• Clear the Cache

    • Click on the three vertical dots on the top right of the browser toolbar to open the Chrome menu
    • Click on More tools
    • Clear Browsing Data
    • Check the boxes next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files"
    • Click on Clear browsing data. The Chromebook cache and cookies and now deleted. 

    clear cache in chrome settings

  • Clear Passwords

    How to Clear Your Saved Passwords in Chrome After a Network Password Change

    If you choose to allow Chrome to remember your network password, it makes logging into district websites convenient until you go through a forced network password change. Don't worry, it takes just a few clicks to clear out your old password and then you will be smooth sailing again. To manually clear passwords, follow these directions: 

    1. On your computer open Chrome
    2. At the top right, click the vertical three dots (lovingly called the "shish kabob")
    3. Click Settings
    4. At the bottom click Advanced
    5. Under Passwords and forms, click Manage Passwords
    6. Under Saved Passwords, find the website you want your password cleared
    7. Click the three vertical dots on the right and choose Remove

    If that seems like too many steps, the best practice would be to add a tile in Webdesk of the site you are accessing and then let the program keep up with your passwords. Even if you are forced to change your password, it just takes a confirmation in Webdesk and you are all done. For more information on how to use Webdesk, click here!

  • Update Chrome Browser

    Install the latest Chrome OS from App Depot 

    The district updates the Chrome browser periodically. The latest version of the Google Chrome operating system is available for install in the App Depot. 

    app depot

    chrome in app depot

  • Sign Into Chrome

    How to Sign-in to Google Chrome

    (Note: You do not need to follow these instructions if using a Chromebook. Users are automatically signed into Chrome when signed into a Chromebook.)

    First, open the Chrome web browser. 

    1. Click on the person on the top right of the screen. 

    2. Click "Sign into Chrome".

    sign into chrome

    3. Enter your PISD email address and network password. The student email address is their username@mypisd.net (firstname.lastname.#@mypisd.net). Example: becca.smith.1@mypisd.net. 

    That's it! Note that you can add more than one Google account if you have them. For example, you can click "Manage People" to add your personal Gmail account to easily toggle between your Gmail account and PISD Chrome account. 

  • Kiosk Mode for Chrome

    Visit the FAQ on the Chromebook Academy.

  • Why Use Chrome?

    • The Chrome browser is a Google product, so the Google Drive components naturally work better in Chrome.
    • When you log in to the Chrome browser, Chrome syncs across all your devices. You always have your preferred settings, saved features, and browsing history - wherever you log in.
    • Chrome allows you to switch between two or more Google accounts on the same workstation, keeping your personal life and your work life separate. OR keep family members' accounts separate.
    • Available extensions and apps greatly increase the browser's functionality.

  • Chrome Menu (Bookmarks, History, Incognito, Add User, etc.)

    Access the Chrome menu options by clicking the three dots at the top right of your Chrome window, (sometimes referred to as the "shish kebab"). If there is any kind of alert about Chrome, this symbol will be an orange circle with an exclamation mark.

    Incognito Window

    The incognito window allows another user to log in to their Google account in a new window, without your having to log out of your Google account, or out of your computer. It also allows for "private browsing," meaning that history in Incognito Mode won't be saved. To access, click the Chrome menu, then New incognito window. (Not available on student accounts.)

    The Incognito window is also helpful if you want to see how/if a Google doc/website is visible to people outside PISD.

    History and Bookmarks

    View your history from any device where you've logged in to Chrome! Very helpful for students who are researching at school and then can't remember how they got to a particular site when at home.

    Click the Chrome menu > History.

    When you click Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar you will see the small Apps launcher button at the far left of the bar, just below the back arrow button. The Bookmark manager is helpful for organizing your bookmarks.

    Themes

    Click the Chrome menu > Settings and scroll to Appearance

    Click Get themes and browse your options. Try out a few!

    Enable "OK Google"

    On a Chromebook, you can enable "OK Google" by checking the box under Search in Settings. Useful for young students or those with print disabilities or mobility impairments. This allows students to initiate a voice search in google.com, the apps launcher, and when opening a new tab.

    Add a User

    Do you ever wish you could log in to your personal Gmail account while at school, without having to log out of your school account? Or do you share a computer at home with family members and want to keep your browsing separate from your children's? Google makes it possible for you to have separate instances of Chrome available/open on a workstation at the same time.

