Wednesday, August 22, 2012 eNewsletter #133 eNewsletter #133
August 22, 2012

Welcome to, 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

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 As you begin your Bullying Prevention plans this school year,  add this important book to your classroom libraries in grades k- 4, either as a read-aloud, guided reading, or independent reading resource.  It includes a teacher's guide, as well as a parent letter that support  the concepts of empowering bystanders and creating a school climate that encourages positive social norms and leadership.  Click on either  link below to order and learn more... (an AMAZON AFFILIATE).
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McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills
for a Top Score

Brian Leaf has redefined test-prep. Check out his innovative series "McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills for a Top Score," available anywhere books are sold. "This book is a good read even if you don't have to take the ACT."
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Laura Frey, former President of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling

"What a surprise, what a relief! An SAT guide that actually meets students where they are, talks to them with wit and compassion and clears away the panic of test-taking. And, the writing is first-rate, too. Bravo Brian Leaf.
Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, former Editor, The New York Times Book Review

I enjoyed the informal writing style, and the flash cards for math are brilliant! Students are used to stacks of vocabulary words in preparation for the verbal portion of the test, why not drills on flash cards for the math section?
Denise Brown-Allen, Ed.D., Upper School Director, The Pingry School
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Highlights from
Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

Handouts, Packets, and Articles

Must See Videos

New videos have been added since the last issue:

Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight

Life without limits .. Nick Vujicic

Are you a smishing victim?

Voice Recognition using Google Chrome

Word 2010: Mail Merge

Why shopping will never be the same

The 2 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves

Curiosity Has Landed

Clio 12 - Silver Film TV / Cinema - UNICEF "Costume"

Counselors + Data = Achievement 2011

The Counseling Geek: Nexus 7 - The iPad Killer?

Handwrite, a new way to search on Google

The Counseling Geek: A Guide to Digital Portfolios

Group Therapy (spoof)

SuperBetter: A Healing Game

A look at the important work school counselors do

Video: Students apologize to bullied bus monitor

PowerPoint Basics-Embedding Fonts

Mean Girls

PRODIGIES Episode #1: 8-Year Old College Student Tanishq Abraham

Colour Changing Card Trick (Higher Quality)

Domestic Violence (Clever Poster)

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.

– eNewsletter. The 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.

– Must See Videos. When I see a video that would be useful, inspiring, enlightening among counselors, I post it here.

– Twitter. Postings about all thinks counseling, life, humor, and more.

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

Career Posters
Most Popular

Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents.
Did you ever want to combine two or more Word documents into one? You could always copy and paste one document into another but that would be the long and tedious way. Use a better method instead. It’s built right into Word but like many Word features it isn’t all that obvious. Here is how to apply it in Word 2007/2010:

1.Open the document where you want everything to be combined
2.       Place the cursor in the location where you want the material to be added
3.       Click the Insert tab
4.       Open the drop-down menu for "Object"
5.       Choose "Text from file".
6.       A dialog will open, where you can choose the file that you wish to combine with the presently open file.
7.       Click the button "Insert"

And that’s all there is to it.


Would you like to incorporate a thermometer chart on your web site, report, or presentation? Here is a website that will help you do it for free.


How to check a shortened URL to see if it’s safe to click | Tech and life
With so many URL shortener services out there, malicious websites are easily disguising harmful payloads by routing you to their websites via a shortened URL. Here is a website that can help you find out where those little guys are sending you (Step 1) and how to learn more about whether the site is safe (Step 2).


BreakTaker is a lightweight application for Windows that reminds you to take breaks while working on your computer.


Chrome Browser: YouTube Downloader: MP3 / HD Video
This simple extension allows you to download YouTube videos as an MP3 or a high-definition HD Video (MP4 or FLV). It will automatically add a download button to the YouTube video you are watching.
Click here to access.


Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music
This collection of resources for locating music and sounds licensed for re-use is one that I am sharing with the group.


  Solution Focused Brief Counseling Recommended Reading List

SFBC has been applied very successfully in a variety of situations, including addictions counseling, marriage counseling, pastoral counseling, mediation, and with groups of school children. More recently, this model has been successfully applied to solution focused brief consultation with parents and teachers, classroom management, and supervision. These are the books that I recommend to both professionals and others interested in this innovative and powerful approach to changing one's life.

Click here to access.

Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks

Show the right-click worksheet menu without using the mouse. Usse Shift+F10

2.       Creating Gantt Charts in Excel 2007 - Excel Training UK :
3.       Excel Skills Builder—Learn how to create spreadsheets and workbooks, use formulas, and perform data analysis -

The Counseling Geek

Jeff Ream’s blog with lots of wonderful technology tips for school counselors.

