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SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #124April 5th, 2011
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 Counselorshttp://www.schoolcounselor.com/top5training.htm
Must See Videos
New videos have been added since the last issue:

Vinod Thakur- India Got Talent 2
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/vinod-thakur-india-got-talent-2.htm
How Do People Respond to Being Touched by a Robot?http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-do-people-respond-to-being-touched.html
Funny! Guilty Doghttp://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/03/funny-guilty-dog.html
Shorewood Lip Dub
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/03/shorewood-lip-dub.html
Dropbox Intro Video
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/03/dropbox-intro-video.html
Exclusive: Man Loses His Face In Electrocution Accident ! HD Quality!
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/03/exclusive-man-loses-his-face-in.html
Peer Helper Programs
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/03/peer-helper-programs.html
TED2011: Great Minds Share Their Next Big Idea in Just 18 Minutes - ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ted2011-great-minds-share-big-idea-18-minutes/story?id=13058615
Mesa school counselor among top 10 in country
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/mesa/mesa-school-counselor-among-top-10-in-country
Crazy Poodle Fitness
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/03/crazy-poodle-fitness.html
Microsoft scientists cook up quick-and-easy 3D scans - USATODAY.com
http://bit.ly/e4EPtW

Postings from Russ Sabella ...
– Keeping Kids Out of High Tech Trouble. This blog supports Dr. Russell Sabella's work on educating children, parents, educators and other stake holders about the responsible use of technology. Included in these pages you will find helpful resources, lesson plans, links, and more. Russ's most recent book and workshops are primary resources for meeting this mission.
http://guardingkids.blogspot.com/
– SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter. The SchoolCounselor.com e-Newsletter is an electronic publication 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.
http://counselingtechnology.blogspot.com/
– Must See Videos. When I see a video that would be useful, inspiring, enlightening among counselors, I post it here.
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/
– Twitter. Postings about all thinks counseling, life, humor, and more.
http://twitter.com/rsabella

Roku
This thing is amazing! Get Netflix, amazon, TED, Facebook photos, Flickr, university lectures, and much more right to your television.
http://roku.tellapal.com/a/clk/Fjz1X
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Motivational ... Touching

