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October 21, 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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Need a clever way to motivate your students? Incorporate this book of inspirational quotes to your classroom activities, group discussions, and individual counseling sessions. Utilizing a quote into your lesson plans as an icebreaker, conversation initiator or topic is a simple way to encourage and motivate your students to believe in themselves, improve academically as well as strive for success. Books can be purchased at for 12.95. Multiple orders can be purchased at a discounted price of 8.50 plus shipping and handling through sending an email to

PlanSmart School Counseling Tech Tool
Create a survey in less than 45 minutes.
E-mail an invitation to parents, students or teachers. School counselors create on-line Program Evaluation, Bullying or Needs surveys using PlanSmart templates designed specifically for school counselors. Modify templates or create an original. Collect your responses on-line and distribute your results on-line.
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Sina is a devoted daughter, an average student, and just happens to be at the center of the greatest tomato-flying mishap in Sicily's history.  This heartwarming story of food, family, and a deep and lasting love is destined to become a classic in children's literature.

PASTA is LOVE may make you laugh, and it may make you cry, but one thing is for certain, it will make you hungry!  It may also answer the age-old question, it there really a 'happily ever after?'   Ages 6-9

Available now at:

The Time Elapsed Analysis & Reporting System (T.E.A.R.S.) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that automatically calculates the total amount of time that you have spent in different aspects of your work. After exporting your calendar data from Microsoft Outlook to Excel, this add-in extracts elapsed time, sums up the number of hours in each category, and then produces both a table and a chart. If you ever wondered where your time goes, you will want to use T.E.A.R.S. to learn more.

Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

•         Solution Focused Brief Counseling and Parent Consultation
•         Technology Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Educators
•         Guarding Kids Against High Tech Trouble (Technology Safety)
•         The Data Boot Camp for School Counselors
•         Cyberbullying

Learn more >>>

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Must See Videos

New videos have been added since the last issue:

•        Break Bullying: Not in the Break Room, Not on the Playground
•        In Descent Proposal
•        Addressing Employee Complaints

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.

Counseling resources and more.


99 Life Hacks
These are 99 separate tips to help make your life easier. Some of them are relevant to computers, such as using the tags from packs of bread to tidy your cables.


How to Convert Files by Email
Zamzar, a popular tool for converting files online, has added a new option that lets you convert files by email itself. You can forward your email attachments directly to Zamzar, without downloading them to the desktop, and they’ll be converted in no time.


Microsoft Word: Jumping to the Ends of Table Columns
Word provides a handy shortcut that allows you to quickly jump to either the top or bottom of a column in a table. This can be quite helpful, particularly if you are working with very long tables. If you press Alt+PgUp, you are taken to the first cell in the column, where the insertion point is placed just before the first character in the cell. Likewise, you can jump to the last cell in a column by pressing Alt+PgDn. This moves the insertion point to the last cell in the column, where it is positioned just before the first character in the cell. If you try to use these shortcuts outside of a table, they have no effect.


PowerPoint 2010 Tutorial - How to Insert Slides from Another Presentation - YouTube
This PowerPoint 2010 Tutorial Video will show you how to use slides from existing presentations within your own projects.


New from ASCA: Practitioner-Focused Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Professional School Counseling journal is expanding its focus on action-research articles, written by practicing school counselors. We want to hear from you about the outcome research you have done demonstrating the effectiveness of your interventions and programs. Worried about writing a scholarly article? Don’t be. If your topic is accepted for a Professional School Counseling article, you can request a mentor to help you in the writing and editing process.
Read more:


Facebook Activity Log
Facebook has a new feature as of two weeks ago called the "activity log" located on your wall (to the right of your FB name). Click "activity log" (it goes all the way back to the day you signed up) and for each activity select who can see that activity). Only you can see this. Take a few minutes to review and choose who gets to see what. Here is more:


Updated! Solution Focused Brief Counseling & Consultation Scaling Templates


How to Create eBooks inside Wikipedia
Wikipedia has offered the PDF export functionality on their website for some time but with the recent change, you can export a selection of Wikipedia pages as EPUBs which is a much better format for reading articles offline on mobile phones, ebook readers and tablets. PDF is still a more suitable format for creating print-ready ebooks.


Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012
Introduction to and directions for using Google Drive and Google Documents.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ is an online catalog of dozens of fun icebreaker and team builder activities. The activities are categorized by group size and activity type. To find an activity appropriate for your group just select your group's size then use the activity type key to find "get-to-know-you games," "team building games," or "active (break a sweat) games."