    Click your profile on the top right > Click Add  (Learn how on this Google Support page)

  • Chrome Tips and Tricks

    Navigating Google Chrome can be a snap with these frequently used tips and tricks.

    🆕 “.new” Shortcut

    Did you know you could open a new Google file on the go? Simply type in the address bar (omni bar): 
    "Docs.new", "Slides.new", "Sheets.new", or "Forms.new".  Great for an instant collaborative space for you and your students, taking notes, or quick tasks. (Learn how on this Google Support page)

    📚 Manage Tabs

    Quickly access tabs, click on tab, right click and select:

    • Pin Tab - Pins tab to the left without “x” close option.
    • Duplicate Tab - Navigate to multiple links without losing place.
    • Group Tab - maximizes tab real estate, group tabs and name them to stay organized. 

    🎀Manage pages

    • Save it as a bookmark - Click the star on the address bar
    • Send to another device - Click the arrow icon, select send to your devices, choose device.
    • Share with a QR Code - to create QR code, click on arrow icon, click QR Code, snip or save the image
    • Share to social media (*new) - Click arrow icon, select social media platform, edit and post.

    ⏳ Shortcut Hacks 

    • Keyboard Shortcut click sheet - Check out this one-pager of the most popular keyboard shortcuts
    • CTRL - click Link -opens link in new tab
    • Tab Shortcuts
      • Ctrl-Tab - Switch between tabs quickly without fear of accidentally closing tabs.
      • Ctrl-T - New tab
      • Ctrl-Shift-T - Reopens last closed tab(s)
    • Zoom control
      • CTRL +  zoom out
      • CTRL - zoom in
      • CTRL 0 - revert to original

  • Chrome Settings

    To edit settings in the Chrome web browser,

    1. Click on the three vertical dots on the top right of the browser. chrome vertical dots Notice that from this menu you can easily open your Bookmarks, open an Incognito window, view your History, among many other tasks. If you click "More Tools" you can add Extensions. 
    2. Select Settings. 

     chrome vertical dots and settings

     

    If you see an orange exclamation point rather than the three vertical dots, it's just a message about an extension. You can click on the message to accept permissions. 

    orange exclamation point in chrome browser

  • Logging in to Chrome VS. Logging in to Drive

    Chrome sign-in can sometimes be confusing, because you can think you're logging in to the browser when you're really logging in to either Google Drive or Google Docs. If you're logged in to Chrome, you are logged in to Drive, but not vice versa.

    There are a couple of ways to be sure you're signing in to the browser:

    When you launch the Chrome browser, the homepage is often set to chrome://chrome-signin. Enter the email address and password associated with your account.

    OR

    Open Chrome, click the Chrome menu > Settings, and click Sign in to Chrome. Enter the email address and password associated with your account.

    OR

    Open Chrome, click the silhouette to the left of the minimize icon (top right corner of the screen) and select Sign in to Chrome there.

    When prompted, click Link data to sync all your apps & extensions. (You will do that the first time you log in to Chrome on a device.)

    Note: when you're on an unfamiliar workstation, it's always a good idea to go back to Settings at the end of your session to click Disconnect your Google Account..., then Clear data and disconnect.

    If you're using a Chromebook, you sign in to everything when you sign in to the Chromebook.

  • Search Drive from Address Bar

  • Chrome Tip

  • What are Chrome Apps, Extensions, & Add-Ons?

    Chrome Apps and Extensions help improve the functions and features of the Chrome browser on your device. 

    What's the difference? Extensions VS Web Apps VS Add-Ons

    Chrome Web Store  - Extensions and Apps - includes several recommendations for and how to install/remove extensions and apps

    Add-Ons for Google Forms

    Add-Ons for Google Docs

    Even more awesome Add-Ons!

    ***NEW*** Add-ons for Docs, Forms, Sheets, and Slides are now located in the GSuite Marketplace. If your Add-on is "Unavailable for Install," and notes that "App not whitelisted for install by admin," contact your CTA to submit a Helpdesk ticket. 

