School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io
May17

School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io

Highlighting two tools: one for your students and one for you! Learnerator.com The first tool that I want to highlight for you may come a little late for you high school counselors this year, but a good time to get it setup for the next. Learnerator is a website and AP Test study aid that my students have really enjoyed. I have heard pretty good reviews from students and teachers regarding the usefulness and I know it is pretty inexpensive for a…

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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

Portal 2 is coming to the classroom: Valve, the creators of games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Portal, has launched it’s “STEAM for SCHOOLS” program and I think it is something to check out! Valve has adapted its game delivery service, Steam, for use in the school environment and has its sights set on helping the future generations through using Portal 2 to develop critical thinking, spatial reasoning,…

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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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Feel like a computer genius/wizard: Mouse Without Borders
Mar22

Feel like a computer genius/wizard: Mouse Without Borders

Have you ever wanted to feel like you were the master of your technology? I thought so – now is the chance. Lots of times, we counselors (and teachers or administrators) have an old desktop but also a laptop that we need to use for different purposes. What if you wanted or needed to use both? Did you know you can make a dual monitor setup at home or at work with out two monitors (but with two computers)? You can. There is a sweet t…

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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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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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Counseling Advisory Team: My Experience in the First Year
Jun08

Counseling Advisory Team: My Experience in the First Year

A recount of the first year of working with an advisory team – the benefits and pitfalls… I recently wrapped up my first year of having an advisory council or team. After getting through the college application season in the fall and coming into a new position with basically no counseling program in place – I wanted to get things rolling the right direction. With a goal set reaching a RAMP award in the next 5 – 7 years…

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School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox
Jun21

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

…ent letters that went out after all grading periods. I told her about Dropbox and how she could let the homeroom teachers do much of the processing and leg work through creating spreadsheets for each class in their own folders. All teachers would have to do is open the spreadsheet, check off whether the student had┬áreceived┬áthe letter, returned it signed, and has been attending homework club. The counselor can open the spreadsheets and update or…

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