Thursday, May 19, 2011

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #125

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #125 May 19, 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.


Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

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

Webinars
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/webinars/

Handouts!
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/resources/publications2.htm


Must See Videos

New videos have been added since the last issue:

Using Google Sites
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/05/using-google-sites.html

Ultimate Dog Tease
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/05/youtube-ultimate-dog-tease.html

Thank a Teacher
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/05/thank-teacher.html

Ipad in the Classroom
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/05/ipads-used-as-teaching-tool-in-collier.html

School Counselor Advocacy Video
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/05/casccescal-school-counselor-advocacy.html

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/first-follower-leadership-lessons-from.html

New Videos on SchoolTube from ASCA
http://www.schooltube.com/user/SchoolCounselor

MTV Anti-Bullying
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/mtv-anti-bullying.html

YouTube - Pink - Perfect (AHMIR cover) - Anti-Bullying video
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/youtube-pink-perfect-ahmir-cover-anti.html

The Power of Words
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/youtube-power-of-words.html

The Blueberry Story
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/04/blueberry-story.html

 

Posters
Beautiful ... Inspiring ..
Motivational ... Touching
Counseling Posters for your Office and Home

Career Posters
Inspiration/Motivation
Change
Most Popular


TIPS AND TRICKS
Tip: Don’t minimize open windows just to get to the desktop
Source:
Gizmo’s Freeware
If you want to get to your desktop you don’t need to minimize or close any open windows as there are several ways to get to do this in Windows without closing or minimizing anything. The simplest way is to press the Windows key and the D key together. This will minimize all open windows immediately. Even better you can restore them again by hitting Windows D again. There are several alternative methods but Windows D is the simplest and best. It’s also easy to remember – just think “Windows Desktop”

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PowerPoint Do’s and Don’ts
View these historical presentation disasters and find out what not to do.
Click here.

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New in Gmail Labs: Background Send
This tip makes Gmail faster. One of the most common delays happens after you hit that “Send” button, when you’re waiting patiently for a couple seconds for Gmail to send your message. If you send a lot of email, that can add up to a lot of lost time. To help give you that time back, there’s a new feature in Gmail Labs called Background Send. Once you turn it on from the Labs tab in Settings, you can get on with what you’re doing while Gmail quietly sends off your mail in the background. You can keep reading your inbox, compose new messages, chat with people — all the things you’d usually do. You can even send more than one message in the background at the same time.
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-in-labs-background-send.html

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Back up Outlook data with the Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool
The Personal Folders Backup tool provides a quick and easy way to back up the Outlook information of your choice to your hard disk or network server or share.
Click
here.

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The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration the Day...
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/03/02/the-best-online-tools-for-real-time-collaboration/

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Instant disposable Gmail addresses
Let's say you need to sign up for a mailing list that interests you, but you're afraid spammers might get your address. We'll call the list "exoticflowers". Sign up with the list using the address "johndoe+exoticflowers@gmail.com". Email to that address will still come to your "johndoe@gmail.com" address even though the "To:" will include that "+exoticflowers" in it.
http://lifehacker.com/#!144397/instant-disposable-gmail-addresses

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Use the "Spike" Feature in Microsoft Word to Copy and Paste Text
Source:
Lifehacker
Microsoft Word has a hidden feature that most people probably don't know about: a way to collect text on the clipboard from multiple locations, and then paste it all at once into your document. The Help Desk Geek blog details how this feature works: You start by selecting a block of text, and then use Ctrl+F3 to copy it to the "Spike". Once you've selected a number of entries this way, you can then paste the combined set of copied text back into the document with the Ctrl+Shift+F3 shortcut key combination, or by typing the word "spike" and hitting F3.

