Ad Blocking and Other Browser Add-Ons
The good news is that the Internet has brought the world to our classroom and laptops. The bad news is that a lot of the ads that are included are annoying or unsafe.
Here are ideas that can help keep your computers safer and provide for a better viewing experience.
Adblock Plus blocks most/all of the ads when you view web pages and YouTube videos.
This is especially good in a class setting where there are already plenty of distractions. Blocking ads has the additional benefit of blocking a major path for viruses, malware and other web nasties.
Adblock will allow some non-intrusive ads in order to support websites. It's free to use, can be added to most major browsers, and is open source.
Highly recommended by our webmaster!
This is another Firefox add-on worth checking out. It allows you to fine tune how YouTube videos are displayed and played, with options to always (or never) use HD (High Definition), turn off annotations, change video player size, turn off auto-play, set video volume, control embedded videos and more.
There are equivalent add-ons available for Chrome and other browsers. Worth checking out.
Google Translator is a fast and handy translator built on top of the Google Translate for everyday use.Run into a word or phrase in another language. Highlight it and click on the popup icon to get a translation.
Great for ESL students and researchers of all ages.
Images can be enlarged just by right clicking and rotating your mouse wheel. It also allows you to rotate images and drag them out of the way on a page.
A very convenient feature to have in your toolbox.
Many of the resources here point to the Firefox version of the add-ons/extensions.
To find the Chrome version, go into the Chrome Web Store using your browser and search Extensions for the add-on name.
If you use Apple's Safari web browser, here's the instructions for finding and installing extensions like AdBlock Plus.