The Google browser, Chrome, has a web store full of apps! If you have a Google account, you use that to sign into the web store and you can download any app or browser extension that you like? Some have a price, but most are free! I love the educational section because it offers a ton of apps for every subject area. Some apps have advertising that you have to get around, but others load right away and are ready to use! Here is my list of favorites so far.
1. Biodigital: This anatomy app loads a 3-D skeleton you can pan around and through. On the left of the model you can turn on different body systems to see them appear on the skeleton. Then you can get a closer look at these items and even dissect them. It really knocks the socks off the traditional classroom models that teachers use today.
2. Fractulator: I used this to help my daughter with her homework over mixed fractions one night. If it weren’t for this app I would have never noticed the mistakes she was making because I hadn’t solved these types of problems in YEARS!
3. Ge.tt: This file sharing app is as easy as drag and drop. Drag your files into the Ge.tt screen and it generates a URL to send to someone. All files are stored for 30 days unless you sign up for an account.
4. Quick Note: This app looks just like a notepad. I use this for note taking at conferences, meeting and observing other teachers. I love it!
5. Stopwatch: If you need a timer or stopwatch, this easy app will keep your lessons in sequence and on time!
6. Connected Mind: Mind mapping is great for planning out a story or thinking through an idea. This app is easy to use and very colorful.
7. Drawitlive: Collaborate with another person or show someone how to solve a problem with interactive whiteboard. When the app opens you choose a username, then the whiteboard appears with a link to send someone. When they open the link they can see the board and you can both chat and draw to communicate.
8. Periodic Table Game & Elementals: These are great for learning the table in different ways. One is a game to recognize the element and the other has an animation showing the number of electrons and protons. Both are great for any student learning the PT.
9. Little Alchemy: What happens when fire mixes with air? Mix some elements together and see what happens! Fun and interactive. The more you mix, the more elements you create to mix together.
10. Pixlr-o-matic: This great photo app has effects, overlays and borders that you can use with a webcam photo or a photo from your computer. No iPhone? No problem.
Have you used Chrome apps in your classroom? What have you found useful with your students?
**Another reference to check out: http://tjhouston.com/2011/07/25-chrome-web-apps-to-use-in-the-classroom/