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

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

…initiative are optimistic that the Teach With Portals project will have the same results – creating a fun learning environment that increases student interest in the STEM fields. What is this Portal 2? When Valve created Portal and its successor, Portal 2 — they stepped away from their successful, albeit typical, genre of shooter style games (which are significantly too violent for schools). Portal 2 teases the brain and is a puzzle b…

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

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

…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 of initiatives they should tackle, and a foundation on the first program I will be cover…

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eLearning Software – Interactive is key.

…230;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 use in your classroom. This is a paid service and I have not actually used it, but it would be worth checking out….

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

Professional Development: The use it or lose it phenomenon.

…I say some, most people reading this blog are not of this group) educators will go to avoid having to continue learning. (More after the page break!) We get to choose now! I was ecstatic to be finished with my undergraduate degree and moving onto grad school, taking classes that I was really passionate about — choosing the classes that I had to take and wanted to take. And now, being finished with graduate school — I find myself exci…

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Following Your Favorite School Counselor Blogs – Feedly, Bloglovin, and Email
Sep01

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

…gs 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 different options to help you keep up with the most current posts. The most rudimentary is by occasionally (or obses…

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The Road to Naviance – Hitting Our Stride in Year 2
Mar29

The Road to Naviance – Hitting Our Stride in Year 2

…ll the new freshmen, engagement improves with grade level and I would now classify our position as established. Learning about @Counselinggeek and his @Naviance journey – check it out! #scchat Click To Tweet Below you can see a few behind 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…

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Follow-Up: My Interview Kit
Jul12

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

…view (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 label

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Taking back your time: Flipping your counseling sessions with Screencast-O-Matic
Apr22

Taking back your time: Flipping your counseling sessions with Screencast-O-Matic

…ut it will cost you. One of the nice things about SOM is how simple it is to use. Easy as 1-2-3 1: Download the software and install. Once you have it installed, open up SOM and set your “window”. This window is what will be recorded. You can choose to record the entire screen, a certain aspect ratio, or (what I use the most) a specific area of the screen. (PS – don’t do the new Beta version – they try to make you pa…

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