This week, I would like to share some great tools for teachers that are fantastic to have in the classroom. Google Translate is a Chrome extension that can help translate words and phrases with a simple highlight and click. Once added to your Chrome, the translator will appear whenever you highlight words that are not in English.
Then, with a simple click, the extension pulls up Google Translate and automatically detects the language and translates it to English.
I would strongly recommend this tool for people who are educating EAL students or teaching any language. I thought that this was a great tool for me because I am currently learning Spanish for my learning project, which you can check out here.
I also tried out Skitch, which is another Chrome extension that allows me to screenshot and add in the orange square and arrows that you see above. I would strongly recommend this tool as well as it is such an easy way to create instructional photos.
Both of these tools help us utilize technology in the classroom in a positive way. However, they are both very small additions to our daily tasks, therefore I believe would fall under Augmentation in the SAMR model. They are both able to make a task much simpler and also create functional improvements to translating languages and editing photos.
Overall, it is so important to use technology to our advantage in the classroom. There are a large amount of resources out there for us, but we just have to search for them in order to benefit us and our students!