Perusing Facebook and Twitter – I see more and more questions about the growing list of School Counselor Specialist Certificate programs offered by The American School Counselor Association’s ASCA U. Questions range from “is it worth the money and time” to “how much did you learn from the program” – I will aim to answer both about the two I have completed and the one I am delving into in a few months.
Cloud-based file storage wünderkind!
I have been using Dropbox for almost two years now, in both my professional and personal life. I use it so much that I now rarely store any documents on my local “My Docuements” folder, but most everything goes into Dropbox. Started in 2007 by MIT graduates, it quickly gained a strong following. They run on the “Freemium” model, which grants new users a free allocation of 2GB of cloud based storage. Users are able to earn more storage by referring new users and through other, more fun events they stage throughout the year. Last year, they held a large scavenger hunt throughout the internet for prizes and free storage space. Overall, it is a strong model and many companies are starting to implement this structure.
How many times do we tell our students to keep pursuing their educations and use words like “lifelong learners”? I would venture a pretty safe guess of at least daily if not many times a day. This is sound advice and one that we should be working our hardest to plant in our students minds, but I feel that educators often conveniently remove themselves from this goal/requirement. Why should we get the free pass on continuing to enlarge our knowledge base? Why do we think that, when we have gotten our credentials, masters degrees, or doctorates, our brains are suddenly saturated and cannot hold any more information or else it will go into overload mode? It amazes me the lengths some (note: I say some, most people reading this blog are not of this group) educators will go to avoid having to continue learning. (More after the page break!)