Tuesday, September 23, 2008

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #98


 

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SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #98

Welcome to SchoolCounselor.com, an electronic newsletter designed to advance counselors' level of technological literacy, application, and integration. You will find practical solutions and answers to technology related problems, especially as they apply to your job as counselor. If you would like to share a tip or trick, or if you would like to ask a question, e-mail Russ Sabella at newsletter@schoolcounselor.com.
 

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Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/top5training.htm

Must See Videos
New videos added since the last issue.
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/videos/

Expert Help with Computer Safety
The time and expertise required to effectively minimize risk could be a problem among many Parents today. However, now there is a solution. How about a technology expert do it for you? SchoolCounselor.com has partnered with Remote Restore to provide you with this service at a special price.
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TIPS AND TRICKS

Office 2007 Document Language Translation
Windows Live Translator is now integrated into Office! One of the top features that our users ask for is simple integration of translation into Office, to translate a document quickly. The feature is really easy to use, and you can translate a block of text or an entire document, from within Office.

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Creating Hyperlinks in PowerPoint
Source:
http://www.eduhound.com/cttarchives/090408ctt.cfm
Select an object. It can be an AutoShape (shape), placeholder, or the text itself. If you select text, the text will have an underline and become the hyperlink color in the color scheme (theme colors). Then choose Insert > Hyperlink (in 2007, Insert tab > Links group > Hyperlink).

In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, choose the type of link on the left:

* Existing File or Web Page
* Place in This Document
* Create New Document
* E-mail Address

Then locate the slide or file, enter the Web URL, or enter an e-mail address. Click OK.

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Google: Word Variations (stemming)
Google now uses stemming technology. Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. If you search for pet lemur dietary needs, Google will also search for pet lemur diet needs, and other related variations of your terms. Any variants of your terms that were searched for will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.

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Jott
Jott! allows you to take notes on your cell phone. If you need to take a note, you don't have the time to write it down you can use your cell phone. Dial Jott!'s number, say "Jott Note" and carefully say what you want to notate. Within a few minutes Jott! transcribes it to the Web on a private dashboard.
http://jott.com/

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The No-Excuses Guide to Automated Online Backup
Keep your data safe and secure with these easy online backup services
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/internet/page5813.cfm

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Recognize Phishing Scams and Fraudulent E-mail
Phishing is a type of deception designed to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, Windows Live IDs, other account data and passwords, or other information.
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

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10 Must know Keyboard Shortcuts to make a PowerPoint Presentation like a Pro

Begin a presentation from first slide – F5

Next animation or next slide – N, Enter, Page Down, or Spacebar

Previous animation or previous slide – P, Page Up or Backspace

(Note: You can also use the arrow keys to move around the slides)

End the presentation – Escape

Move to the first slide – Home

Move to the last slide – End

Show a white blank slide – W

Show a black blank slide – B

Erase all on-screen annotations – E

If your slides are not arranged properly and you want to move between slides during the presentation at your convenience without going through all the slides in between – Type the slide number and press Enter.

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Microsoft Word: Clear formatting
To remove formatting from selected text, press Ctrl+Spacebar. This restores selected text to the Normal style.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007: Turn Off E-Mail Notifications
Because an e-mail notification icon appears whenever you receive new e-mail, it's tempting to stop work and open new messages immediately. But you can turn off the notification and then check your e-mail when it's convenient for you. Here's how:

1. In Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, click Tools, click Options, click E-mail Options, and then click Advanced E-mail Options.

2. In the middle of the dialog box, clear the Display a New Mail Desktop Alert check box.

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Microsoft Outlook: Quickly Switching to Inbox or Outbox
To jump to your Inbox, press CTRL+SHIFT+I. To jump to your Outbox, press CTRL+SHIFT+O.

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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

How to Create a PowerPoint (2003) Presentation
This set of videos guides you through the process of creating a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. The video's are best viewed in order.

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Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
http://www.google.com/chrome

Also see
Explore Google Chrome Features: Keyboard shortcuts
http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95743

And ...

Google Picasa 3 (Photo Manager) is out with amazing new features
http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=93773

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Middle-Schoolers Design Web Site with Career Resources
Three hundred middle school students from all over the country worked closely with developers to design a Web site called Funworks that links the interests and hobbies of young people, ages 11 to 15, to future careers. The site, created by the Gender, Diversity, and Technology Institute at Education Development Center, features information about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as games, quizzes, and more. In addition, Funworks provides educational resources for guidance counselors, teachers, media specialists, and parents.
http://www.thefunworks.org/

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The Priority Patrol
Tired of nagging her daughters to get away from the computer and turn off the TV in order to get things done, San Diego mother of two, Ellen Elleman, invented, copyrighted and hired the "Priority Patrol" to do the job for her; and now you CAN too! Originally inspired by the hours and hours spent in front of screens in her household, Ellen quickly realized that the "Priority Patrol" applies to all time-wasting activities. She found that the "Priority Patrol" serves as a gentle third party reminder, so that the interpersonal communication that takes place in her home is not in the form of nagging. It is also designed to remove the phrase "Oh, I forgot" from the vocabularies of her family and friends!!
http://www.prioritypatrol.com/

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Time Management from PBS. If you learn to tame the time monster, you might be surprised at how much you can get done. The real reward, however, is that you'll probably feel less stressed and more happy.
http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/school/time/

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Activity Center
Fuel your creative side with hundreds of FREE print projects offered by HP.

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McGruff Safeguard Now Available!
This free service is designed to help parents manage their kids' increasingly dangerous online activity. Through our partnership with ParentsOnPatrol, the McGruff Safeguard is now available here!
http://www.gomcgruff.com

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Data Boot Camp for School Counselors
and Administrators - CD

Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.

My newest CD is designed to help you become more proficient in using Microsoft Excel™ to make data an important part of your comprehensive school counseling program. From data-driven decision making, to monitoring progress, to reporting the positive impact you're having on kids -- this CD will demystify how it's done.

With the Data Boot Camp for School Counselors and Administrators, what you see and hear on the videos is what you do. At your fingertips, you'll have access to 30 videos and lots of graphics, tips, tricks, and resourceful links. This straightforward step-by-step approach makes learning how to use Microsoft Excel™ (and a bit of PowerPoint™) as easy and convenient as watching television. Data Boot Camp will help school counseling students, practitioners, administrators, and counselor educators to more easily unlock the power of data so you can more effectively support student achievement.

The content on the CD is equivalent to a full-day workshop in the computer lab!

Visit and learn more about the contents of the CD and view a couple of sample videos (Remember, these samples may take a few moments to load because you are online. However, on the CD, this is not an issue because the videos are all located on the CD itself!).
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/store/data-bootcamp.htm

$21.95 (FREE shipping)
please allow 5-7 working days to arrive


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JUST FOR FUN

Comic Strips
Quickly fetch one of many comic strips and easily subscribe to it.
http://isnoop.net/comics/

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Name That Game
Match the game with the sound effect.

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GoogleFight
Put in the two terms and click Make a fight. You'll see two animated stick figures duke it out. Then the winner is shown, along with the number of times each term was entered.
http://www.googlefight.com/

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Worth1000
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. You will agree after seeing this site. This site provides contests for Photoshop users. See how creative people can get with a program like Photoshop.
http://www.worth1000.com/

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