Showing posts with label firefox add ons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label firefox add ons. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Long-click to Find Definitions, Pictures, Videos, and More

Curiyo is a browser extension, available for Firefox and Chrome, that makes it easy to quickly find definitions, videos, pictures, and related reference materials for any word you select in your browser. When you're reading an article online and come across a word that you don't recognize or a word that you're just curious about, long-click on it and a pop-up box containing definitions, pictures, videos, and more will appear. The video embedded below provides a demonstration of Curiyo in action.

Applications for Education
Curiyo could be a good tool for students to have at their disposal while reading difficult passages online. The option to see pictures and videos to help students can a better understanding of new-to-them terms.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Image Resizer Increases Image Accessibility

Image Resizer is a handy Firefox add-on that enables you to click on just about any image on a website and resize it. It could be very helpful for students who need to see images in more detail or just need the images enlarged for better viewing. I learned about Image Resizer from a recent episode of Tekzilla Daily which you can watch below.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Two Tools for Reading ePub Files in Your Browser

ePub documents are everywhere now. But if you don't have an ereader, you might feel like you're missing out on something. Fortunately, there are some tools that you can use to read ePub documents on your laptop or desktop. Here are two tools that I have used to read ePub documents on my laptop.

EPUBReader is a Firefox add-on that will allow you to read ePub documents within your browser. EPUBReader downloads ePub files and displays them directly in your browser. The video below offers a short demonstration.

Magic Scroll is a Chrome web app that you can use to read ePub files on your desktop or laptop even if you do not have an internet connection.

If you want to convert webpages into ePub documents, dotEPUB is a good Chrome web app for that. I previously wrote about dotEPUB in October. Here is a video overview of dotEPUB.

Applications for Education
Both of these browser add-ons could be good to have installed on your school's library computers or computer lab computers. If students are conducting research and encounter an ePub document, they will be able to access it without the need to send it to an ereader.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Three Browser Extensions Every Teacher Should Try

It is no secret that I am a Google fan boy which is why I use Chrome as my primary web browser. Chrome is my browser of choice in part because of the numerous useful browser extensions and add-ons that are available for it. In the video below I demonstrate my three favorite Chrome extensions that I think every teacher can benefit from using. These extensions are also available for Firefox and Safari.

A Cleaner Internet

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ProCon Content Filter for Firefox

ProCon Latte Content Filter is a Firefox add-on designed to prevent users of your computers from accessing sites containing objectionable content. It can filter any type of content you specify by keyword. Password protection means that only you can change the filter settings. This could be an add-on that parents might want to add to the browser on their home computers. Of course, educating students about what they should or shouldn't access is the best policy, but the ProCon Latte Content Filter is a nice back-up plan. The Tekzilla video below offers a little more information about this Firefox add-on.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Firefox Add-on - Simple Timer + Clocks

Simple Timer + Clocks is a Firefox add-on that offers count down timers, stop watch settings, and a clock reminder. Simple Timer + Clocks can be used to run multiple timers simultaneously to track the time you spend on different tasks. Once installed, Simple Timer + Clocks appears as a small alarm clock icon in the status bar of your browser. 

Applications for Education
If you occasionally find yourself struggling with the pacing of your class or with providing sufficient "wait time", Simple Timer + Clocks could be a handy tool to have open on your laptop. Simple Timer + Clocks could also be used track the time students spend completing tasks online.

If you don't want to install anything on your computer, a good web-based timer is Online Stopwatch.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

URL Fixer - Avoid URL Typos

URL Fixer is a handy little Firefox add-on that I just learned about from Tekzilla Daily. When installed and activated, URL Fixer launches a pop-up warning whenever it detects a typo in a url. The pop-up will ask you to confirm or change the url before proceeding to load a website. Learn more about URL Fixer in the video below.

Applications for Education
If you've ever tried to get a whole classroom full of students onto the same url at once, you probably know the frustration that can occur when students mistype urls. URL Fixer could be just the tool to fix that problem.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Keep Track of Browser Tabs by Coloring Them

If you're a heavy Internet user like me, you probably have a lot of browser tabs open all the time. I have thirteen open as I write this. Tekzilla has a great tip for folks like us, color code your browser tabs. The video below will show you how you can color code your Firefox browser tabs.

Applications for Education
If your students have the habit of open many browser tabs at once, color coding those tabs could help them keep track of what they're reading and working on.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How to Block Scripts in Firefox

On the same evening that I got my Acer Aspire One and became a Windows user again (on a part-time basis) CNET ran a short article and video about blocking malicious scripts on Firefox. While Macs are not immune to attacks they certainly happen at a much lower rate. So now that I am using Windows again I'll be paying a little more attention to these types of articles and videos. The CNET video about blocking scipts in Firefox is embedded below.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Remodeled Firefox Add-on Page

There are thousands of useful (and some not-so-useful) Firefox add-ons. Finding the ones that can be useful for you isn't always easy. I've written about a dozen or so add-ons on this blog, but I've only scratched the surface of what is available. Recently, Mozilla remodeled their Add-ons page to allow for better browsing and searching. When you visit the new Add-ons page you will notice that they now feature recommended add-ons from five popular add-on categories. Another change is addition of a new featured collections category where you can access a collection of Firefox add-ons that complement each other.

Not two minutes after I published this post, Mashable ran a similar post containing the video that I've now embedded below.
Watch the video embedded below for an overview of Firefox Add-ons Collections.

Add-on Collections: Overview from Justin Scott on Vimeo.

