CraftyText allows you to display text across any webpage and appears in LARGE font. You can see in the image below that I wanted students to go to the website code.org. Instead of exiting out of the website I was on or having to open a new file to display the website, I was able to project the url within seconds. I just clicked the Crafty Text icon, typed in the web address, pressed enter/return and it projected across my screen. Students in the back of the room could easily see what they needed to type in without me having to repeat it out loud 1,000 times. Elementary teachers...you KNOW what I am talking about 😜
Project websites, vocabulary words, math equations, names, sentences, anything!
Crafty Chrome Extension #2CraftyCursor brings attention to your cursor when you are demonstrating where students need to click on their computers. My favorite part is that you can change up the colors.
Simply click on the extension's icon, choose your color and click "Start Highlighting". You can highlight text on a webpage and your cursor will be highlighted in the color you choose. When you click you will see the cursor POP with a red flash:
Crafty Chrome Extension #3CraftyLevel shows you the Flesch-Kincaid reading level of any web page you visit. Highlight the text on the page and click the CraftyLevel extension. The reading level will appear on the extension icon. As you can see below, this National Geographic for Kids website is close to a 6th grade reading level.
Crafty Chrome Extension #4CraftyRights forces Google image searches to only return results labeled for reuse. Although the extension can't make guarantees, this is still a good option for students to use when completing digital projects. The extension claims that if you plan to modify or use the image for commercial use then you should consider selecting a different license.
Crafty Chrome Extension #5CraftyZoom allows you to zoom in or magnify a part of any webpage. Simply click on the extension's icon and press AMD-SHIFT-Z or CTRL-SHIFT-Z and click on the part of the screen you would like to magnify. This really comes in handy when you are trying to show students small items/icon to click and using this extension provides a hard to miss visual cue.
I have received lots of feedback and a few questions since I wrote this post. So I put together a quick video tutorial to show you how these extensions work. Enjoy!
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