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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 newslschoolcounselor.com.
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– 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/
Google Calendar Introducing appointment slots Google Calendar has become indispensable for organizing my own time and sharing my schedule with friends and coworkers. But what about letting others know about my preferred availability? Likewise, when I look at my hairdresser's online calendar, I wonder why I can't just book the open slot instead of remembering to call during regular business hours. Now, with appointment slots in Google Calendar, any individual or business can manage appointment availability online 24/7. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-appointment-slots-in-google.html
Microsoft Office: Keyboard Shortcuts If I can keep going without taking my hands off the keyboard, I find that I’m faster and more productive. That’s why I love keyboard shortcuts. Here are a couple more that I just discovered. Wish I would have known about them a while back. In most Microsoft Office applications (e.g., PowerPoint, Word, Excel):
Decrease the font size Press Ctrl+Shift+less than sign (<). If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can also press Ctrl and scroll down. Increase the font size Press Ctrl+Shift+greater than sign (>). If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can also press Ctrl and scroll up.
when2meet.com Coordinate availability of groups of people for meetings and events for free and online using when2meet.com, which will tell you when to meet so as to maximize meeting attendance. http://www.when2meet.com/
Also, you can do this with Google by simply conducting your search and then clicking on “Related Searches” on the left column.
What’s New in Microsoft Office 2010? My university, Florida Gulf Coast University, will be rolling out this upgrade and provided some nice (and brief) summary guides for what is new for both PC and MAC. http://office.fgcu.edu/
How to Quickly Make Comments and Notes in Google Docs Google Docs is an awesome tool for collaborative writing, especially when you need to get or give feedback. That's because you can insert little comments into the document that can contain discussions and be resolved when they're finished. This is available in Google Docs' "Insert" menu, but it's also a handy keyboard shortcut. On Windows, you just need to press Control+Alt+M. On Mac OS X, it's Command+Option+M. That'll bring up a comment and you can start typing right away. You can add as many comments as you want by just selecting what you want to comment on and using this keyboard shortcut. For a quick demo, check out the video on this site: http://lifehacker.com/5823725/how-to-quickly-make-comments-and-notes-in-google-docs
Quickly Create New Folders in Windows 7 with the Ctrl+Shift+N Shortcut Windows 7: To create new folders in Windows, you have a few options: you could right-click, go to New, then click Folder, or you could mouse over to the "New Folder" button in the taskbar in Windows Explorer, but both are more time consuming that this simple shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+N. Quickly Create New Folders in Windows 7 with the Ctrl+Shift+N Shortcut http://goo.gl/8rQi1
Timer Tab Source: Free Technology for Teachers
Timer Tab is a free application offered through the Chrome Web Store and as a stand-alone website at timer-tab.com. As a Chrome app Timer Tab can be used online or offline. The website version of Timer Tab can only be used online. Both versions of Timer Tab offer a count-down timer, an alarm clock, and a stopwatch. For the count-down timer and the alarm clock you can select a video to play when time expires or when you've reached your specified alarm time. You do this by pasting the url of a YouTube video into the "alarm" field below the timer. Also in both versions of Timer Tab you can customize the background by specifying an image url. http://www.timer-tab.com/
Study Boost Students use instant messaging and text messaging to communicate with each other all day long. Study Boost knows this and is trying to leverage that student habit to make studying a part of students' text and IM habits http://studyboost.com/
YouTube Downloader is software that allows you to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and many others and convert them to other video formats. A newer version was just released recently. http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Video Backup Fusion: Batch Download YouTube Videos Looking for a way to download a bunch of YouTube videos all at once? Video Backup Fusion may be the answer. Watch this video which also has the link to the software. http://goo.gl/Xqocs
Task List Guru is a free task list organizer ideal for personal task management and small project management. You can organize not just tasks, but also task lists, notes and reminders. Task List Guru has a hierarchical task list tree with icons that allows you to organize all your todo lists and notes in a structure with icons. You can choose from 48 different colorful icons for your to-do lists - this makes using this organizer fun. http://goo.gl/TtSlb
TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime. Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs http://goo.gl/BxAj
AudioNote Lite - Notepad and Voice Recorder AudioNote Lite is an app that can support a broad range of students who need to record audio of what is spoken in the classroom but who also need to create visuals to understand and interpret what is being said. So this app has the ability to take notes, record audio, draw and highlight important information in the notes. AudioNote Lite automatically indexes class meetings by synchronizing notes and audio. AudioNote Lite is limited to 10 minutes of audio per note, and 2 hours total. Upgrading to the full version of AudioNote allows unlimited recording and sharing of notes over Wi-FI and email. http://goo.gl/cBNSm
Aardvark Source: Scout Report
Recently purchased by Google, the Aardvark site is a great way to get quick answers to questions large and small. Visitors can type in their question into the text box on the Aardvark site, and the site will find just the right person to answer the question. Users are encouraged to send questions via Twitter or email as well, and it will generally take just a few minutes to get an answer. Essentially, Aardvark sends out these questions to people in a users' network who are available via IM or email in order to find a suitable response. The site also includes sample questions and contact information. This version is compatible with all operating systems. [KMG] http://vark.com/
Technology Tidbits: Top 10 Sites for Creating a Video Chat Being able to create a video chat in the classroom is a crucial component of global learning. Not only does this technique engage the audience more then just a standard chat, but it strengthens technology literacy in a visual way. While there are paid solutions for a much broader/corporate like audiences there are also smaller free ones that work just as well in an educational type setting. http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2011/07/top-10-sites-for-creating-video-chat.html
RunKeeper RunKeeper makes tracking your workouts fun, social, and easy to understand so that you can improve the quality of your fitness. http://runkeeper.com/
Bulletin Board "Hang Ups" Looking for something to hang on your wall that will catch the mind as well as the eye? These Hang Ups should be just the ticket. We've collected dozens of quotations, grouped them by topic, and created colorful, printable, 8.5" x 11" Adobe Acrobat files that are ready to use. All you do is print 'em out and hang 'em up. Four sets are complete: http://www.teachersfirst.com/hangups.cfm
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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. http://www.guardingkids.com/