Wow! This activity was really helpful. I decided to make personal relevance a priority over professional use as I try to make new technology enjoyable rather than scary. In this Thing, I found more Apps than Extensions that were really fun. I had never gone into the Google Store before so I was pleasantly surprised by all of the free offerings.
For APPS, I installed Currency Converter, TweetDeck, Solitaire, Wine Maps, Singapore Bus Routes and Cooking Recipes. Of these, TweetDeck has the most potential for professional use. I created a Twitter account during our PD day in February, and this app has immediate applicability. For solitaire, this one is slower and not as good as the one that Apple has for iphones and ipads. Wine Maps and Cooking Recipes are just fun! Wine Maps has all kinds of links to other websites, tours, etc. It will be very useful for future trip planning. The Singapore Bus Routes is wonderful! You can zoom in close to see not only bus numbers, but each of the stops and the overall route for that particular bus. I think it will be particularly useful next school year.
For EXTENSIONS, I installed Clock, Ads Blocked, Clearly, Cookies, Thesaurus and Cooking Converter. I installed quite a few others, but when I tried to use them I found them to not be as helpful as I first thought or just too difficult to learn. So I learned how to get rid of them! The Cookies and Ads Blocked are just nice to have as kind of behind-the-scenes workers. The Thesaurus definitely has application to school. It seems to only work on websites…..not word documents. But it also includes sections on quotes and translations among others. It will be nice to use throughout the year, but will be especially useful in the fall semester during rec letter writing season.
My APPS and EXTENSIONS are personal, so applicability to others would really be based on interest for most of them. However, TweetDeck and Thesaurus would both be helpful to students and staff. I think that Clearly could also be in that category, but I haven’t played with it enough yet to see how much I will like it. I installed it based on Alicia’s demo!