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

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

…at you can look through and practice using Portal 2 or give the program a trial run. Forums are available for help and support. Encourage your teachers and administrators to look into this free offering from Valve to enhance learning opportunities in multiple learning styles. Please share this article with your teacher friends and administrators via Twitter, E-Mail, Facebook, Google+, or word of mouth! The blog author, Jeffrey Ream M.S, PPS,…

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

…nt place. Many of the programs on these websites are primarily free or free-to-try, but there are paid versions listed as well. There are words of wisdom to pass along about these two sites – for the number of good pieces of software to download, there are two terrible ones. All software is screened and virus tested by the sites, but they do not scan out stuff called “bloat-ware” and other annoyances such as automatically installing vendor bars…

eLearning Software – Interactive is key.

…in another format. When we use technology, we do so to improve and enhance our lessons, programs, or processes…not duplicate or completely replace (in most cases). Luckily for those of us who cannot code a new piece of software – someone has taken on that burden and helped educators be able to create your own learning interactions. There is a service called Raptivity that provides templates (180+) which you can modify and…

Professional Development: The use it or lose it phenomenon.

Professional Development: The use it or lose it phenomenon.

…and strengthened. So what? Now that you are counseling, teaching, or running a school — you have done a lot 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…

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

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

…tware is no longer under development but still secure with downloads at the bottom. I use it and am confident in its function, but you can also look into BitLocker for Windows too. For school counseling purposes – this software is handy, pretty easy to use, and will keep those out that need to be kept out. I do use Dropbox (Install here) to store some of these folders because the encrypted folder makes it impossible (nearly) to access…

All About The “1 to 2” – A School Wide Program Focused on Studying

All About The “1 to 2” – A School Wide Program Focused on Studying

…res, and have to get to someplace quiet to focus so you can use your working memory to its maximum—well, welcome to the clan of the creative. Having a somewhat smaller working memory means you can more easily generalize your learning into new, more creative combinations. Because you’re learning new, more creative combinations. Having a somewhat smaller working memory, which grows from the focusing abilities of the prefrontal cortex, doesn’t lock…

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The Road to Naviance – Hitting Our Stride in Year 2

The Road to Naviance – Hitting Our Stride in Year 2

…d the scenes screenshots of Naviance: This slideshow requires JavaScript. A major activity that has helped establish this awareness and engagement is the use of Naviance’s Course Planner feature in all of my Individual Learning Plans (ILPs). Using your Student Information System (SIS), Naviance allows you to import all of your course data and be able to create a course list/catalog in Naviance. Throughout last year, I spent time putting…

Following Your Favorite School Counselor Blogs – Feedly, Bloglovin, and Email

Following Your Favorite School Counselor Blogs – Feedly, Bloglovin, and Email

…m a fire hose. The constant influx from social media, network news, and all of our favorite school counseling blogs can quickly become overwhelming. You may have some other similarities to me like trying to keep up with your learning efficiently. Luckily for both of us – there are ways to help streamline our information feeds and I am going to show you some of my favorite and most popular tools. When reading blogs – you have a few…

3 Years Ago Today…

3 Years Ago Today…

…resident Obama is re-elected for his second term in office. …and The Counseling Geek’s first post is published. Just like a developing 3 year old child – The Counseling Geek is growing into it’s body, learning about new things, and expanding understanding of the world around it. While I think I am beyond some of the developmental milestones of saying my name and age, understanding time better, and running more confidently…

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