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…

School Counseling Techonlogy Series: Using Google Docs Form for Surveys

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.  Typically,…

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 attention…

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

Good day counselors, teachers, administrators, or other interested folks. Last week I did a short overview via video blog about what I hope to cover in this series, what you can expect to feel when learning new tech skills, and helping calm some fears. This week, I will give you a few resources on where to start to acquire basic software needs (which we will use in upcoming posts), steps a counseling program should take to determine what types…

Living In The Cloud: Google Team Drives

Living In The Cloud: Google Team Drives

A new feature for the Cloud based giant I wanted to share a pretty recent feature added to many Google Apps for Education users and districts. Most people are pretty well-aware of the power of Google Drive, but in the last few weeks they actually added some functionality to the platform. This comes in the form of Google Team Drives. The name itself is pretty intuitive and self-explanatory – it allows you the share a common Drive space…

Google’s Nexus7- the iPad killer?

Google’s Nexus7- the iPad killer?

After 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…

Public Speaking Tips for School Counselors: Tools for Totally Awesome School Counselor Presentations

Public Speaking Tips for School Counselors: Tools for Totally Awesome School Counselor Presentations

Welcome to the second chapter of the Public Speaking for School Counselors series. If you missed Chapter 1 – just click here to check out the tips from the first installation of this series to frame the content of this post. 3 out of 4 Americans fear public speaking (some more than spiders, heights, and even fear of death) and I know many school counselors share that fear. School counselors at all levels will be required to prepare and…

Video Blog: Using Google Maps to Show College Applications (Updated)

Video Blog: Using Google Maps to Show College Applications (Updated)

Use Google Maps Engine to display info in a new and interesting way! Update: This tool is back! Access the custom maps by going to google.com/maps and in the hamburger menu (the horizontal line menu button the the upper left of the screen) select “My Maps”. From there you can create any number of maps. Simply then search for the point of interest and add it to your map via the pop up menu and corresponding button. See the video for…

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