  • How to Add/Remove Apps & Extensions

    How to Add Apps and Extensions

    1. Go to the Chrome Web Store.

    2. Search for the App or Extension that you want.

    3. Click "Add" next to the App or Extension.  

    Instructions on how to install a Chrome Extension

    How to Remove an App

    1. Go to chrome://apps.

    2. Right-click on the App that you want to remove and select "Remove from Chrome".

    How to Remove an Extension

    1. Click on the puzzle piece next to your profile. Click Manage Extensions.

    Extensions icon

    OR

        Click on the three vertical dots on the top right of the Chrome browser. Select More Tools and then click Extensions. 

    chrome settings, more tools, extensions  

    2. Remove the Extension(s) by clicking Remove or disable the Extension(s) by turning the toggle button off. 

    Image showing what to click

  • Apps for Students

    Apps for Students

    Desmos Graphing Calculator - plot functions, create tables, animate graphs, and more

    Floorplanner - create floor plans with the option to add many objects from the library

    GeoGebra - dynamic mathematics software

    Google Keep - virtual post-it note system works across all platforms

    Jamboard - online collaborative whiteboard

    Kindle Cloud Reader - read your Kindle books in your browser

    Math Studio - online computational software

    Newsela - daily news articles at five different reading levels

    Pixlr Editor - edit photos online

    Pixton - shortcut to Pixton site where students learn to read and write with comics

    Powtoon Edu - shortcut to the popular animation creation site

    Seesaw - student portfolio tool

    Speechlogger - very accurate speech-to-text and translator software; integrates with Google Drive

    Storybird - digital story-building tool

    StudyStack - allows students to create and access flashcards for memorization purposes

    ThingLink - create interactive images with "hotspots" containing rich content

    WeVideo Next - create simple videos using images and videos from your Google Drive

  • Apps for Teachers

    Apps for Teachers

    Cacoo - drawing/diagramming tool with real-time collaboration. Use Cacoo for Google Hangouts during a video chat!

    Canva - shortcut to everybody's favorite graphic design tool

    Coggle - collaborative mind maps

    EdPuzzle - make any video into a lesson by adding quizzes, audio explanations, and more.

    Google Classroom

    Google Keep - virtual post-it note system works across all platforms

    Lucidchart for Edu - collaborative diagramming tool

    Math Studio - online computational software

    Mindomo - mind mapping; real-time collaboration, works with Google Drive

    Momentum - beautiful start pages, helps you stay focused

    Nearpod - awesome way to deliver lessons and do formative assessments in real time

    Newsela - daily news articles at five different reading levels

    Pixlr Editor - edit photos online

    Scribble Maps - create and share custom maps

    Seesaw - student portfolio tool

    Speechlogger - very accurate speech-to-text and translator software; integrates with Google Drive. Try the translator feature for communicating in real time with parents whose primary language is not English.

    Storybird - digital story-building tool

    ThinkCERCA - teach critical thinking through argumentative writing

  • Extensions for Students

    Extensions for Students

    AdBlock Plus - remove annoying, distracting ads

    Alice Keeler Classroom Split - allow students to have their Google Classroom directions side by side with their work

    Cite this For Me - automatically create website citations!

    Crafty Rights - automatically defaults Google Image searches to "Labeled for Reuse"

    Dualless - split and merge windows

    Equatio - Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn. Compatible with Docs, Forms, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings.

    Eye Dropper - Pick any color from a webpage and use the information to make custom colors on your presentations, websites, or visuals.

    Fluency Tutor - Make websites easier to read by removing clutter.

    Google Translate - translate an entire webpage or just a highlighted section of text

    Google Dictionary - double-click on a word on a website and see the pop-up definition

    Grammarly - spell check and grammar check as you type online

    Kami - annotation and markup tool for PDFs

    Memorize - enter a list of questions and answers, set a time interval, and the questions will pop up randomly as you are at your computer

    Mercury Reader - Makes websites easier to read by removing clutter and distractions.

    QR Code Extension - Allows to generate a QR Code for the current page and scan a QR Code using the webcam.

    Read Aloud - converts text to speech on webpages

    Read and Write - great help for ELL students and/or those with dyslexia or other learning difficulties

    Readability - removes clutter and reduces distractions to make an easier-to-read web page

    Save to Drive - save web content or screen shots to Google Drive

    Screencastify - instantly create a screencast with one click.

    Screenshot Reader - screenshot reading support for Read&Write for Google Chrome.

    Scrible - annotate web pages

    Stay Focusd - restricts the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites.

