Tech for Teach

Chrome Browser and Extensions

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Japan is the land of precedent. Once something becomes standardized, it is extremely hard to change. So it is with technology. Japan is the only country still with Yahoo as the largest search engine/portal. Everyone else has switched over to Google (China, Russia and Korea have home-grown search engine/portals). Another example: Japan still uses Times New Roman (or Century) as a font for resumes. Those are out of fashion as easier-to-read fonts have become more popular (Helvetica).
We can also see that while Japan is still using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as its main browser,

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the rest of the world has moved on to Chrome, the browser made by Google.

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The reasons for this are that Google’s browser is faster, more secure, and simply works better, in more languages, than Explorer.For language learners and teachers there are other additional reasons, such as integration of extra software, where you can customize how the browser works. These are called extensions. You can make Chrome translate or get a dictionary definition of every word on every web page. See my 2-minute video of how to install dictionary and Translate into Chrome.

Using Chrome Extentions from TokyoKevin on Vimeo.

And if you use Gmail and Google Drive, or use an Android phone of Google Maps, there is even more reason to use Chrome, because all of these work better in Chrome.
If you use more than one computer, you can have all your browsers synched, so you will have all of your settings the same on every computer, even if you change something on just one computer.
Microsoft’s new browser is coming out soon, and they are trying to play catch-up. They have not understood cloud computing like Google has, and they are now trying to copy features that have long been part of Chrome.
No need to wait, just download Chrome today. When you install it, you can copy all of your bookmarks over from your old browser.
(Note: Other browsers like Firefox and Safari offer alternative experiences, but most web developers use Chrome as the standard now, so most web pages are built for Chrome.)

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