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Best Chrome Apps and Extensions for Students

Looking for classroom-ready Chrome apps and extensions to gear up your classroom's Chromebooks? We've assembled a list, organized by grade level, of popular, top-rated tools that'll integrate with Chromebooks or any device with Chrome installed. You'll notice many of these apps and extensions are adaptations of familiar tools available on other platforms (such as iOS or the web). However, these Chrome selections are streamlined and easily accessible versions particularly well-suited to the complexities of classrooms. So, head over to the Chrome store and use this list to save time on tool selection, setup, and integration for your elementary, middle, or high school classroom. 

If you're on the lookout for Chrome extensions in particular, check out 3 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Classrooms for a deeper look at three great options.

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Chrome Apps and Extensions for Elementary School

IXL

Immediate feedback and breadth a huge plus, despite emphasis on drills

Bottom line: Students can improve targeted skills with tons of practice modules and visually appealing tasks.

Raz-Kids

Leveled readings with progress-tracking enhances differentiated reading program

Bottom line: It's worth considering as a supplement to your reading program thanks to the good variety of leveled books, easy assigning and assessing, and detailed progress reports.

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Seesaw

Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: A powerful multimedia learning and communication tool that demonstrates student progress over time.

Matific

Engaging supplemental resource encourages conceptual understanding

Bottom line: An engaging conceptual supplement for math lessons with easy-to-find standards-aligned activities.

Freckle

Standards-aligned, adaptive, core subject materials with lots of support

Bottom line: It's rich with content-aligned assessments, worksheets, and progress analytics, so mindful teachers will find it a valuable resource to promote skills mastery through practice.

Storybird

Storybird

Social storytelling site helps kids create, publish storybooks

Bottom line: A great fit for teachers looking to develop students' writing and digital citizenship skills through storybook creation.

Edpuzzle

Crop, customize, and remix online video content with interactive tool

Bottom line: As a tool for the flipped classroom or for student-led creation, a cool tool for teachers to create and share engaging video content.

Chrome Apps and Extensions for Middle School

CK-12

Super STEM, social studies resource with highly customizable content

Bottom line: Making content accessible to kids with different learning styles, CK-12 could be the key to mastery for some students.

Edulastic

Powerful standards-based assessment tool tracks student progress

Bottom line: An efficient platform -- especially for test prep -- that helps teachers track student progress on standards mastery.

Blendspace

Create multimedia lessons with engaging but not-so-interactive style

Bottom line: Allows you to incorporate lots of multimedia resources, but be discerning with content and assessments to avoid lazy teaching or learning.

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Newsela

Great stories, just-right leveled reading; now mostly by subscription

Bottom line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles will meet students right at their level, and help teachers bolster students' nonfiction reading skills.

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StudySync

Superb ELA resource features engaging activities, stellar support

Bottom line: An exceptional, ever-growing resource for helping your students become close readers, careful writers, and critical thinkers.

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Tynker

Approachable, powerful coding curriculum covers much ground, provides support

Bottom line: Tynker empowers students of all ages and experience levels to create custom coding projects for a variety of platforms.

Canva

Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool

Bottom line: With stable internet access and enough time to get started, this is a flexible, accessible way to create beautiful designs in your classroom.

TED-Ed

Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short video lessons

Bottom line: TED-Ed includes excellent, engaging videos and support for flipped-class lessons with an incredible community of thinkers and doers.

Chrome Apps and Extensions for High School

PlayPosit

Interactive video creator has great question variety

Bottom line: This tool strikes a nice balance, offering teachers an easy intro to interactive video mixed with a large set of features that can lead to increasingly sophisticated lesson design.

Edmodo

Manage classes, content, and communication with social LMS platform

Bottom line: This free platform allows for teacher-monitored classroom communication with basic tools.

ThinkCERCA

Well-structured lessons encourage deep analysis, thoughtful writing

Bottom line: This is a ready-to-go, research-backed resource that focuses intently on CCSS-aligned and AP-level critical reading and writing skills.

Desmos

Elegant graphing calculator and math simulations promote collaboration

Bottom line: Part calculator, part interactive simulation tool, Desmos is a standout example of inquiry-driven math with super-smart instructional supports.

InsertLearning

Useful Chrome extension lets teachers add interactivity to websites

Bottom line: A potential go-to tool for teachers focused on building critical reading skills, especially those in Chromebook classrooms.

Grammarly

Helpful tips support the writing process, build confidence

Bottom line: A flexible tool that -- with teacher guidance -- students can use for both quick fixes and more in-depth writing improvement.

Tinkercad

Amazingly simple yet powerful online CAD tool turns kids into makers

Bottom line: A big step forward in making iterative 3D design more accessible and social.

Brilliant

Challenge top students with self-guided math, science, and CS courses

Bottom line: This learning and practice site can be an exciting challenge for passionate, independent students, but may be too much for struggling kids.

Kaizena

Nifty add-on enables audio and text feedback in Google Docs

Bottom line: If your classroom relies a lot on Google Docs, this might just be the feedback tool you're looking for.

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