The Counseling Geek Interview Series: @Prof_Polzin
Aug07

The Counseling Geek Interview Series: @Prof_Polzin

…iew 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 because I not only learn a lot myself, but I fe…

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

…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 Internet…

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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 down…

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

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

…and attempting to respond and prevent any negative results while increasing positive outcomes. When looking at technology, we must maintain that approach. Allow me to give an example: If I worked in an inner-city school and after a survey to determine the amount of students and parents with smart-phones, the results showed that only 11% had smart-phones, it may not be prudent to spend a lot of time and money developing a smart-phone app. If you…

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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 atten…

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Counseling Technology Series: The Ever Useful QR Code
Apr05

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…

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School Counseling Technology Series: Dropbox
Jun21

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 cloud…

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Ask The Geek: Tool Resources from the 2013 CASC Conference Table
Nov13

Ask The Geek: Tool Resources from the 2013 CASC Conference Table

This year, I am lucky to be a member of the California Association of School Counselors board as the Technology Chair. I will be hosting a technology learning support desk at the conference coming up this Friday and Saturday at Chapman University. If you are here – you either are a reader of my blog (yay!) or you came and talked with me at the table (awesome!). Below I am linking to some resources with some Getting Started With……

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