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My Favorite Web Browser Extensions For Virtual Learning

After taking over three dozen virtual classes and countless more online hybrid classes, I have learned firsthand how using web browser extensions for virtual learning can make a huge difference in how well I do in my virtual classes. While these extensions don’t help me with tests or quizzes, they do me with accessing online content and making it easier to use my computer for long periods of time. Here are my favorite free web browser extensions for virtual learning and how they help me in my online classes in college.

What are web browser extensions?

Web browser extensions are tools that users can add to their favorite web browser to increase productivity or add additional functionality to their browser that doesn’t come built-in by default. Some web browser extensions can be accessed offline or within other applications, though most require some form of internet connection. My favorite web browser extensions for virtual learning are a mix of productivity, accessibility, and educational tools.

Blue Light Filter Guard/Blue Light Filters

For anybody that is going to be working on the computer for a long period of time, I highly recommend downloading Blue Light Filter Guard (or a similar web browser extension) or enabling computer settings that block out blue light. Blue light can contribute to eye strain and eye pain, and studies have shown that it can also affect sleep patterns if people use technology before they go to sleep. Users can find blue light filter extensions on any web browser, or they can configure settings on their device to decrease the amount of blue light.

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Microsoft Editor

Microsoft Editor is a free web browser extension that can check for spelling and grammatical errors in writing, and tell users how to fix them. This is a game-changer for online discussion board posts, as it can automatically detect when users make a spelling mistake or when something they are writing doesn’t make any sense. Microsoft Editor requires a free Microsoft account and is available on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, as well as built into select Microsoft applications like Word.

Previously, I recommended Grammarly as one of my favorite web browser extensions, but this has changed since I learned Grammarly doesn’t work well with screen readers. However, for students that don’t use screen readers or text-to-speech, Grammarly is another viable free option.

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Simplified Reading Displays

One of my all-time favorite tools for reading digital content with low vision is a simplified reading display, which applies a consistent font size, font style, and background color to digital text. This makes it easier to read content without having to zoom in on a page, edit content, or enabling other accessibility settings, and makes it easy for users to simplify reading with technology. There are different simplified reading display options for various web browsers, though my m0st-used simplified reading display app is Immersive Reader.

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Pocket is another free web browser extension and app that allows users to save web pages and other content to read offline at a later time. It works beautifully with accessibility tools such as screen readers and magnification, and is also available on a large variety of platforms including iOS, Android, and even Amazon Alexa. Users will need to create a free account to use Pocket, but the web browser extension is available on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox (where it is already built-in), Microsoft Edge, Opera, and more.

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AdBlock Plus

While I may not encounter many ads within my online courses, I have definitely run into lots of ads on websites when researching information or reading articles. Besides being visually distracting, some of these ads can actually be dangerous for me if they have lots of animation or flashing lights. Because of this, I have multiple ad blockers enabled on my devices and I disable auto-play whenever possible, but once of my favorite ad-blocking web browser extensions is the classic AdBlock Plus, as it does a great job of blocking out advertisements on websites. AdBlock Plus is available for Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and more.

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Turn Off The Lights

Turn Off The Lights is a web browser extension that helps to reduce the clutter around videos on streaming websites such as YouTube and Vimeo by darkening the display so only the video is in focus. I find this especially helpful when taking notes for a class, as I don’t have to worry about visual distractions and can easily focus on whatever I am watching. Turn Off The Lights is available for free download for many popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and more.

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My Favorite Web Browser Extensions For Virtual Learning. My favorite free web browser extensions for virtual learning that I use in my college classes. Available across several popular web browsers!