Tag Archives: Google Drive


When the Technology Changes on You

When we use technology extensively in our teaching (or work in general, really), how do we handle unexpected changes to that technology? Here are some thoughts and workarounds. (note: this was inspired by the recent change on Twitter from stars to hearts)

A Website Disappears

Someone recently tweeted about how a website suddenly disappeared a few hours before she was planning to use it in her class. I pointed her to the Wayback Machine (if you haven’t heard of this, it’s an internet archive – y…


Open Thread Wednesday: the Cloud


The Cloud is where it’s at. This is probably not news to anyone who reads ProfHacker. We’ve talked about cloud storage for years: Dropbox, Spider Oak, Google Drive, and Copy. There are also other options like Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Now Amazon is upping the ante. Amazon Prime membership ($99 or $49 for students) already includes unlimited photo storage and an additional 5GB for video and files.  Now, for an additional $60 a year, Amazon Cloud Drive is offering “Unlimited Everyt…


Batch Convert Word Documents to PDF in Google Drive

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PDF format is very useful for any documents that are going to be shared with others, whether by posting online, via email or printed as hard copies. Using PDF means that you can control not only the content but also the presentational formatting, and ensure that what you create will remain consistent for your audience. PDF was designed to be cross-platform and is accessible from a variety of machines and devices.

Recently, I was reminded of a simple approach to batch converting Microsoft Word d…


Open Thread Wednesday: Online Storage Edition

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…


Keeping Your Offsite Twitter Archive Fresh: A Fix

A year ago I wrote about Martin Hawksey‘s awesome hack that keeps your offsite Twitter archive fresh. This tool takes your Twitter archive (a complete set of your tweets, which you can request from your Twitter settings) and then daily adds your latest tweets using a Google Apps script. The archive resides in Google Drive as a regular web page. For example, here’s my archive.

Unfortunately, sometime in December 2013, Google changed something with its scripting language, and this broke many insta…


Drive Notepad: A Browser-Based Text Editor for Google Docs

On Monday, I showed you how to host a website on Google Drive, which is a free and easy hosting solution. What if you want to edit the content you’ve uploaded to your website? Well, in a helpful comment, ProfHacker reader Chris Clark points us to a Google Drive app called Drive Notepad, which turns out to be a pretty darned impressive text editor: “View and edit all kinds of text documents in your browser. Includes syntax highlighting for many scripting and programming languages.”

This app is no…


Host a Website on Google Drive

Google-DriveLast month, Mark showed us how to use Google Drive to host a continuously-updating archive of a Twitter account. Doing so means taking advantage of a new Google Drive feature, “site publishing.”

Now, maybe I just hadn’t had enough coffee when I was working on implementing “site publishing,” but it seems to me that the instructions provided by Google are not as helpful as they could be. It’s actually pretty easy, so I put together what may be an excessively detailed, step-by-step guide for under-caffeinated people like me. (This guide assumes you already have some HTML content you’d like to publish. And, as always, be mindful of the stability and security–or lack thereof–in the cloud. )

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Keep Your Official Twitter Archive Fresh

Fresh Produce[Editors' note: this is a draft that Mark Sample uploaded to Profhacker last week. We have been unable to contact Mark for the final revisions, so we are posting it as-is. Our apologies for any errors.]

In late 2012 Twitter began rolling out a long-requested feature: a complete archive of a your public (non-DM) Twitter activity, from your very first tweet up to the moment you request the archive (from your Twitter Settings page). Shortly after you submit your request, you’ll be emailed a uniqu…