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SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #99

October 29, 2008

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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Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

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Must See Videos

New videos added since the last issue.

http://www.schoolcounselor.com/videos/

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How to Record a Podcast with Audacity

A podcast is a great way to share information with the world. It can be about anything, and can appeal to any variety of audiences. A podcast can be made with the recording program Audacity and a hosting website. Does it sound hard? Once you learn how you will be on your way to having your very own podcast.

http://www.wikihow.com/Record-a-Podcast-with-Audacity

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Cheat with Technology, Get Caught by Technology

Teachers are using new technologies such as text-matching software, webcams, biometric equipment, and testing centers with cheat-proof computers to combat widespread student cheating, says U.S. News & World Report. Where teachers and professors once struggled to keep up with the stratagems of technologically savvy students, they now have recourse to some of the very same tools used by would-be cheaters and plagiarists. "The electronic revolution cuts both ways," says economics professor Rick Lotspeich of Indiana State University, who now has a much easier time when he suspects a student has lifted a passage. "It makes plagiarism a lot easier, and checking a lot easier," he explains. Teachers are also fighting cheating by asking students to turn in outlines and drafts so that they can track student progress, or by creating more real-world assignments that point out the stupidity of cheating.

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Kids Aren't Telling Parents About Cyberbullying

According to the latest UCLA study, 3 out of 4 teens were bullied online last year, yet only 1 in 10 reported it to their parents or another adult. The most common reason for not telling an adult, according to the teenagers, was that they felt they "need[ed] to learn to deal with it." In addition, 31% didn't tell their parents because they didn't want their Internet access restricted. UCLA Newsroom, 10/2/08

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Rearrange Paragraphs in Word 2007

Swapping paragraphs in Microsoft Office Word can be complicated. As well as having to cut and paste, you often have to reformat line breaks afterward to make the paragraph line up properly. Instead, you can use the SHIFT+ALT keyboard shortcut. Click the paragraph that you want to move, hold down SHIFT+ALT, and move the paragraph up or down by using the arrow keys. Each press of an arrow key causes your selected paragraph to jump over one adjacent paragraph.

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How to Import HTML Tables to Excel Sheet

Microsoft Office Excel has a good feature of importing tables from HTML pages, so in case you found some interesting data in the form of a table in any webpage, you can easily import the data into Excel sheet. For this feature, you do not even need to save the web page to your PC.

http://www.nirmaltv.com/2008/10/23/
how-to-import-html-tables-to-excel-sheet/

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Phishing Scams in Plain English

A short guide to recognizing and avoiding phishing scams.

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Google Forms!

Create a form (aka online survey) in a Google Docs spreadsheet and send it out to anyone with an email address. They won't need to sign in, and they can respond directly from the email message or from an automatically generated web page. Creating the form is easy: start with a spreadsheet to get the form, or start by creating the form and you'll get the spreadsheet automatically. Responses are automatically added to your spreadsheet.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/5752842/Collecting-Data-Using-Google-Docs

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CESCAL: Center For Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership

The Center’s mission is to promote excellence in the field of school counseling and to assist school counselors, their site and central office administrators as they design, implement and evaluate their school counseling programs.. Here is the direct link to the Pre-Post test bank.

http://www.cescal.org/resourceFinder.cfm?secondaryCategoryKey=18

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Google Project 10100

Project 10100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") is a call for ideas to change the world, in the hope of helping as many people as possible.

http://www.project10tothe100.com/

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e-Safety documents

Documents made available through the London Grid for Learning at the London e-Safety Conference on January 5, 2007.

http://213.232.94.135/merlinjohnonline/download.php?list.4

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13 Great Free Backup Programs for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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ASCAway

Podcast from the American School Counselor Association about school counseling issues, trends and interviews.

http://ascaway.podbean.com/

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The Secunia PSI is the vulnerability scanner for your personal computer. It is the FREE security tool designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities. Software vulnerabilities affect all applications installed on your computer, from the Operating System down to your email client, office application, instant messaging, and so on.

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/

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Livemocha is the world's largest online community for language learners, with free lessons and a global community to help you learn a new language. With Livemocha, you can develop confidence in your language skills that will help you carry on conversations in a foreign language. From your personal home page, you have access to all of your current course information, friends, tasks, a list of recent friend activity, and more!

http://www.livemocha.com/

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Kayak

Search 140+ travel sites at once and find the cheapest fares.

http://www.kayak.com/

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RepairPal gives you independent and unbiased repair estimates, user ratings and reviews, plus advice you can't get anywhere else.
http://repairpal.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

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please allow 5-7 working days to arrive

Do you Drink and E-mail?

If you have ever drunk and e-mailed, then Google has come up with a solution: Mail Goggles.

It simply requires you to solve a few basic problems before allowing you to send e-mails late at night in the weekend.

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Flickr Panda Vomits Rainbow of Interesting Photos [Flickr]

Source: Lifehacker by Gina Trapani

We're not exactly clear on why there's a panda on Flickr puking a rainbow of photos, but there it is, an unusual way to see the best images on the photo-sharing site.

http://www.flickr.com/explore/panda

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Make me a superhero!

http://www.makemesuper.com/

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Shakespearean Insulter

Hurl Insults like a Shakespearean

http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/

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Brain Games

Sharpen your memory and your mind with these games scientifically developed to give your brain a workout See All Articles On Brain Games

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Happy Creator Project

The Happy Creator lets you create your own happy lists and share them with friends and family

http://www.thingstobehappyabout.com/create/

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