Monday, November 28, 2011

Firefox Essential Add-Ons for Educators

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Firefox Essential Add-Ons For Educators


  • Updated November 28, 2011

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Add-ons in Firefox can support teaching and learning and seamless technology integration in the classroom! Here are some of the best add-ons for education!

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29 Add-ons in this Collection

Adblock Plus

by Wladimir Palant

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

2,567 reviews

13,987,107 users

Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web.

A short video overview is available at

Support this add-on: Contribute $5.00

Collector's Note
Tired of browsing for resources only to be bombarded by tons of ads? Adblock Plus will remove the ads from the page. And, it's customizable. Increase student safety while on the web.

Personas Plus

by Mozilla Labs

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

780 reviews

2,992,293 users

Personas are free, easy-to-install "skins" for Firefox. Personas Plus extends that built-in functionality to give you even more control and easier access to new, popular, and your own favorite Personas.

Collector's Note
Keep your students focused on the screen when you are presenting by quickly and easily changing your persona. Or, make a connection to the content you are teaching by choosing a persona that supports learning.

Ant Video Downloader and Player

by, camille.heliostech, others

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

236 reviews

530,122 users

With the Video Downloader, you can download video from Youtube or any other streaming site. Rare are the sites you will not be able to download from. We have integrated a flash video player too, so that you can play your files immediately.

WOT - Know Which Websites to Trust

by WOT Services

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

875 reviews

1,742,118 users

Would you like to know which websites you can trust? WOT shows you which websites are trustworthy based on millions of users' experiences. WOT is easy-to-use, fast and completely free.

Support this add-on: Contribute $10.00

Xmarks Sync

by Xmarks Inc.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

2,039 reviews

1,063,438 users

NOTE: Xmarks lives! Learn more at . Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking add-on. Keep your bookmarks, passwords and open tabs backed up and synchronized across computers and browsers.


by The FoxTab Team

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

1,230 reviews

1,160,853 users

3D in your browser! FoxTab brings innovative 3D functionality to your Firefox.

New! Top Sites for FoxTab (aka Speed Dial).

FoxLingo - Translator / Dictionary

by Linkular LLC

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

63 reviews

357,204 users

Web page and text translator, dictionary, grammar checker, auto translation, text-to-speech, and language learning services. Supports over 3,000 unique language pairs and 31 online translators, including Google Translate, Wikipedia, and Babylon. Lang...

Support this add-on: Contribute $5.00

Collector's Note
Help your ESL or Foreign Language Students students and their parents by teaching them how to use FoxLingo to translate an entire page or to use as a dictionary.


by The Cooliris Team

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

1,273 reviews

921,381 users

The Cooliris 3D Wall -- The fastest and most stunning way to browse photos and videos from the Web or your desktop. Effortlessly scroll an infinite "3D Wall" of content from Facebook, Google, YouTube, Flickr, and more.


by AniWeather

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

406 reviews

485,693 users

AniWeather = Animated Weather + Any Weather.

When it rains, it really does!

Collector's Note
Animated Weather for your classroom! Great reference tool as well as teaching and learning tool.


by AddThis

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

164 reviews

399,389 users

AddThis for Firefox is the best add-on to make sharing and bookmarking simple. Have all your favorite web 2.0 social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services at your fingertips. Share any page, anytime, with anyone.

Read It Later

by Idea Shower

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

629 reviews

358,926 users

Save pages to read later with just one click. When you have time, access your reading list from any computer or phone, even without an internet connection!

Image Zoom

by Jason Adams

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

264 reviews

441,270 users

Adds zoom and rotation functionality for images...

Support this add-on: Contribute $2.00

Collector's Note
Are you showing a map online and need to focus in on a specific area? How about zooming in to show students a link to click? Image Zoom allows you to zoom in using your mouse! :)


by The Cooliris Team

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

530 reviews

412,872 users

Browse faster -- Preview links and images without leaving your current page or tab. Just mouseover any link, and a separate preview window appears to show you the content. (TIP: Mouseover subsequent links while the preview window is still open!)

Collector's Note
Save time by using Cool Previews to see what a webpage holds and determine whether it is worth exploring further. Great for finding resources for lesson plans and research for projects.

Pixlr Grabber

by Ola Sevandersson

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

135 reviews

174,060 users

Grabbing screens and pulling images from the web just got a bit easier. With the Pixlr Grabber add-on, you can copy, save, share or even edit your final grabs - including any image or background - with just a right-click.

Collector's Note
Pixlr allows you to make screen shots of images right from your browser window!


by Arc90

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

155 reviews

81,286 users

READABILITY is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you are reading.

Collector's Note
Readability improves student comprehension by removing the clutter from a webpage allowing only the content and text of the webpage to be displayed. Increases safety!

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