As I type, the Google doodle says that it’s the search engine’s 18th anniversary, which is a very long time of continuing to provide relevant search results on the internet. Google’s search engine, though, has long done far more than that, which brings me to the topic of today’s post: internet speeds.
From time to time in everyone’s life, it can be useful to know just how fast your connection to the internet is. Maybe you’re trying to decide whether to prep for class by reviewing a video, or to…
Alternate keyboards in iOS are one of those things that sound helpful, but can quickly devolve into procrastination engines. For every Text Expander keyboard letting you use your full panoply of text expansion options on your devices, there’s a celebrity-sponsored emoji app.
Last week, though, Google managed to release a keyboard that is simultaneously useful and not creepy: Gboard.
GBoard does four things, each of which is in principle a great addition to typing on iOS:
Recently, I found myself involved in a conversation about clickers. The topic under discussion wasn’t their usefulness in the classroom, but the fact that there are a number of different types available, and as the manufacturers update their products, equipment that’s already in use may end up obsolete.
As I listened to the concerns being raised, I thought that, if I needed to do in-class polling (which I’ve not as yet had occasion to do), I’d probably just use Google Forms. The thought wouldn’t…
Who doesn’t love Google Earth? The basic version has done a lot to lower the barriers to entry to basic ways of visualizing spatial data. Prior ProfHacker posts on Google Earth include Konrad’s explanation of how to add an image to Earth to look at historical changes, and Erin Sells’s assignment for mapping novels.
In case you missed it, on Friday Google announced that they have reduced the price of their professional-grade version, Google Earth Pro, from USD$399/year to free. Google Earth Pro …
[Tim Lepczyk is the Director of Faculty Instructional Technology at Hendrix College. You can follow him on Twitter at @thirdcoast.--@JBJ]
Google’s new app and interface for Gmail, concisely named Inbox, tries to streamline email and thus make “inbox zero” more attainable and less something one needs to chase. Currently, the app is available through invitations only, but one can request an invite through a friend or through Google.
The idea behind Inbox is that email is a task and the goal is to…
Since ProfHacker first launched (can it really be five years ago?), we’ve written numerous posts referencing Google Docs. One of my own earliest posts dealt with using Google Docs in my writing course when portfolio readers might still need paper copies of students’ work, and Ryan’s written about using it to run a peer-review writing workshop.
Google Docs remains an excellent tool for working with students on their writing skills, and in late June, Google added a new feature that makes it even m…
There’s been a lot going on for Google lately. Since just before the end of April, Google has made changes to its mobile apps, introduced a new tool for educators, and run into some trouble in Europe. Given the degree to which All Things Google play a role in our lives (for good or for ill), it seems appropriate to offer some brief commentary on each.
The change to Google’s mobile applications was a pretty significant one. Previously, everything you wanted to do with any docu…
[Note: this post is adapted from part of a talk I recently gave to the NJEDge Annual Faculty Showcase.]
It’s no secret that we at ProfHacker like GoogleDocs. Ryan Cordell has used Google Docs to run a peer-review writing workshop, and George Williams has previously written about using GoogleDocs to take collaborative notes at conference sessions. Guest poster Thomas Burkholder wrote about using Google Forms. I have used all of these, and today I’m going to share yet another use: for compiling a…
Many of us have more than one email account these days. I have several, I’m afraid, though I don’t need to use all of them regularly (thankfully!).
Still, there are three that I use on an almost daily basis: my personal account, my main work account, and the account of the office I currently direct.
While I could use a desktop email client to manage my email (and I sometimes do, for backup purposes if nothing else), all three are GMail accounts. Since I also make extensive use of Google Calenda…
As Amy wrote on Tuesday, Google recently announced “add-ons” for Google Docs and Sheets, new tools that “extend the functionality of these two pieces of Google Drive.” However, there was another big announcement related to Google Drive last week: they’ve significantly lowered their prices for storage:
15 GB: Free
100 GB: $1.99 per month
1 TB: $9.99 per month
This is pretty impressive, and I’ll be interested to see how (or if) people start migrating away from a service like — say — Dropb…