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 utilize 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 wil…

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eLearning Software – Interactive is key.

…8230;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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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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Back to School – Back to Connecting: A Linky Party
Jul30

Back to School – Back to Connecting: A Linky Party

  Jumping into my first “Linky Party” So if this is new to you, like it is for me, head over to Franciene Saben’s blog School Counselor Space and get in on the fun. It is basically a series of questions that you, as a blogger, answer along with many other writers. After heading home from ASCA 2013, I am connected to so many new people – I am going to be making more of an effort to participate and reflect on a…

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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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School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox
Jun21

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

…xample, when you update a Word document on your home computer, it is updated on your work PC automatically. The software also frees you from being tied to your PC to have access to your files. Being able to access the internet is the only requirement for downloading and opening any of your “dropboxed” files. Only exception is having the correct software for the file-type on all computers. You can simply go to www.dropbox.com and logi…

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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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