Make sure to follow the blogs that Jeff follows:


WCPPS Pininterest Page
Check out Wake County Public School System Counseling and Student Services Counseling and Student Service's Pinterest site. It's packed full of resources!


10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship
YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom. From Khan Academy’s videos to YouTube EDU and beyond, there’s a reason all these videos are finding a home in schools. In an effort to help keep the ball rolling, Google just launched a set of 10 interactive lessons designed to support teachers in educating students on digital citizenship. A topic obviously quite close to Google’s heart.



Search Google from Your Mobile Device with Your Handwriting


Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 - Microsoft Press
202 pages


PowerPoint 2010
Do you want to sharpen your PowerPoint skills? With everything from enhancing your slides with photos to broadcasting them on the web, this learning series has it all!


Says It
Gizmo’s Freeware
Here's a fun site which helps you produce some great looking images. Says It ( makes it easy to create fake items such as a record label (shown below), concert tickets, signs, soft drink cans, and so on.  Just select the type of item you want, type in your required text, and the image is generated in just seconds.

Five Best To-Do List Managers
Source: Lifehacker
“Everyone has some kind of to-do list, but which tool do you use to get it out of your head and keep track of the things you have to do? Whether it's a simple, all-text application, or a fancy cloud-based webapp with mobile app components, we asked you which to-do list managers you thought were the best for the job. Now we're back to take a look at the top five.”


BeGraphics Excel/PowerPoint Add-in
This incredible add-in from adds charting functionality to both Excel and PowerPoint. With both a free (lite) and paid (pro) version, you will be able to create guage charts, infographics, and more!

Also, see my list of favorite Add-Ins among many other handouts and resources:


If you podcast, do presentations, videos or create other media (and you are on a zero to almost zero budget), you know that sometimes you need royalty free music. This site is likely to help. All music in this online collection created by Jason Shaw and released under Creative Commons license 3.0. You are free to use the music (even for commercial purposes) as long as you credit
“” where possible.  Music must be part of some other created works and no further permission is required.


101 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers You Should Know About


10 Best Free YouTube Video Downloaders For Windows


Bundlenut let's you bundle, share, and surf the web in our handy, free in-tab browser! Bundlenut empowers you to leave a comment on each page of your bundle and to control the order in which it's presented!


Classroom Organizer is a web-based program that allows users to maintain and inventory books in their classroom library.


Google Drive
Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just...there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free. Google Drive is also available for iOS devices (iPhones/ iPads/iPod Touch). You can open your Google Drive documents, videos, photos, or other file types on your iOS device.


ShowMe was upgraded to version 3.0. The new version introduces a new three column layout, improved search functions, and easier upload tools. The improved search function, called explore, allows you to look for other lessons created and publicly shared on Show Me. The new upload setting kicks-in automatically when you finish recording your lesson on Show Me. The upload dialogue box now includes a set of recommended tags for you too. If you've never heard of Show Me or have never tried it, it is a free iPad app for creating and sharing whiteboard-style lessons on your iPad.


12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students


WOT (Web of Trust) for Google
This is a must! As wonderful as the Internet is, it has its seedy underbelly, too: Web sites that will rip you off, spam your e-mail account, infect your computer with malware, steal your identity, expose your kids to inappropriate content, and all kinds of other bad stuff. Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow know about other people's experiences with particular Web sites? That's the idea behind WOT, or Web of Trust, an online community that lets people share their Web experiences via extensions for a variety of different browsers.


Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcut
Shift-F3 toggles case among lower, UPPER, and Capitalize Each Word


Google Calculator
Back in the dark ages of Google Search, if you entered in an equation you’d get the answer in bold beneath the search bar. Now, in more enlightened times, Google has added a visual, functional calculator to its search results.
here to see an example.

Get Email Alerts when New Aerial Images are available in Google Maps
Google Maps can send you email alerts whenever they add new satellite and aerial images to your favorites places.


Very Nice Wallpapers

Also see 150 Simple Desktop Wallpapers for Minimalist Lovers - icanbeCreative


Google “Street View” of Antarctica
Follow in the footsteps of great explorers. See the South Pole with Street View!/antarctica


PackedBytes - Packed Chess Free
Packed Chess Free is a free chess game for playing alone or online. It is a simple yet full–featured, beautiful alternative to the chess portals currently existing. For Windows XP SP3, Vista, and Windows 7.


Reel Life Wisdom is for inspiration-seeking movie quote lovers. It features the popular Movie Quote Directory, a collection of over 3,500 hand-picked quotes from films across the ages. Site users can search for great quotes by movie title, actor, and/or year.


Clumsy Thumbsy Autocorrect - Ellen Degeneres Photo Gallery
So funny!


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