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

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

…k some at first, but have you ever seen a student buy a new game and master it by the end of the day? Valve and teachers supporting the 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 succe…

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School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io
May17

School Counselor Tech Tools: Learnerator and minutes.io

…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 school to get for all AP students. A few weeks ago, we were able to purchase discounted licenses for the remainder of the year to help our AP students prep for their exams. We also purchased licenses for the following school year. It was less than $5/student and…

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

Feel like a computer genius/wizard: Mouse Without Borders

…ere 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 tool (that I am using as I type) called Mou…

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ANFSCD: Moment of Self Reflection
Nov04

ANFSCD: Moment of Self Reflection

…say it was devastating to our two school sites. The MS and HS share a building in our small town school so many teachers, students and siblings are feeling the pain of this loss. I have an older sibling at our high school, but they are a younger student and I have only met with the student once for a short minute meeting and never the parents prior to the incident. Self-Reflection: While I am a pretty confident counselor in many areas, although…

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Back to School – Back to Connecting: A Linky Party
Jul30

Back to School – Back to Connecting: A Linky Party

…d on the teacher’s pay and time scale, but I do have an extra 15 days on top of the normal requirement of teachers (paid of course, at my daily rate). I will be heading back on August 15th to get things ready to go for our orientation for the new freshmen class on August 20th, and kicking off school on the 28th (I think)? Now only to remember what I did in August last year… I have not created my professional growth goals for this…

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Counseling Advisory Team: My Experience in the First Year
Jun08

Counseling Advisory Team: My Experience in the First Year

…rce requirements it would take from them, and how it will affect them/their students. Members included parents, teachers, a student or two (by far the hardest to recruit), an administrator, a board member, and a fellow counselor colleague/parent. Step Three: Setup an Initial Meeting The next step required pulling all of these stakeholders together. One simple tool that helped me coordinate everyone’s busy schedule is ScheduleOnce – y…

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School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox
Jun21

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

…nt 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 received the letter, returned it signed, and has been attending homework club. The counselor can open the spreadsheets and update or v…

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