Thursday, May 21, 2015

Google Tone

Having a whole classroom of students get to a web site quickly can be troublesome, especially at the lower elementary levels. There are a few apps out there that allow users to send URLs to others easily. Many of us are familiar with Chirp. It is one of the most commonly used apps for this. It is great for sending a web link to a whole classroom of students on iPads/tablets/phones with just one click, but up until recently this was only useful on the tablets/phones. Chirp did just release their Chrome extension to do this as well. Google also developed a way to do this without the iPad/tablet or phone. They created an easy to use Google Chrome extension that allows teachers to send a URL to a whole class with the click of a button. It is called Google Tone. Once the extension is installed (on both teacher and student Chrome accounts) sending a URL is a simple as this:

     1. The teacher puts the site on their computer.
     2. The teacher clicks the Google Tone extension icon.

     3. A sound plays in the classroom (works best if over classroom speakers).
     4. The students get a notification that they can then click on.

     5. All students are now at the correct URL and ready to learn!

This works well. Give it a try and get the Google Tone Chrome extension Here

Below is a video of Google Tone in action:

If you want these steps in a document click Here!