Chrome Extensions You Need for College!

Chrome Extensions You Need for College!

Inspired by @envikatonya’s viral Tiktok video sharing her favorite chrome extensions to use for online learning, we have gathered other extensions that can be useful for you as a college student! These extensions vary from cite machines, studying timers, online highlighters and notetaking, and more. Check them out and download them to get the most out of your Google Chrome experience.

Essay Writing

One Tab: Puts all open tabs into one 

Workona: Separate tabs into different folders and saved for the next time you need them

Weava: separates tabs into different workspace and all tabs you need are ready, rest are saved  

Zotero/MyBib:  citing your sources

Grammarly: spelling and grammar check

Studying

PodCastle: converts website into realistic podcasts for when you have to read longer articles 

Pomodoro Timer: timer to keep track of your studying 

Picture-by-Picture: video watching while on another tab

OneLine: highlights one line of text making it easier for folks w/ dyslexia, ADHD

Night Shift Redux: changes the color of webpages to restrict eye-straining

Miscellaneous 

Coffeeling: daily mood tracker

2048: a puzzle game for a brain break

 

Get Connected! Internet + Technology Services

Get Connected! Internet + Technology Services

As students and educators go online, the digital divide between low income, BIPOC students, and other students has never become more apparent. According to a 2019 report by the Public Policy Institute of California, only ¨between 54% and 67% of low-income, rural, African American, and Latino households had broadband subscriptions in 2017, compared to 74% for all households¨. This means there are students without any internet connection to access their school work. In addition, in many of these cases, there is also no home computer, and if there is, it is being shared by multiple people. 

California, however, has stepped in to make online learning accessible to everyone.  About 56,700 laptops and 94,000 hotspots have been sent to districts across the state so far and the California Department of Education announced that it will be granting $5 million to local districts to purchase 20,000 more devices or hotspots. This will be a huge beneficiary to Black and Latinx students specifically in rural areas who typically lack this access even before the virus. 

If you or someone you know needs internet access or an electronic device as we go digital, below are some resources you can access. In this list, you can find different internet providers that have lowered their cost for students, along with where you can find low-cost computers. In addition to these resources, feel free to contact your college to see if they have a loaner program for students regarding laptops or other electronic devices. You deserve all the tools to have a successful semester! 

Human-I-T

Human-I-T believes that through social entrepreneurship, opportunities are created for our world to become more inclusive, sustainable, and bold. We inspire and empower people through technology and information to achieve their full potential. This isn’t just our mission. It’s our purpose.

Low-Cost Internet, Affordable Computers, Free Digital Training – Download flier here

Other reduced-cost or free internet access:

Information on low-cost computers:

Northern California: in English and Spanish

Southern California: in English and Spanish

Free or Reduced-Cost Social Services

Free or Reduced-Cost Social Services

Free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training and more can be found around your area! Food or reduced-cost services are services that are free or are at a reduced cost for people with low-income. These services are also available for people with undocumented status. 

General:

  • Aunt Bertha is one of the largest and most used online social care networks for individuals looking to connect to Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) in the United States. To get started, input your zip code and Aunt Bertha will connect you with CBO’s near you. 
  • The Employment Development Department (EDD) of the State of California provides to keep employers, employees, and job seekers competitive. This website provides additional resources that may help you. 

Reduced cost or free internet access:

Information on low-cost computers:

Northern California: in English and Spanish

Southern California: in English and Spanish

Databases that include services for undocumented communities