Chrome Apps & Extensions

Teachers must be logged into their BCPS Google account when accessing Google Workspace tools for use with students and for any BCPS related work.

ISTE Standards for Students

    • Empowered Learner. 1d - Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

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Overview

Grade levels: Primary, Intermediate, Middle, High

BCPS users have access to add approved Google apps and extensions to a device in order to customize the user experience. Users must be logged in with a BCPS Google account in order to add apps and extensions.

Teachers should NOT install non-approved Google Chrome extensions. If non-approved extensions have been added, they should be removed from the BCPS device and Chrome Browser profile. They can cause user issues and/or violate digital safety standards.

Apps vs Extensions

The terms apps and extensions are often used interchangeably. For BCPS users, the term app refers to an application or program that is physically installed on a device. Approved Chrome Apps for BCPS users are accessible from a Chromebook via the BCPS Google Play Store icon on the Chrome shelf. Teachers and students do not have access to search for and install additional apps.

For BCPS users, the term extension refers to additional features that can be added to enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. These extensions are typically added to customize the user experience. Several extensions are automatically installed for all BCPS users including Kurzweil Read the Web, Office, and GoGuardian. Additional extensions can be added as needed by accessing the BCPS Chrome Web Store via the shortcut located in the Chrome app launcher on a Chromebook or by accessing the store online from a PC device. Teachers and students should only select extensions from the displayed approved list.

Only extensions automatically deployed and/or in the BCPS Chrome Web Store are approved and can be installed.

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Adding Apps from the Google Play Store

Chromebook

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Adding Extensions from the Chrome Web Store

Chromebook or Chrome Browser from PC

The following Chromebook Apps and Chrome Extensions are currently approved by BCPS and available for BCPS users.

Chromebook Apps

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Available Apps: Access all available apps to BCPS Chromebook users in the BCPS Google Play Store. This is not a comprehensive list of all BCPS approved Chromebook apps.

Chrome Extensions

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BCPS Forced Extensions: These extensions automatically populate when a user logs in to a BCPS Google account.

Math Learning Center Extensions: These extensions allow users to access an app version of the resource directly from the Google app launcher on a Chromebook. They are also accessible within the BCPS Links folder in the bookmarks bar.

Additional Available Extension: View all additional extensions available to BCPS users in the BCPS Chrome Web Store. This is not a comprehensive list of all BCPS approved Chrome extensions.

    • Record Voice Online (Teacher use Only) - Record audio or video from your microphone or webcam. Record audio and video from your microphone or webcam (or both) right in your browser. You do not have to install anything on your computer.

    • Screencastify - Screen recorder that allows you to capture, edit, and share videos in seconds. Enjoy unlimited recordings up to 5 minutes each - with no watermark, ever!