Here are some of the Firefox Add-ons that have been featured here in the past:
Quick Translation - Dictionary and Translation Firefox Add-on
Lizzer - A Handy Tool for Student Blogging
Googlepedia - Wikipedia and Google Side by Side
Quietube - No Nonsense YouTube Viewing

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tidy Read - View Your Favorite Website Without Ads

Tidy Read is a service that allows users to view their favorite websites without viewing the advertising on that page. Tidy Read works as a browser bookmarklet that works on Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome, and Opera. Installing the boorkmarklet is a simple matter of dragging the Tidy Read link to your browser's toolbar. The video below is provides a short demonstration of Tidy Read in action.

Applications for Education
Tidy Read could be a handy bookmarklet to have installed on student computers if you are concerned about students being distracted by advertising on the websites that they visit.

Too much advertising or inappropriate advertising is definitely not appropriate for a classroom environment. That said,
I do have to point out that many of the great, free websites that have been featured on Free Technology for Teachers rely on advertising to stay online which is why I am hesitant to dismiss all advertising.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Block Ads With Ad Block Plus
Where to Find Firefox Tips and Hacks

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

PBL - Professional Learning Board Toolbar

The Professional Learning Board toolbar is a browser add-on designed with teachers and librarians in mind. The PBL toolbar provides a selection of tools that can help teachers quickly locate lesson plans and other educational resources hand picked by PBL. The toolbar also helps you quickly find grant resources and professional development resources.

I installed the PBL toolbar and tried it for a while. Many of the resources that found in the PBL toolbar had an elementary school and middle school focus. I prefer a clutter-free toolbar so the PBL toolbar didn't appeal to my visual senses. That said, it is very easy to use and I can see it being a great toolbar for some teachers.

Here is a screenshot of classroom resources tab in the PBL toolbar.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Quietube - No Nonsense YouTube Viewing

Quietube is a handy little browser extension that removes all the clutter from YouTube allowing you to view only your selected video. Quietube removes all advertising, sidebar content, comments, and ratings. Installing Quietube requires nothing more than dragging the Quietube button to your toolbard. Then anytime that you're on YouTube click the Quietube button to remove all of the clutter and just watch your selected video. The images below show the difference between YouTube and Quiettube.

Without Quietube.

With Quietube.

Applications for Education
If you're fortunate enough to work in a school that allows you to use YouTube in the classroom, Quietube is a handy little tool to have. On occasion I've wanted to show a YouTube video but I had to find an alternative because something in the sidebar or comments wasn't appropriate to display in the classroom.

If YouTube is blocked at your school, you may want to try one of these alternatives.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

UberNote - A Great Replacement for Google Notebook

UberNote has one of the best arrays of online note-taking tools that I've seen in a free application. UberNote gives users the ability to take notes from the web through a browser extension, take screenshots of websites, take notes through Twitter, take notes via email, take notes in AIM, or take notes using a cell phone.

The UberNote Firefox Toolbar allows you to highlight sections of text on the web and clip it to your UberNote notebook. If clipping text is not enough for you, you can take a screenshot of a website using the UberNote toolbar. Sometimes clipping text or taking a screenshot is more than you need, in which case you can simply bookmark a website using the UberNote toolbar. You can see a screenshot of the UberNote toolbar below.

I spend a lot of time on Twitter where I often see good links and get ideas while Tweeting with others. Using UberNote I can send note through Twitter to my UberNote notebook. AIM users can also send notes to their UberNote notebooks through their AIM accounts.

For former Google Notebook users Ubernote has an option for importing the contents of your Google Notebook to your UberNote account.

A video overview of UberNote is embedded below.

Applications for Applications
UberNote can be used for all of the same things that you used to do with Google Notebook. UberNote could be a good tool for students to use as they conduct research on the Internet to keep track of their sources. UberNote might also be used as a platform sharing notes and outlines between students.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cloudlet - Refine Google, Yahoo, and Twitter Searches

I try many Firefox add-ons, but only use a handful of them on a regular basis. Search Cloudlet is one of those Firefox add-ons that I use frequently. Cloudlet helps you refine your searches by generating a tag cloud of terms closely related to your original search terms. Clicking one of the tags generates a new list of search results. Originally, Cloudlet only worked with Google and Yahoo, it now works for Twitter searches too. Click here to learn more about Cloudlet and see screen captures of the difference between searching with and without Cloudlet installed. To install Cloudlet click here or here.

Applications for Education
Cloudlet is a handy Firefox extension for students to have when they are struggling to find relevant search results or are struggling to refine search terms.

A couple of related resources can be found here and here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Where to Find Firefox Tips and Hacks

By watching today's episode of Tekzilla I learned about MozillaZine. MozillaZine is a complete resource for Firefox updates, tips, and hacks to make your Firefox experience better. MozillaZine offers a knowledge base where you can learn about plug-ins, add-ons, and other Mozilla Firefox related information. Watch the video embedded below to learn more about MozillaZine and Tekzilla.

Monday, March 2, 2009

WebMynd - Google Search + Social Search

Considering all of the great add-ons that are available, it's hard to believe that anyone would not use Firefox. One such add-on that I just installed is WebMynd.

WebMynd does two things for you. First, it creates a visual record of your search and browsing history. Second, WebMynd serves search results not only from Google, but also from wide range of other sources including Twitter. For example, when I did a Google search for the term "igloo" I received Google results on the left side of the screen and on the right side of the screen I had results from YouTube, MSN, and Twitter. I also could have selected results from Flickr, Wikipedia, and even Linked In. The screen shot below is what I saw when did my "igloo" search with WebMynd turned on.

Applications for Education
The option to get search results from social media sites could yield results that might otherwise get buried in typical Google/Yahoo/ MSN searches. For example if you're looking for ideas for Kindergarten activities you might discover through social media results, ideas and resources that wouldn't have appeared in Google results until you got to the 10th, 11th, or 15th page of results.

Being able to go back and visually search through browsing history could be a great resource for students. Some students might not remember the title of a website or why they bookmarked it, but they will remember why they thought it was important when they can see it.