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How to mute Autoplay on the Chrome browser

I’m not the only one who thinks Autoplay sucks. It’s bad for accessibility, it clashes with your browsing. And its annoying…

Let me explain. Autoplay is when you open a site and a video automatically starts playing. It’s annoying!

This just happened to me: I was in a meeting, looking for an article on CNN and I opened a page and all of a sudden a reporter’s voice starts flowing from my laptop speakers. It was embarrassing and I silently cursed CNN’s autoplay videos…

Starting today Google has unveiled Chrome 64. This version allows you to mute (not stop) the autoplay. The downside side is you have to do it site by site, it is not a global feature . . . yet.

Here’s what you do. First check that your Chrome has updated to version 64. It does this automatically so don’t worry about having to go anywhere or do anything to achieve this.

To check click on Chrome (at the top) and select About Google Chrome.

It will then tell you what version you are on. If you are not on version 64 it will automatically start updating.

If it updated, quite Chrome and then reopen it. If it is up to date, then go ahead and go to one of those annoying sites that autoplay like CNN or CNET.

Click on the word Secure in the address line.

A dropdown menu will appear and from here you can select Always block on this site.

There is another way that is easier, but it does not seem to remember from one session to the next.

Go to the site and in the tab right click it and this menu will open.

Then select Mute Site and voila!

Death to Autoplay…


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6 Chrome Extensions Great for Students and Teachers

With Chromebooks gaining popularity in classrooms, many folks have offered guides on how to use some popular software like Microsoft Word and Office 365 on these otherwise seemingly stripped down machines. Though they may seem basic, Chromebooks and Chrome (as a browser for those not using Chromebooks) are probably more robust than you think. The Chromium project is an open source project for the browser and OS. Having open source code allows developers to make Chrome extensions for the browser that add features and enhance what your browser can do .
Chrome extensions run the gamut from games, gags, and pretty pictures to things that enhance your productivity, and make magic happen in one click. We’ve talked before about extensions that make thinking more visible, and others to generally enhance your browsing experience. The vast majority of extensions are free, and you can find them in the Chrome Web Store. We’ve collected 6 more that we think are worth taking the time to check out if you’re a teacher or student. Do you have a favorite that we haven’t included? Share with the Daily Genius community by leaving a comment below, dropping us a line on Twitter, or heading over to the Daily Genius Facebook Page and leaving us a note there.

6 Chrome Extensions Great for Students and Teachers


Readability aims to simplify your online reading by turning the content from the page into a simplified, clearer reading view. This can be particularly useful for students who are easily distracted by “all that other stuff” happening on the web. For all of us, it is easier on the eyes, and free of ads. It offers the option to save material to read later, and you can send things to your Kindle, too. This one also comes as a mobile app.

Google Dictionary

One of the perks of having your students read “real life” content is that they’re exposed to different language use than they may otherwise be; the downside is that may force them to spend more time looking up words they aren’t familiar with. The Google Dictionary chrome extension makes a handy little dictionary icon next to the browser’s URL field. When you come across a word you’re unfamiliar with, simply highlight the word and click the dictionary icon. Easy peasy!


Sidenotes is a note-taking extension that opens up a basic notebook in the sidebar of a webpage, allowing you to jot down notes on the side (as the name so aptly implies). All of your data can be backed up to Dropbox for you to access anywhere

Stay Focusd

Stay Focusd aims to well, help you stay focused by limiting the amount of time you spend on certain websites. If you know that you’re prone to going down a black hole of Reddit postings and emerge an hour later, you can set up a filter to block you out of that site after a certain amount of time, for a certain amount of time. You can block certain sites, all sites except those you whitelist, or certain content. Think of it as a helper for your time management problem.

Note Anywhere

Note Anywhere is a simple sticky note extension that allows you to leave a note on any webpage. When you return to that page, you’ll see the note. This is great for lesson planning ideas, or for anyone doing research.


Whatever word processing software you use likely has a spell checker, and likely your email. But you aren’t always writing using those tools, and spell check leaves it at just that. Enter: Grammarly. Wherever you’re writing online, it follows you around, ensuring your grammar is up to snuff and not making you look bad.

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55 Google tips for heading back to school

Just about everyone has officially gone back to school here in the U.S. So what better time to brush up on your education technology skills than right now? Before students are deluged with homework, exams, and social anxiety (good ol’ high school…), it’s a great time to take a step back and really dive into how web tools can make this school year a bit better.
Since Google is one of the most popular options for just about everything edtech (controversial statement, I know, but it’s a popular option to be sure!), I wanted to share a fun graphic filled with Google tips for heading back to school. Is it marketing and promoting Google’s own products? Yes. do millions of students use Google products every day? Also yes. Therefore, it’s worth checking out, methinks.

