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While there are a number of add-ons for educational purposes, the effort for individual teachers to discover these is high - particularly when many schools will not/cannot install extensions & additional programs 'ad-hoc'.
The project would bundle a browser to combine the optimal browser, with the best educational add-ons. This would also allow for the creation of 'standards' such that both add-on developers, and external companies (including Virtual Learning Environment and MIS owners) could ensure interoperability.
With regard to add-ons, the 'marketplace' solution has been effective for android/apple, etc. products - a similar solution could be deployed here to create a list of tested, useful tools with low risks.
This system would allow a central repository of tested addons for specified educational purposes, while allowing choices to be made to avoid 'bloatware'. It would also allow for the targeted inclusion/exclusion of addons for specific purposes - for example, schools may wish to engage more deeply with 'accessibility' addons where appropriate for their students; many schools currently will use the limited default systems.
It will also highlight areas that there are gaps in the creation of add-ons, allowing for their targeted creation - including by students & teachers. On top of that, such a system would allow the 'tagging on' of other resources, which in the case of some add-ons might include things like lesson plans/resources and VLE materials. In particular, we can imagine a 'research tools' pack, which might come with lesson plans to make best use of the tools to advance how students research, think about knowledge, and process that information.
Other sets of educationally interesting packs could include:
1) Accessibility pack
2) Research skills pack - including search tools, bookmarking tools, highlighting/annotating tools, etc.
3) Language packs, including translation, text-to-speech, language linked QR codes
4) Collaboration packs - to allow for safe, synchronous, sharing and exploration - both on individual monitors, and a 'front of class' display