The Road to Naviance – A One Year Review
Jan18

The Road to Naviance – A One Year Review

Take a journey with me through the first year of Naviance implementation. This is an update to a series of posts I wrote almost a year ago about my Road to Naviance which are linked to here if you would like to read it for some context. I hope to share some of the cool things that Family Connection has allowed us to do and some things I feel could be improved or better implemented through other means. Short history – when I came to m…

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The Road to Naviance – Part 2: Getting the ball rolling
Oct02

The Road to Naviance – Part 2: Getting the ball rolling

Welcome to the second part of my trek to integrate Naviance (@Naviance) into my counseling curriculum. You can find the first post of the series here. Since my last post, I have had a few new things come up while building my case for bringing Naviance to my school. I met with my principal and registrar a few weeks ago and had a good discussion with them laying out the great features that Naviance offers. They were both supportive and prov…

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The Road to Naviance – Part 1: Where to start
Sep13

The Road to Naviance – Part 1: Where to start

As a techie Counselor, I naturally was drawn to the software suite that is NavianceNaviance is a well rounded package that allows school officials, counselors, students, and parents to research, plan, and proceed to apply to colleges around the globe. I knew when I started that I wanted to try to get Naviance into my new school. I needed to know where to get started in making that happen. I used the contact option on Naviance’s…

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The Road to Naviance: Part 3 – Training
Mar08

The Road to Naviance: Part 3 – Training

…play around with an empty account has got my wheels turning regarding all the possibilities that will come from Naviance and how much it will help our students and families. One suggestion to Hobsons / Naviance: it would be helpful and I feel you would get more clients if you made a demo account available to play with for schools and districts to see the features in action. It would have been easier to convince administrators by showing them the…

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Follow-Up: My Interview Kit
Jul12

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

…rview (and the cost factor), I decided to go the CD route for my digital portfolio and ended up buying some labels and disc jackets for one district (with more people). I spent ~$12 on both the CD labels and disk jackets, but it creates a professional looking product. Imagine if you just wrote your name on the CD with a Sharpie. I also used Avery’s website label developer to integrate the background from my portfolio onto the disc labe…

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School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io
May17

School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io

Highlighting two tools: one for your students and one for you! Learnerator.com The first tool that I want to highlight for you may come a little late for you high school counselors this year, but a good time to get it setup for the next. Learnerator is a website and AP Test study aid that my students have really enjoyed. I have heard pretty good reviews from students and teachers regarding the usefulness and I know it is pretty inexpensive for a…

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Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Changed My Life
Mar23

Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Changed My Life

Many years ago, I made a move that will change how I utilize my computer(s) for good. Yesterday, I posted a blog post about Mouse Without Borders – a program that lets you use one mouse/keyboard to control multiple separate computers. However, what if you only have one computer? Did you know that there have been multiple studies (like this and this) showing the increased efficiency and productivity through using a two (or dual) monitor se…

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The Geekly Update: Why so quiet, you ask?
Sep01

The Geekly Update: Why so quiet, you ask?

If you have been paying attention, I have not posted anything since the 8th of August — which is a long time in the blogosphere. I have many ideas brewing and another interview I would like to get setup in the coming month, but I wanted to give you a very short update as to why such a long silence from me. I recently moved and started a new job in the Lake Tahoe area as the high school counselor at a small high school. We moved mid-Augus…

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