    Talk & Comment - Voice Notes Anywhere - record your voice, it creates a link, paste it anywhere. You must remember to remove the "(voice note)" at the end of the URL before pasting the link.

    WeVideo - screen and webcam recorder

    Ziteboard - Zoomable realtime whiteboard for shared teamwork collaboration.

  • Extensions for Teachers

    Extensions for Teachers

    Alice Keeler Open Side by Side - right-click any link; select Open Side by Side to open new page on right side of the screen.

    Bitmoji - insert your bitmoji directly into email and other docs

    Crafty Rights - automatically defaults Google Image searches to "Labeled for Reuse"

    Draftback - Let's you playback the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit. Useful when checking for plagiarism.

    Dualless - Easily split your screen

    EdPuzzle - by installing Edpuzzle's Chrome Extension, you will get a small unobtrusive button under all YouTube videos so that you can start making them into your next lesson. You don't ever have to remember to go to edpuzzle.com to plan your next video-lesson, do it anytime as you comfortably browse through your favorite educational YouTube videos.

    Equatio - Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn

    Eye Dropper - Pick any color from a webpage and use the information to make custom colors on your presentations, websites, or visuals.

    Giphy -GIFs & Animated Stickers online, add to slides, docs, email, etc.

    Google Classroom - instantly push out a website to all students in your Google Classroom. Works awesome on Chromebooks!

    Google Keep - Save to Google Keep in a single click!

    InsertLearning - Insert instructional content on any web page. InsertLearning saves teachers and students time while keeping students engaged. Teachers can insert questions, discussions, and insight directly into any website. When students go to that website, they can respond to those questions and discussions, see that insight, and take their own notes.

    Kami - annotation and markup tool for PDFs

    Library Extension - see if your local library has the book you're trying to buy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

    Mote - easily add voice comments and feedback to shared Google files and in Google Classroom

    Nearpodize - Turn your Google presentations into Nearpod lessons in just a few steps and instantly engage your students

    Nearpod for Classroom - Nearpod's Google Chrome extension for Google Classroom allows teachers to create Nearpod Assignments within Classroom.

    OneTab - when you have too many tabs open, click this extension to condense them all into one tab. Saves memory & reduces tab clutter!

    Pinterest Pin it Button - save websites and images to your Pinterest account with a single click

    Pocket - save websites from any device to your pocket for reading later, even offline. You must have a Pocket accounttoo.

    QR Code Extension - Allows to generate a QR Code for the current page and scan a QR Code using the webcam.

    Realtime Board - drag & drop files onto the board and save screenshots into the library

    Save to Keep - Handy note keeper, share with others, access anywhere (🤸‍♀️Keep Tips and Tricks)

    Scrible - annotate web pages

    Screenshot Reader - screenshot reading support for Read&Write for Google Chrome.

    Screencastify - instantly create a screencast with one click.

    Symbaloo Bookmarker - quickly add a webpage to your Symbaloo board

    Tab Scissors/Tab Glue - split your screen so you can see websites side by side

    Tab Resize - resize the current tab and tabs to the right into layouts on separate windows

    Talk & Comment - Voice Notes Anywhere - record your voice, it creates a link, paste it anywhere. You must remember to remove the "(voice note)" at the end of the URL before pasting the link.

    Wakelet - Save and organize multi-media resources (articles, videos, images, Tweets and more) from across the web, then share with students, teachers and learning communities.

    WeVideo - screen and webcam recorder

    Word Cloud Website Preview - quickly display a word cloud summary of a website

  • Extensions for Office Support Staff

    Extensions for Office Support Staff

    Bitmoji - insert your bitmoji directly into email and other docs

    Eye Dropper - Pick any color from a webpage and use the information to make custom colors on your presentations, websites, or visuals

    Google Keep - Save to Google Keep in a single click!

    Grammarly - grammar and spelling checks

    Kami - annotation and markup tool for PDFs

    OneTab - when you have too many tabs open, click this extension to condense them all into one tab. Saves memory & reduces tab clutter!

    Pixlr Editor - edit photos online

    QR Code Extension - Allows to generate a QR Code for the current page and scan a QR Code using the webcam

    Screencastify - instantly create a screencast with one click

    Tab Scissors/Tab Glue - split your screen so you can see websites side by side

    Tab Resize - resize the current tab and tabs to the right into layouts on separate windows