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Online Excel Tutorial for Beginners
This is a basic tutorial on Excel for beginners. Start with the first video and practice as you go along. Follow the links for more information and help.
http://chandoo.org/wp/excel-tutorial/

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Free Book: The Windows 7 Power Users Guide
From the author of "Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out" from Microsoft Press, Mike Halsey, ‘A book for people who use Windows 7 at home or at work and know it can do more for them, but who don't know how. The Windows 7 Power Users Guide contains helpful how-to's, full colour pictures and quick tips to guide you through everything from using the Start Menu and Taskbar to backing up your documents and identifying and fixing problems. Also available in Paperback on the link below.”
http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/the-windows-7-power-users-guide/15662737
Paperback:
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-windows-7-power-users-guide/7601470

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The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free
http://bit.ly/dIex4Q


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
 
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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE


iSpring Free
Create Flash Presentations in PowerPoint
http://free.ispringsolutions.com/download.html

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NoReplyAll Outlook Add-In
The primary function of this add-in is to add a couple of buttons to the Outlook ribbon to prevent people from replying to all the recipients of your message or forwarding it. The add-in uses a facility built into Outlook and Exchange that is more lightweight than information-rights management but is not exposed in the existing UI. The add-in also includes a check for common email errors, such as omitting attachments or subject lines.
Download here.

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Word 2007 Redaction Tool
The Word 2007 Redaction Tool can be used to hide text within Microsoft Office Word documents. You can mark text to redact and then create a new, redacted version of the document in which the marked text is replaced with a black bar that cannot be converted back to the original text.
http://redaction.codeplex.com/releases/view/32251

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Microsoft Launches Free On-Demand Virus/Malware Scanner
The program is called the Microsoft Safety Scanner. To use it, download the file from Microsoft and then run it on your PC. The app is portable, so doesn't need an installer. When you run it, it will analyze your computer and detect, and remove, many of the most prevalent viruses.
Source:
Gizmodo

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Google Image Chart Editor
Lots of options for building your own charts! Excel is probably best although this does give another great option.
http://imagecharteditor.appspot.com/

Also check out:
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/

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Dermandar: Create & Share Panoramas for Free in 3 Easy Steps.
Shoot your photos using a normal camera with no need for professional equipment. Create your panorama and preview it within seconds using our fast online tool. Share your panorama to share it with everybody or with only your friends.
http://www.dermandar.com/

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Dropdo
The smart file viewer. Dropdo is a file upload app that makes your files viewable right on the web instead of by downloading.
http://dropdo.com/

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AOL AV
Fun, easy video chat for up to four people — no account required.
http://www.aim.com/av/

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Digital Literacy Tour
“At Google, we support the education of families on how to stay safe online. That's why we've teamed up with online safety organization iKeepSafe to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen. The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. On this site you'll find a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.”
http://www.google.com/educators/digitalliteracy.html

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DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.
http://www.dvdflick.net/

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FocusWriter
FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program autosaves your progress, and reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back in during your next writing session, and has many other features that make it such that only one thing matters: your writing.
http://gottcode.org/focuswriter/

Also see:

Storybook is a free (open source) novel-writing tool for creative writers, novelists and authors which will help you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing books, novels or other written works.
http://storybook.intertec.ch/joomla/

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JUST FOR FUN


Livebrush is a drawing application. It employs an easy-to-use brush tool that reacts to your gesture. By combining simple motion controls with brush styles, Livebrush offers a fun and unique way to create graphics.
http://www.livebrush.com

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Microsoft Excel: Family budget (monthly)
This template helps you track your family expenses by category and monitor your spending. One cool feature is that it quickly identifies where you need to cut back. That's because it immediately calculates the difference between your actual spending and the targets you set at the beginning of each month.
Click here.

More templates
here.

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Crackle
I don’t know how it works but this site gives you free movies and television shows. I found it on my
Roku box. Amazing.
http://www.crackle.com/

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Spotify is a new way to listen to music
Any track you like, any time you like. Just search for it in Spotify, then play it. Any artist, any album, any genre - all available instantly. With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it.
http://www.spotify.com/

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fluidTables
Wedding Seating Charts just got a whole lot easier! Design your wedding seating chart online and share it with the people who need it the most.
http://fluidtables.com/

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1 comment:

  1. I clicked on the link provided and tried to access Spotify and received a message that says it is not available in my country yet. The site lists Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, but not the US.

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