Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Simple Timer Plug in for Firefox

In my district, I'm starting to prepare a "universal design" version of Firefox. To this end, I've been on the hunt for great add-ons. I was recently reading Richard Byrne's blog and I saw a Simple Timer add-on. It could help students manage their tasks and their efforts when working on online research.

My ultimate goal is to have the "universal design" version of Firefox that I compile loaded onto every computer over the summer. I will couple this with professional development to help teachers encourage students to utilize universal design features appropriately.

Do you have any Firefox add-ons that you can't live without? Let me know.


  1. Simple Timer is great.

    Our Michigan Accessibility Collection is at
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/ira-socol/mits2009/ for PC
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/ira-socol/32ffaa9b-8a8d-20cf-f764-4ee358/ for Mac O/S

    - Ira Socol

  2. Our "Freedom Stick" - based on RSC-Scotland North+East's LearnApps - features an accessible mobile version of Firefox


    - Ira Socol

  3. Kristen,

    With so much of our student reading being done online now, we really have to focus on eliminating distracting aspects of websites. To this end, I've added Readability to every machine I handle in schools. It strips everything out except the text. It may not be a plug-in though. I think it's a greasemonkey script.

  4. Patrick,

    Readability is an add-on. That an Textise (similar) are in the Access Packs above. There is really no reason not to install the whole suite on your school's image. You may want to turn off some of the toolbars as a default setting.

    You can also look at the "Freedom Stick" version of Firefox Mobile for pre-set bookmarks.

    - Ira Socol

  5. Readability is also one of my favorites. It is great for middle school students especially! Thanks for all of the great ideas.



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