. How does it work?  Import your first document from Dropbox, Box Drive, iCloud, Google Drive, or a webpage.  Once your document is imported, you can begin using LiquidText's awesome features like: Drag notes from your document to LiquidText's workspace. Compare different pages by pinching, which creates a split screen of your document! Use the navigation tools to go back / forward, search text, highlight, and send / share files.  Want to watch it in action?  How will it help students? We know that not every student learns  (even reads) the same way. LiquidText provides students with tools to help increase t

Excellent Reads: Live From Your Class

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Whether discussing with their PLC, looking for the perfect book for the beach, or needing some fresh ideas, educators are always looking for excellent books to add to their reading list. Although Marzano and Dweck offer sage research findings, practical books like Teach Like a Pirate are gaining ground because they can provide teachers with practical tools and ideas for their teaching toolbox. Live From Your Class: You may want to add Jaime Mason Cohen's book   LIVE FROM YOUR CLASS: Everything I Learned About Teaching, I Learned From Working At Saturday Night Live to your list. Jaime is a teacher and former employee of SNL legend, producer, and creator Lorne Michaels. Many of the tricks of the entertainment trade apply to the classroom, especially if you are looking for creative and innovative ways to stimulate your passion for teaching, engage students, and stimulate learning. The practical set up of the book makes it easy to gather ideas and apply them immediately. Each ch