Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tech Thursday: Blocking Ads Online

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How many times have your students been on a perfectly legitimate educational website, and BAM! an ad pops up on the sidebar that is totally inappropriate and not at all related? I'm talking about the bikini-clad woman selling diet pills that sends your students totally off-track... or worse! It happens to me all the time! If you can convince your students to use Google Chrome as their web browser (or do like I did, and make it nearly impossible to even find Internet Explorer on our classroom computers!), there's a plugin that will totally fix your problem.

Google AdBlock is a FREE plugin for Chrome that removes almost every ad from websites! Installing couldn't be easier, just follow this link. Where I have "Added to Chrome" in the right hand corner, you will see "Add to Chrome" instead. Click the button, and you're done! FYI - depending on how your students log in, this might have to be done for each student.

It even shows you a little counter in the top right hand corner of the browser with how many ads have been blocked. I've seen this number in the 20s or 30s after a little while on Facebook! It even blocks those annoying auto-play video ads!

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  1. Kristen this sounds so neat. Will it work on my Samsung phone. Juliet added Google chrome to it for me. Those ads drive me crazy. Thanks for the tip.

  2. This is an awesome tip! Our whole school is using Google Chrome, so this will be a great tip to share with the teachers:)
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  3. Great tip! I can't stand adds that take over the pages I am trying to look at. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for the great tip! I really need to convince my school to stop removing Chrome from all the computers!!!


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