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

Lockdown Your PC When You're Away - Tekzilla Daily Tip
Predator for Windows let's you lock and unlock your PC with a thumbdrive and password. Just create a USB key and take it with you whenever leaving the computer. Potential intruders will be locked out and greeted with a loud and annoying alarm without the proper credentials.


Finally a Free, Flexible Youtube Downloader That Works
Once installed, using Freemake is very simple indeed.  When you access Youtube in your web browser, a new "Download" button appears above the video you're watching.  Press the button and Freemake springs into action, and displays the options shown in the screen shot below.  Choose your desired output format, press the Convert button, and you're done.  Not only can you download videos in this way, but you can also extract the audio in MP3 format so you can listen offline.

NOTE: VirusTotal reckons that the program is free from malware and viruses. However, be aware that it uses the OpenCandy system, which means that it will offer to install one or 2 additional programs for you.  Pay attention during the installation process, and simply tick the "no" boxes unless you want those extra offerings.

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC
Is your PC healthy? Or has it seemed a little under the weather lately? A little-known tool in Windows 7 can give you a report on what is ailing your system. It can also give you a wealth of information about what goes on in a perfectly healthy computer. It’s called the System Health Report.



Download any video from thousands websites! From YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Veoh, Dailymotion and 10,000+ sites. Extract audio, MP3 from YouTube, convert any online video to AVI, MKV, MP3, iPhone, iPod, PSP, Android.


Viper, the plagiarism checker that's accurate, easy and free. Also includes free lesson plans on plagiarism and referencing.

Entirely Elementary...School Counseling (Blog)
Dr. Susan Fuller has been an urban elementary school counselor in Pennsylvania for the past 14 years. I am also certified to teach elementary students and special education students.


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Timer - Simple Online Countdown Timer
This would be awesome for classroom learning activities. Or, a bunch of other timers are included such as for working, warming up in the morning, brushing teeth, and more.

Also see for staying on track with meetings and for another great timer.


Top 14 websites for students from Microsoft
Learning how to find the information you need on the Internet, and how to evaluate and appropriately use the information you find, can be challenging for both parents and students. This page looks at some of the most comprehensive—and reliable—educational websites a student can bookmark and use to research school projects and homework assignments.


Convert PDF to Word & PDF to Doc
Convert PDF to Word Software allows you easily and quickly to convert all your PDF files into Microsoft Word document (.Doc) or (.rtf), while maintaining the same quality of the original PDF file, with text and all images. The converted word file will be easily edited via any version of Microsoft Word.


jazz up your presentations with sounds.


One click screen sharing. No downloads, installs, or sign ups and it's free!


Cloudfogger provides client-side encryption for all files in any folders (up to 5 for the free version) you want to select. It integrates seamlessly with Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box, Google Drive, or any other cloud storage service.


Maily is a free iPad app that provides young children with a safe and fun way to send emails to parents and selected family members. To use Maily parents have to create accounts for their children. Parents select and add contacts for their children. After the account is created children can then send and receive emails only from the people that their parents have added to their children's contacts list. The user interface that children see in Maily is very kid-friendly. Using Maily children can draw pictures, use templates to create emails, and or upload pictures to send. To send an email children click the send button and the select the image of the person to they want to receive their messages.

Color Effects the title of Free Android / iOS App of the Week. Color Effects is an image editor that can take a grayscale image and change the hue of parts of the image to different colors. While most image editors do more than one thing, Color Effects only does this, but does it well.
Gizmo’s Freeware

For iPad and iPhone
Size: 4.5 MB

For Android
Size: 961 KB


Go Back In Time: The First Ever YouTube Video, Tweet, Image, Website, Email, & More

Site offers legal high quality documentaries to stream and download for free.


YouTube Space Lab Experiments
Watch the show that streamed live from the International Space Station and join our host, Bill Nye the Science Guy, as he chats to NASA astronaut, Sunita Williams, to find out the results of the winning Space Lab experiments.


The Kid Should See This ( is a blog comprising a collection of fascinating child-safe videos that you can view online for free. Like all good educational resources, this is one of those that children can watch without realizing they're actually learning something at the same time. And unlike Youtube, you can let your child watch any of the content unsupervised.
Gizmo’s Freeware


Addressing Employee Complaints - Despair, Inc.
In this installment of the award-winning management training series from, company founder Dr. E.L. Kersten provides executives and managers with a shockingly effective strategy for responding to the complaints of their subordinates.

Also see


SciFri: Step Into an Optical Illusion
In Demon Hill, the rules of gravity don't apply as you expect them to.
Watch it


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Sabella & Associates, LLC, 4922 SW 26th PL, Cape Coral, FL 33914 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. 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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