School Counseling Technology Series – Google Docs Part 1 (Video Blog)

This week’s entry in the School Counseling Technology Series will cover part one of the Google Docs tutorial I have planned for you. This is a (most likely) two part video blog covering the different aspects of Google Docs, how we can use these powerful tools as educators, and a quick tutorial on how to use each program within Google Docs. Google recently changed their Google Docs to Google Drive, which has a down…

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School Counseling Techonlogy Series: Using Google Docs Form for Surveys
Jul05

School Counseling Techonlogy Series: Using Google Docs Form for Surveys

Gather Powerful Data to Drive Curriculum Using Google Docs Forms Counseling programs are driven by data and following the ASCA National Model. We want to make data based decisions in our programs, justify our processes, and let parents, administrators, and other stakeholders know how we are being effective. Surveys are a quick method to gather data from a large group of people that can be tabulated and compared or contrasted.  T…

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School Counseling Technology Series: Google Docs Part 2

Google Docs: Forms, Spreadsheets, and Drawings Welcome back to the second part of the School Counseling Technology Series featuring Google Docs. This is the second video blog entry of the two part general overview and walkthrough of Google Docs. In this video, you will see the form function, spreadsheet function, and drawing function in action. In my opinion – the form feature is the most valuable tool from Google Docs, so pay atten…

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School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)
May30

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

…etermine what types of initiatives they should tackle, and a foundation on the first program I will be covering…Google Docs. File Repositories and Common Sense These days, there are heaps of software programs to choose from that will fit any budget, skill level, and computing platform (Mac/PC/Linux). Websites like www.download.com and www.filehippo.com are repositories which collect these files and provide them to users like us in one convenie…

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Google’s Nexus7- the iPad killer?
Jul27

Google’s Nexus7- the iPad killer?

…r a terribly late arrival (due to the high demand) my Nexus 7 finally arrived. A 7-inch tablet made by Asus and Google, it provides stiff competition for the industry leading iPad. From my few weeks of playing with the N7, I have been thoroughly impressed. I had never had an Android device before (I had owned an iPod Touch and played with iPads) and I have to say I am sold. The N7 is priced right – at $200 for the 8GB and $250 for the…

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Video Blog: Using Google Maps to Show College Applications
Dec20

Video Blog: Using Google Maps to Show College Applications

Use Google Maps Engine to display info in a new and interesting way! (Note – this tool will be deactivated by Google in January 2016. I will be working to update if a similar tool is released or found) As a high school counselor – every year we have college application and admissions seasons. The fall is when most of our applications are submitted and the spring is when most students will hear back on their decisions (and make final…

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School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox
Jun21

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

…#8220;Cloud” (or digital storage on centralized servers that are accessible everywhere) in my posts about Google Docs. It allows users simplified collaboration, centralized access to their folders and files, and automatic backup options. From a school counselor’s point of view, Dropbox is a powerful tool that lets us distribute files (like: permission slips, scholarship info, application guidelines, graduation requirements, and anythi…

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Ask The Geek: Sharing Google Forms…
Apr27

Ask The Geek: Sharing Google Forms…

…but not let those lucky peeps mess up your stuff! Check out the video to learn what my best suggestion for a work around is! Unfortunately, Google does not let us do this natively but through some strategic planning and instructions – we make it work….

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