Find online resources using Chrome
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Use Chrome to perform a search query in the address bar
- Translate a web page into a different language
- Bookmark or save a website
- Install a Chrome app or extension
The following scenarios show examples of how educators use Chrome in their classrooms.
Translate online research
A 6th form (final year) teacher in England, Mrs. Wainsby teaches literature from all over the British Isles, especially less-known poetry. When researching online, she often finds Welsh reviews of Welsh poems, Irish reviews of Irish poetry, Cornish reviews, Manx reviews, etc. She spends a lot of time asking friends to translate these poems and reviews to determine which poems she would like to use.
Now, she uses Chrome’s translation feature to translate Welsh and Irish pages to English. This saves her time and allows her to choose poems from throughout the British Isle for her class in half the time. It also takes her less time to develop a translated poetry reading list for the class since she can start with an automatic translation and then improve it from there.
Save educational material for review later
Dr. Mkanga teaches primary school reading and is always researching different and improved literacy teaching methods. During his breaks throughout the school day, he sits on a shared, school computer and jumps from educational website to educational website. He is always surprised by the woman hitting the gong saying it is time for the next subject. He quickly closes the tabs and websites so he can rush back to class.
When he returns to the computer lab, he has trouble remembering what websites he visited and how to find them again. Luckily, last week a technology coach showed him the bookmark feature in Chrome. Now, as he researches online he saves each web page. When he returns and signs into his Chrome profile, he easily retrieves all of of his saved web pages and can continue his educational journey.
Create tutorials and edit images
A standard 3, primary teacher named Ms. Mariposa studied graphic design, animation, and education. And she still uses her design skills by creating fun educational stories and tutorials on the computer for her students. She likes to include the students in the stories so she uses pictures she takes in class with her camera.
Unfortunately, because she only has access to a computer and tablet at school and it is difficult to create the stories on her phone, she only finishes one story every six weeks, working 1-2 hours after school each day. It not only takes a long time to create the tutorials, but it also takes a long time to edit images. The school computer literacy teacher showed her some Chrome extensions and apps that help teachers create tutorials and edit images. Now, Ms. Mariposa creates one story a week because she is able to make the stories and tutorials in one tenth of the previous time.
Perform a search query using the address bar (omnibox)
- Open a Chrome browser.
- Type your search query or search terms in the address bar, the white bar at the top.
- Translate a page into a different language
- Click the Chrome menu on the top right of the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- In the Languages section, select or de-select Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language you read.
Bookmark or save a website
The easiest way to create a bookmark is to click the icon in the address bar. Here are other ways that you can quickly create bookmarks.
- Use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+D (Mac: ⌘-D)
- Import bookmarks from other browsers through the Chrome menu
- Manually add a bookmark. Right-click the bookmarks bar and select Add page.
- Drag a link from the page that you're viewing to the Bookmarks bar or a bookmark folder to create a bookmark for the link. [Advanced: Similarly, you can also drag the globe or lock icon in the address bar to create a bookmark for your current page.]
Install a Chrome app or extension
First, find out if Chrome Web Store is available in your country. If it is available, for apps, visit the Chrome Web Store and choose from the Apps on the page. For extensions, visit the Chrome Web Store and click the Extensions options in the left panel to browse the different extensions you can add to your Chrome. An example is Google Input Tools which can help when typing in multiple languages.
Part A. Find answers online
Part B. Practice translating and saving pages in foreign languages
Practice searching sites in another language that fall into the following categories. You can search for sites in your country that use a different language than the one you speak, or you can search for sites from other countries. For each site you find, translate the page into your home language, and then bookmark the site.
- A newspaper site
- A school site
- A social networking page for a business, person, or organisation
- A government site
Part C. Explore apps and extensions
- Check if the Chrome Web Store is available in your country. If it is, browse through the apps.
- Search for educational apps or apps with educational applications. Which is your favourite?
Part D. How will you use Chrome in your classroom?