New Chrome extension for Opposing Viewpoints in Action

Check out the new Chrome Extension (beta) from Gale Cengage for the database Opposing Viewpoints in Action. Many of the classes at my school use this database as jumping off points for students selecting topics for research.

Traditionally, we have directed students to access the database from the Sunset Library webpage bit.ly/sunsetlibrary and I will encourage to continue to do that but the new Chrome extension now displays results from Opposing Viewpoints in Action alongside Google search results.


This is a game changer! We can now teach students the concept of “triangulation” and comparing the credibility of open web results with published articles from essays, academic journals, and reference books.

 Here are the directions of how students can install the Chrome extension.

Your students will need to fill out the database credentials listed to authenticate to your District account. Include:

  • Library Name
  • Gale Library Location Id
  • Gale Library Password Id

Note: This only works for Google searches on the Chrome browser (Chromebook, Mac or PC) with Opposing Viewpoints!

  I am VERY excited about the possibilities of utilizing this for research and also teaching other information literacy strategies, including source evaluation and advanced Google search techniques.

 The extension is in BETA but I heard from the Gale Cengage rep that other databases will be added after a thorough review.

 Happy Searching!

What Is A Chromebook?

ThingLink Project:  What is a Chromebook?  

 

Chromebook 101

 

  • Chromebook Benefits:
    • No hard drive, start up fast, work in constantly being saved, get another one, easily convertible from other platforms, touch screens
  • Chromebook Disadvantages:  
    • Limited software on the laptop, requires wifi,  must use Google suite, small screen, typing on a smaller keyboard
  • Features:
    • Everything is saved to Drive
    • Ability to use downloads for images & pdfs so you can transfer to flash drive.
    • Includes:  headphone jacks, built-in camera, USB, HDMI, and SD Media card slot 
    • Can drag Chrome apps to dock
    • If you sign into Chrome on your Mac, all your same apps & bookmarks stay the same
    • No printing from Chromebooks
  • Chromebook Distribution Options:
    • Numbered:  Accountability, placement
    • Any order:  quicker,  return plug out & up, leave them on the desk
    • Plug in at the end of the day
  • Chrome App Store  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps
    • Google apps:  Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Classroom, YouTube, Translate, Search
    • Education: Padlet, Socrative, ThingLink, Haiku Deck, Desmos Graphing Calculator, Gale Databases
    • Creative:  Canva, Pic Monkey, Pixl Editor
 

Google’s Chrome Browser vs. Chromebooks: Whats the difference?

A Chromebook is a different type of laptop. Instead of Windows or Mac OS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud.

Google’s Chrome browser is a fast, simple, and secure web browser that you can use on any type of computer or laptop. Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, history, and other settings to ALL your computers. It also automatically signs you into all your Google Apps for Education (GAFE) services.

What is the Chrome Web Store?  You can find apps, extensions, and browser themes for the Google Chrome browser in the Chrome Web Store. With these additions, you can do more with your Chrome browser or Chromebook.

  • These are a few of my favorite extensions:

    • goo.gl URL shortener — This is a Chrome extensions that installs a small icon next to your search bar.  Click on it and it will shorten any long URL into a short one and even provide you with a QR code for the link!

    • Tech Smith SnagIt – This Chrome extension will allow you to capture a section of your screen or even a video of your screen to save as an image or movie

  • Favorite Chrome apps to use with students that can be installed directly from the Chrome Web Store

    • Newsela – published news articles with various reading levels

    • Canva – Simple templates for graphic design

    • Haiku Deck – Simple but visually stunning presentation templates

    • Socrative – Formative assessments with quizzes, polls & exit tickets

So, if you use the Chrome browser on your laptop, save bookmarks, add extensions and apps – then when you log onto a Chromebook – your browser will look the same!  This makes it super easy for our students and staff to transition back and forth between devices.