The Portal to Learning: ‘Steam for Schools’ at your school
Jun26

The Portal to Learning: ‘Steam for Schools’ at your school

…ers to make concepts in physics, math, logic, spatial reasoning, probability, problem-solving, and collaborative learning interactive and fun. Students are able to be engaged with their learning and use what they know about their subject in a virtual world. Although debated, Dale’s Cone of Experience (seen below) is a good visualization of how we learn and retain information – doing and re-teaching provides the most retention for stud…

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Professional Development: The use it or lose it phenomenon.
Jun19

Professional Development: The use it or lose it phenomenon.

…ot of heavy “lifting” (those text books can get heavy), but don’t let yourself get out of your learning routine. You have to continue pouring in knowledge through professional development opportunities. I am going to cover several opportunities from various, differentiated learning avenues you can take. Most school districts offer professional development from time to time or funds to seek out your own, but most likely they will…

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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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Professional Development: Coursera — Courses for Everyone
Jul03

Professional Development: Coursera — Courses for Everyone

…ur Pro-D This week’s entry will be a video blog help you learn how to utilize, navigate, and maximize your learning through Coursera.org. Coursera is an online learning community that collaborates with top Universities like Stanford and Princeton to bring high quality college level courses to users around the world — for FREE. You can access courses from Finance to Computer Science and Social Network Analysis all from the comfort…

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School Counselor Community Scholarship Award Post – ASCA 2014 Recipients
Feb26

School Counselor Community Scholarship Award Post – ASCA 2014 Recipients

It is my pleasure to announce… For this year’s School Counselor Community Scholarship for ASCA 2014, our two full scholarship ($350 counselors / $269 grad students) recipients are (drum roll please):   Bridget Helms of Jane Ball Elementary School in Cedar Lake, IN Katie Powers, Graduate student at Brandman University in San Diego, CA   A partial scholarship ($175) is being awarded to:   Karon Parrish of Star City Middle Scho…

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eLearning Software – Interactive is key.

Raptivity Example The Attention Battle Teachers, counselors, and all educators are finding the challenge of captivating our students is ever increasing. With the popularity of younger and younger students playing video games, using smart phones, and demanding a higher level of interactivity in their lives — how can we keep up? Edudemic posted an article claiming that one possible solution can be to integrate interactive coursew…

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Ask The Geek: Tool Resources from the 2013 CASC Conference Table
Nov13

Ask The Geek: Tool Resources from the 2013 CASC Conference Table

This year, I am lucky to be a member of the California Association of School Counselors board as the Technology Chair. I will be hosting a technology learning support desk at the conference coming up this Friday and Saturday at Chapman University. If you are here – you either are a reader of my blog (yay!) or you came and talked with me at the table (awesome!). Below I am linking to some resources with some Getting Started With……

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ANFSCD: Moment of Self Reflection
Nov04

ANFSCD: Moment of Self Reflection

I learned something new about myself last week… I thought I would take a few minutes and self-reflect and share some thoughts with you that may help you at some point. Background: Last week we had a middle school student pass away unexpectedly in a pretty unclear circumstance. Details are still not released officially and we are not sure if they will be, but needless to say it was devastating to our two school sites. Th…

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