See Also:  How to use Google tools in Project-Based Learning

The graphic below is a static version of the Google tips (created by Google, obviously). Click the image or this link to view the interactive version that presents more information for each tip.
Below the graphic, you’ll find the tips spelled out for your convenience as well!
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55 Google tips for heading back to school

  1. Translate foreign languages without leaving your doc
  2. Divvy up the work for a group project
  3. Drop a video into your presentation
  4. Email your whole class with just one address
  5. Turn in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint assignments even when you’re using Docs
  6. Never sleep through class again
  7. Don’t miss important emails from teachers and classmates
  8. Make edits on the way to class
  9. Say no to hackers. Actually, we’ll say it for you
  10. Make sure your roommate isn’t reading your email
  11. Translate languages you don’t even recognize
  12. Snooze without losing your place
  13. Look up new words without looking up from your doc
  14. Do research in a language you don’t speak
  15. Amp up your selfies with code
  16. Host movie night whenever, wherever
  17. Look sharp for your homecoming date
  18. Master the art of group projects
  19. Free music for studying and partying
  20. Show your History class what it’s like to see the Pyramids
  21. Take a field trip from your laptop
  22. Read textbooks that translate themselves
  23. Save your most needed translations for language class
  24. Had a fun summer? Cue the collage
  25. Check if it’s game on or game off. Get the forecast fast
  26. Learn to code nearby
  27. Do homework on the go
  28. Hack photos and PDFs to say what you want
  29. Go ninja on identity thieves
  30. Keep your sources straight with easy footnotes
  31. A complete spreadsheet with less typing
  32. Run your own research study
  33. Ditch the note-cards and present with confidence
  34. Get your whole team’s info in one place
  35. Find a good time to host a study group
  36. Pretend you’re always this organized
  37. Study and compare images for Art History
  38. Get inspiration for your next paper
  39. Keep track of all your classes
  40. Keep off the freshman 15
  41. Never miss that weekly study group
  42. See your plans (and due dates) for the week at a glance
  43. Got a lot of research? Use a lot of tabs
  44. See who changed what in your group project
  45. Keep your selfies to yourself
  46. Never miss a homework assignment
  47. Back to school pranks? Lock your device to stay safe
  48. Work without interruption. Or WiFi
  49. Check your school and personal email in one place
  50. Hit the books where you want to, not just where there’s WiFi
  51. Take turns taking notes with Google Docs
  52. Create a password haters can’t guess
  53. Have a research question? Just ask
  54. Computer meltdown? Your files are safe online
  55. Avoid long-term relationships with textbooks
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5 time-saving Google Chrome extensions worth trying

Chrome isn’t my one and only browser, but it is definitely my favorite. I know a lot of you probably think that a browser is just a browser, but I prefer Chrome for a couple of reasons. Way back when, I liked that you could just type any search query into the browser bar (not limited to the search bar on the right in options like Firefox), though most (all?) of the other browsers do that now too. The big winner for me comes with the fabulous extensions available for Chrome. There’s a pretty wide range in terms of what they do and how they do it, so I’ll share a few of my favorites that I’ve been relying on lately.
Do you use Chrome? Do you have any favorite extensions that you think I’m missing out on, and should share with the Daily Genius community? Leave us a comment below, mention @DailyGenius on Twitter or head over to the Daily Genius Facebook page and tell us about your favorite Chrome extensions!

Pinterest Tab

Confession: I’m an over-tabber. If you look at my computer, I always have tons of tabs open. I use tabs for things I want to write about, things I need to remember to do, and for your basic multitasking. I always have one open for my email, one for my calendar, one for blogging, and the rest depend on the day and what I’m working on. So the new(ish) Chrome extension from Pinterest is right up my alley. It’s called Pinterest Tab, and once installed, it shows a nice photo (from Pinterest, obviously) along with some cues from your calendar (if any), the sunrise, sunset, time, and weather. Not bad for a free extension! You can choose from different categories of photos (like food, nature, architecture, animals, etc) to customize it a bit.

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How did Pinterest Tab know what car I wanted?


Google Quick Scroll

You can think of Google Quick Scroll as a little gnome that reads faster than you and highlights information most relevant to your search on the page you’re browsing. After you install it, it will show a little icon on the browser address bar when there is information on that page it can act on. When you search in Google and click on a search result, Google Quick Scroll may show you some relevant bits of text in the lower right hand corner of your screen. You can use that to easily discern whether or not that search result is indeed what you’re looking for. If not, you won’t have to have clicked on the link, scoured the page to find what you’re looking for, and then clicked back to your search once you determined it wasn’t. This ends up being especially useful if you’re looking for information that isn’t likely to be found easily in a search.

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I snagged this photo from the Chrome Web Store since it clearly illustrates what the extension can do through the use of handy red circles.


Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a non-intrusive Chrome extension that blocks all of the annoying popup garbage that can irritate you while you’re browsing around the web. As a bonus, it blocks things running in the background that data mine and track your user data and cause your browser to run slower. Once installed, it runs on all pages by default, but you do have the option of allowing certain things on certain pages if you want to go tinker around with the settings. It blocks out all sorts of things, as seen below. It is free, but they ask you to spread the word via social media if you like it.

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Look at all that annoying garbage I don’t need to see! Or be annoyed by!


Clickable Links

Don’t you hate it when you’re reading something that offers a web address that you’d like to click on and go to, but they haven’t actually linked the web address to where you want to go? Rather than yell at the ‘idiot’ who was too lazy to actually link to what you want to click on, the handy Clickable Link extension turns all of these annoyances into actual links. You’ll never know it is working once you install it, but you will notice there seem to be less idiots offering web addresses sans links. Since it is basically an invisible tool, you can test it out by clicking on this link that I’ve actually linked. 

This is the end of all non-clickable links.

This is the end of all non-clickable links.

Color Pick Eyedropper

For anyone who regularly toys with graphic design or photo tools, the Color Pick Eyedropper extension is a must. Click on it, and you’ll ‘grab’ the hex value for any color on any page you’re looking at. I use it when I need to match or blend a background in a photo or graphic to whatever I’m making. Simply click on the little color wheel on the right of your browser, mouse over the area that contains the color you want, and it shows you the hex code. Copy and paste into your software of choice. Done. Super simple to use and free.

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Just grabbing some #468040 green from Debbie Downer’s background


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