Counseling Posters
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TIPS AND TRICKS
ViewPure
Watch YouTube videos without comments, suggestions, or the 'other' things.
http://viewpure.com/
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Xmarks Free Bookmark Sync and Search
Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync. Xmarks will sync across browsers too. Today we support Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari (Mac OS).
http://www.xmarks.com/
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All About Presentations: [Free E-Book] Principles of Good Presentation Design
In this e-book you will learn about basics of good design. These simple principles will help you make better looking PowerPoint slides. These principles are simple to understand and easy to apply.
http://www.allaboutpresentations.com/2011/02/free-e-book-principles-of-good.html
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How to Use Google Forms – Free Manual and Webinar Recording
Google forms are one of my favorite tools to use. You need a Google account (also known as a Gmail account) to use the forms. Once you have that, you can build any type of form you like. They are free and easy to design.
http://www.exceptionalwebinars.com/?p=121
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SpaceSniffer is a great utility to find large files on your hard drive. It will analyze your hard drive and display your files as blocks. The larger the file, the larger the block. By double-clicking on a block you can quickly find large files that are hidden deeply on your hard drive.
http://windows7themes.net/how-to-find-large-files-in-windows-7.html
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Pnotes
Managing your day-to-day life is not an easy job to do. There are so many things to concern for - housekeeping, shopping, children... And what about cousin's birthday you always forget or important phone numbers? Undoubtedly your working place is covered with dusty yellow (or blue, or pink) sticky notes. If so - PNotes is right for you. Throw the physical stickies away and replace them with virtual ones on your desktop.
http://pnotes.sourceforge.net/
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ASAP Utilities: This $49 Excel Add-On is Free For Home Users
Source: Techsupportalert
ASAP Utilities is a powerful Excel add-in that fills the gaps in Excel, and automates frequently used tasks.
http://www.asap-utilities.com/download-asap-utilities.php
Direct link to the users guide (PDF):
http://www2.asap-utilities.com/download/f/ASAP_Utilities_User_Guide.pdf
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Freemake offers freeware in the truest sense of the word: no toolbars, no sneakware, no registration. Download and use their Free Video Converter and Free Video Downloader!
http://www.freemake.com/
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ToodleDo
An easy to use, online to-do list. Get organized, stay motivated, and be more productive. http://www.toodledo.com/
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A Girl Who Hated Wearing Glasses
This is a true story of Katie Chapin, a New York girl who absolutely hated the idea of wearing glasses but with time, she realized that glasses were a better option for her than contact lenses. This nicely-done presentation could be an inspiration for some of us who are in a similar situation.
http://www.labnol.org/tech/wearing-glasses/18949/
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CYBERsitter Free Rogue DNS Detection Program
According to Wikipedia, DNS hijacking or DNS redirection is the practice of redirecting the resolution of Domain Name System (DNS) names to other DNS servers. This is done for malicious purposes such as phishing; for self-serving purposes by Internet service providers (ISPs) to direct users' HTTP traffic via the ISP's own webservers where advertisements are served, statistics can be collected, or other purposes of the ISP; and by DNS service providers to block access to sites which the user wishes to block because they are malicious or of an unwanted nature.
http://www.solidoak.com/dnsrequest.htm
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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
This tool analyzes a computer and provides a summary of how secure or insecure it is. Some of the things it checks for are security updates that have not yet been installed, settings that are not recommended (such as weak passwords, disabled firewall, etc), running services that may not be necessary, network shares, and more. This program can be a valuable tool for IT professionals, but it can also help average users who want to make sure their computers are as secure as possible.
Get it here.
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Microsoft Windows Mail is actually a decent program and is similar to Outlook. It supports multiple email accounts, RSS feeds and a calendar all combined in one attractive application.
http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mail
Source: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-microsoft-downloads.htm
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Google Cloud Print makes printing more intuitive, accessible and useful, by letting you print to your printers from Google Cloud Print-enabled apps on any computer or smart phone.
http://www.google.com/landing/cloudprint/win-enable.html
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Google Fusion Tables is a modern data management and publishing web application that makes it easy to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online.
http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html
Also see The Google Public Data Explorer http://www.google.com/publicdata/home
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Weebly for Education
Easily create a classroom website & blog.
http://education.weebly.com/
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Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate (for Chrome)
Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share. Support PNG and shortcuts.
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/alelhddbbhepgpmgidjdcjakblofbmce
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Organize Your Resources in an Online Binder - LiveBinders
LiveBinders helps you to do with digital information what you do with the papers on your desk - organize them into nice containers - like 3-ring binders on your shelf. With our online-binders you can also upload your documents and easily combine them with your links in a neat and organized way.
http://livebinders.com/
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TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
I am literally hooked on these inspirational and provocative videos, watch them the minute they come out.
http://www.ted.com/
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Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft® Office experience. You can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents with coworkers.
http://tools.google.com/dlpage/cloudconnect
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SuperTeacherTools.com is dedicated to providing technology tools for teaching that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom. In the site, you will find a variety of review games, classroom management software, and other miscellaneous tools for educators.
http://www.superteachertools.com/
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iDoneThis
The fun, easy way to get stuff done. Every day you’ll get an email that asks you, “What’d you get done today?
http://idonethis.com/
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JUST FOR FUN
Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE)
This is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images.
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/
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Kindle Book Lending
Almost as soon as Amazon announced that they would start allowing Kindle users to lend books to each other, Kindle lending services popped-up on the web. Read more:
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/02/lendle-another-kindle-book-lending.html
Also see BookLending.com http://booklending.com/
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Sell Gadgets Instantly
Source: http://www.Komando.com
Technology is moving along at a rapid clip. Most gadgets are obsolete in months or even weeks. There's always a temptation to buy the next version. Maybe you don't upgrade to every new gadget. But you probably still have some old gadgets sitting around the house. Instead of letting them collect dust, you should turn them into cash. That's where eBay's Instant Sale service comes in. Just check to see if your gadgets are listed. Then, you can sell them to eBay instantly. There's no messing around with auctions or shady buyers.
http://green.ebay.com/instantsale/
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Google Recipe View
Click on the "Recipes" link in the left-hand panel on the search results page to narrow your search results to show only recipes, along with helpful information like ratings, ingredients and pictures. You can search for specific recipes like [chocolate chip cookies], or more open-ended topics-like ingredients, holidays or favorite chefs. You can also use the tools on the left-hand side of the page to filter recipe search results based on your ideal ingredients, cook time and calorie count, so it's easier to choose the right recipe for you.
http://www.google.com/landing/recipes/
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Google Wedding Planning
Find wedding-specific templates in Google Sites, Google Docs and Picnik, as well as tips and tricks for using these and other Google products for wedding planning. From wedding websites to save-the-date cards, these tools simplify wedding planning and save you time. We're also hosting a wedding sweepstakes: enter for a chance to win $25,000 towards your dream wedding (find the Official Rules below). Wedding planner Michelle Rago and her team will advise the winning couple on location, flowers, food and other design elements to create a day that is uniquely their own.
http:/google.com/weddings
http://www.google.com/weddings/rules.html
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8 Cool Online (Alarm) Clock Websites
http://www.guidingtech.com/1111/8-cool-online-alarm-clock-websites/
I like this one: http://www.online-stopwatch.com/online-clock/online-clock.swf
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GuardingKids.com: A Practical Guide to Keeping Kids Out of High-Tech Trouble

Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.
From podcasts to porn, cyberbullying to cell phones, Dr. Russell Sabella helps readers understand the risks that emerge when high-tech tools, uninformed parents, and exuberant youth collide. Because kids are growing up with modern technologies, many are more expert than their parents. As a result, a parent's ability to make effective decisions for how technology is used may be compromised.
GuardingKids.com empowers parents, educators, and other care takers to better understand the electronic terrain. Readers will be better able to help children safely and securely navigate a minefield of inappropriate and risky situations.

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