Chrome extensions to help students stay focused

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Kindy Segovia

by Kindy Segovia, OTR
Assistive Technology Coordinator at Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, MI

Many of us have been using Google for Education and Google Suite tools in our teaching long before our current emergency-driven remote learning. However, now that we are dependent on these tools to connect with students, provide instruction, and maintain some productivity, understanding some of the supportive features and add-ons is crucial.

There are a few Chrome extensions that can help both you, as the educator, and your students maintain focus and efficiency.

uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin (focus)

A simple but powerful ad-blocking extension to help remove distracting ads from websites, making pages less cluttered and easier to read.

Enhancer for YouTube (focus)

The best way to decrease the distractions of YouTube. Eliminates ads and other interstitial content. Adds mouse wheel volume control.

 

Google Translate

Google Translate (EL)

Quickly translate a section of text or the entire webpage

StayFocused (focus)

Stay Focused

Restrict the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. It’s highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc).

 

Google Keep

Google Keep (organize)

Easily save things to Keep, with sync across all platforms. Save URL’s, text, images, and take notes on saved content and add labels.

Move It! (self-regulation)

Build some quick movement and activity into your computer time. Set the notification interval, and your screen will present you with a random brain break and exercise to complete.

Kindy Segovia, OTR, is currently the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids, Mich. She has worked as an occupational therapist in both schools and pediatric rehabilitation for over 25 years. She has provided educational training for teachers, parents and administrators over the past 15 years with a focus on adapting curriculum, classroom accommodations, and integrating technology into instruction. She is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University. Find out more from Kindy at kindysegovia.com.

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