Chrome Extensions to Help with Success

On any given day I receive half a dozen email newsletters from various technology, education and education integrating technology sources. While it is hard to find time to read them all (and I don’t) I do try because every once I a while I find a gem of an article that is worth sharing.  This week I was introduced to the Control Alt Achieve blog by Eric Curts.  Eric is a certified Google Trainer and his blog reflects it with a great number of tips about using Google docs.  What caught my eye was a post from last fall about 21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs.


While not everyone has special needs students in their classroom, there was certainly something for just about everyone so don’t let the title of the blog post stop you from investigating. Because resources for special needs student can be harder to find than say a lesson plan on conjugating verbs, I forwarded the list to our friends at PANDA and thought I would share one of my favorites with you.

 5) OpenDyslexic
Override all fonts on a webpage with the OpenDyslexic font, making the text more easily readable.


How it works:

“Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each letter. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down because of this feature. It aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.

...OpenDyslexic is completely free for individuals, companies, schools, and in short: everyone.  “


Before using Open Dyxlexic


After turning on OpenDyslexic


Installation of the extension from the Google store is super simple and On/Off button makes it easy to use for one student and easy to turn off for another.

Hope you find this and the 20 other extensions useful in your classroom. As always we look forward to your comments.


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