10 Insanely Easy Ways to Infuse Technology in Your School Counseling Program

10 Insanely Easy Ways to Infuse Technology in Your School Counseling Program

Not a New Year’s Resolution As we start (at the time of posting) a new year – many people will set out to meet extreme goals and the same thing you have told yourself each January for the last ten years. Do not make this your New Year’s Resolution. Infusing technology in your school counseling program doesn’t have to be painful – but it does have to be a priority. As the world of education and child development…

The Counseling Geek Interview Series: @Prof_Polzin

The Counseling Geek Interview Series: @Prof_Polzin

Welcome to the newly created TCG Interview Series. I wanted to try to reach out and get some info, tips, and advice from fellow counselors about using technology in their counseling program. This is the first installment I have another one coming very soon, so stay tuned. The interviews will be held via different media – from a written interview (like this one) to video interviews over Skype/Google Hangouts. I am excited about this…

School Counseling Technology – An Overview and Introduction (Video Blog)

This is my first posting for the series on getting started with improving or introducing 21st Century Skills and new technology into your counseling program. This weeks edition is an intro to the series and I hope to quell some fears regarding getting started and talk a bit about where we will be going in the next few weeks. Hint: Google Docs, Wix.com (where this site is hosted), Counseling Time and Statistics programs, Powerpoint, Being…

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

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

With great power comes great responsibility. As a self-proclaimed geek and technophile, I firmly believe that technology enhances our ability to provide positive supports and great comprehensive school counseling programs revolving around the ASCA National Model. I often write about these great tech tools and interesting ways to use technology in our day-to-day school counseling, but I want to take this post and share another side of the…

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

Good day counselors, teachers, administrators, or other interested folks. Last week I 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…

School Counseling Technology Series – Google Docs Part 1 (Video Blog)

This week’s entry in the School Counseling Technology Series will cover part one of the Google Docs tutorial I have planned for you. This is a (most likely) two part video blog covering the different aspects of Google Docs, how we can use these powerful tools as educators, and a quick tutorial on how to use each program within Google Docs. Google recently changed their Google Docs to Google Drive, which has a…

School Counseling Technology Series: Google Docs Part 2

Google Docs: Forms, Spreadsheets, and Drawings Welcome back to the second part of the School Counseling Technology Series featuring Google Docs. This is the second video blog entry of the two part general overview and walkthrough of Google Docs. In this video, you will see the form function, spreadsheet function, and drawing function in action. In my opinion – the form feature is the most valuable tool from Google Docs, so pay attention…

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox

Cloud-based file storage wünderkind! I have been using Dropbox for almost two years now, in both my professional and personal life. I use it so much that I now rarely store any documents on my local “My Docuements” folder, but most everything goes into Dropbox. Started in 2007 by MIT graduates, it quickly gained a strong following. They run on the “Freemium” model, which grants new users a free allocation of 2GB of…

Counseling Technology Series: The Ever Useful QR Code

Counseling Technology Series: The Ever Useful QR Code

Why would anyone want to utilize these strange little squares? The following YouTube video explains QR codes in about 2 minutes so instead of writing a detailed description – please take a second to watch the short clip. Following the clip, I will be talking about some ways that I have been using QR codes at school. How do counselors use these QR codes? Wonderful question! I have been using them more and more with students when I am…

Announcing the newest TCG feature: The Digital Back rub

Announcing the newest TCG feature: The Digital Back rub

The latest internet technology helps create School Counselor self-care from a distance. That is right – starting today – I am going to be offering free – digital back rubs through the magic of technology. All school counselors need to practice solid self-care and I know that about 8 hours into a day full of ILP meetings, a 504 review, and endless schedule change requests, I sure could use a solid back rub.   All you need…

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