21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Learn about web extensions that improve Chrome browser experience for students with special needs.

Technology is a powerful tool for all students – including students with special needs.  There are many useful Chrome web extensions to improve success for struggling learners. Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. This list has been organized into five main categories.   Each extension is listed only once, even if the extension fits into multiple categories.

  1. Text to Speech
  2. Readability
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Focus
  5. Navigation

Text To Speech Extensions

  1. Read&Write for Google Chrome
  2. SpeakIt!
  3. Announcify

Readability Extensions

  1. Readability
  2. OpenDyslexic
  3. BeeLine Reader
  4. ATbar
  5. MagicScroll Web Reader
  6. Readline
  7. Visor
  8. High ContrastColor Enhancer

Reading Comprehension Extensions

  1. Google Dictionary
  2. SentiSum:Smart Summarizer

Focus Extensions

  1. Simple Blocker
  2. uBlock Origin
  3. Move It

Navigation Extensions

  1. Click-free Browsing
  2. Vimium
  3. CrxMouse
  4. Caret Browsing

For details about each of these extensions, go to Control Alt Achieve’s article, Google Tools for Special Needs.

The following video is an hour long webinar, “Google Tools for Special Needs” by Eric Curts and is part of the SPARCC EDTech Webinar Series.

By Diane Brauner

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