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

…r 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 downloadable program that syncs a folder on your PC with all of your Google Docs files — this is not required to use Google Docs. This first…

School Counseling Techonlogy Series: Using Google Docs Form for Surveys

School Counseling Techonlogy Series: Using Google Docs Form for Surveys

…ts lose the paper, forget it at home, or are simply bored with the format. Counselors also have to manually input the collected data, which is a pain. This is when it is time to use the gift that technology has given – Google Docs Forms. Forms is a in depth, yet simple and user-friendly method to survey students, teachers, parents, etc. and have the answers automatically entered into a table, ready to be analyzed. I have created a basic…

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)

…monkey.com/), have focus groups, and obtain feedback from all stakeholders regarding your ideas and intentions. I could spend a while discussing this, but that is another topic and I may blog about it at another time.   Google Docs (Recently Changed to Drive) – An Office In The Clouds Finally today, I want to briefly touch on our next focus – Google Documents (or Docs…now Drive). I will have a video blog going over the various tools,…

5 Top School Counseling Apps for Your Mobile Devices

5 Top School Counseling Apps for Your Mobile Devices

…t admin_label=”Hangouts” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] 4 – Google Hangouts- Free Google Hangouts is also another must have for me. I use it to check in quickly with my colleagues (especially in the office) about questions and to hold non-time sensitive conversations. I like that I…

Google’s Nexus7- the iPad killer?

Google’s Nexus7- the iPad killer?

…counseling program, articles about my favorite apps, and other featurettes about my new toy, so stay tuned. Below are some photos of my device, a video showing some of the features hands-on, and the exact specifications from Google.   Purchase a Nexus 7 in the Google Play Store More Info: https://www.google.com/nexus/#/7/specs SCREEN 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) Back-lit IPS display Scratch-resistant Corning glass 1.2MP…

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

…districts or schools are headed. With the many tools available and at a much lower cost than licensing the same number of Microsoft licenses. 2 – Slides is accessible from any internet-connected device. Just like with Google Drive – Google Slides is only a login away from any where you may be in the world with an internet connection. What is nice about this is you are not tied to your device. You also don’t have to worry about…

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

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

…physical map with pushpins in the main office, but something that is really neat to do is be able post these things online. We have the technology! I betcha didn’t know you can map college apps & more for free! w/ Google Maps, you can! #scchat Click To Tweet Google Maps is a free and easy way to map nearly anything and everything and host it on any website or link. This can be used for college admissions, but another awesome tool is…

School Counseling in the Cloud – Keeping Safe with Drive, Box, and Dropbox

School Counseling in the Cloud – Keeping Safe with Drive, Box, and Dropbox

…nts to falsify their (and other students to cover their tracks) community service hours. This was finally discovered, we painstakingly reviewed every single revision the account made in the months in question (one plus about Google Docs is the ability to track changes!) and fixed the issues they created. It was a lot of work but ultimately, with hard copy backup documentation and double checking, were able to get accurate data back in place and…

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

…ox is a powerful tool that lets us distribute files (like: permission slips, scholarship info, application guidelines, graduation requirements, and anything else you can think of) to anyone we share the link with. Also, like Google Docs — users can elect to have people visiting the shared folder full access (read/write) or read-only access through sharing of a link (not able to make changes to files or delete them). In order to start using…

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