Friday, November 23, 2012

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #135

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #135
November 23, 2012

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
news@schoolcounselor.com
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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.

http://www.schoolcounselor.com/tears/

Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

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:

http://www.schoolcounselor.com/top5training.htm
See Handouts: http://www.schoolcounselor.com/resources/publications2.htm
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/top5training.htm


Must See Videos
New videos have been added since the last issue:

Daphne Bavelier: Your Brain on Video Games
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/11/daphne-bavelier-your-brain-on-video.html

Protecting Reputations Online in Plain English
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/11/protecting-reputations-online-in-plain.html

Keep it Tame
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/11/keep-it-tame.html

Key & Peele - The School Bully (FULL HD)
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/11/key-peele-school-bully-full-hd.html

JAXON SMITH FOO FIGHTERS Pretender 6 yr old self taught drummer
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/11/jaxon-smith-foo-fighters-pretender-6-yr.html

Understanding the Common Core State Standards
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/11/understanding-common-core-state.html

Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2012/10/marco-tempest-cyber-magic-card-trick.html
 

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

– Pinterest. Lots of resources for counselors, parents, and others.
http://pinterest.com/rsabella/

TIPS AND TRICKS
20 must-know Windows 8 tips and tricks
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2012885/20-must-know-windows-8-tips-and-tricks.html

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Open Office Documents in the Browser with Office Web Apps Viewer
If you are to open an online document/spreadsheet/presentation inside the Office viewer, all you need to do is append the URL (web address) of that file to “view.officeapps.live.com” as shown in this example.
http://www.labnol.org/internet/google-docs-viewer-alternative/26591/

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PowerPoint: Add Audio to a Range of Slides
When you create a presentation through PowerPoint, there will be times that you want to play an audio file during a specific range of slides. Although it is possible, this option is hidden from the Audio Tool in the ribbon. This tutorial will show you how to access this advanced feature. This tutorial works for Powerpoint 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/31902/powerpoint-add-audio-to-a-range-of-slides/

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Microsoft Word: Entering Tabs in a Table
When you are entering text in a table, some of the keyboard keys don't function as they do when you are working in the body of your document. One of those keys is the Tab key. If you press Tab, the insertion point moves to the next cell in the table, or if you are at the end of the table, it creates a new row. There may be times, however, when you want a tab character in the table's text. In order to insert a tab, you can use either of these methods:
Press Ctrl+Tab. Hold down the Alt key as you type 0009 on the numeric keypad.
Source:
Word Tips

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Fast Duplicate File Finder FREEWARE will help you to find duplicate files in a folder and its sub folders. The application will compare the content of your files so it will find duplicates even if they are using different file names. The Professional version can also find similar files regardless of their file types. It will analyze the content of the files in order to find similar files and not just file attributes like name and size as the standard duplicate file finders do.
http://www.mindgems.com/products/Fast-Duplicate-File-Finder/

Also check out
http://lifehacker.com/5535510/clean-up-your-photo-collection-with-free-tools

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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.
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/tears/

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Microsoft Excel: Wrapping text and forcing line breaks
Sometimes, it’s necessary for text to appear on multiple lines within a cell, for example, when you enter people’s addresses. To create this effect, you can have Excel automatically wrap text, or you can manually enter a line break. Guidelines on how to do both can be found here:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/wrap-text-in-a-cell-HP001216382.aspx

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Possible Interview Questions for School Counselors

The following questions are designed to help you think about and prepare for your school counselor position interview. These are actual questions sent in by school counselors after an interview.
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/resources/interview.htm

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Lifehacker: Do You Encrypt Your Data?
We worry a lot about the security of our online data, but what about all the information that's just sitting there on your computer—vulnerable and waiting for the right thief to come along?
http://lifehacker.com/5960947/do-you-encrypt-your-data

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Some new ways to get stuff done in Google Drive
In case you haven’t noticed them already, here are a handful of small updates that will make it easier to find, organize, and view stuff on Drive.
http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2012/11/some-new-ways-to-get-stuff-done-in.html

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


WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE
Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2012 from Technology Tidbits
http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-100-sites-apps-of-2012.html

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Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.
http://www.zotero.org/

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Text Mechanic! A collection of free, online, browser-based, text manipulation tools.
http://www.textmechanic.com/

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Teachem is a free online web site that where you can easily turn YouTube videos into online classes that can be private or public. A variety of additional teaching and learning aids, such as Flash Cards and ‘SmartNotes’ round out the functionality to deliver a uniquely powerful tool for delivering flipped course content. Originally modeled off of their sister website focused on legal education, Lawline.com, the parent company started Teachem to provide this great, free functionality to teachers of all subjects.
Source:
Emerging EdTech
Direct site:
http://www.teachem.com/

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jyjoyner counselor: More iPad apps for School Counselors:
http://jyjoynercounselor.blogspot.com/2012/11/more-apps-for-school-counselors.html

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Asana is the shared task list for your team. The place to plan, organize & stay in sync.
http://www.asana.com/

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FairStars CD Ripper is a free powerful software for ripping audio CD tracks to WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE and WAV formats files on-the-fly. Free CDDB is supported(Querying & Submiting). It supports normalization when ripping, and also support ID3 tag. FairStars CD Ripper also supports playback with its built-in player.
http://www.fairstars.com/cdripper/

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9 Ways Students Can Host Peer Tutoring Sessions Online
Today, thanks to web conferencing tools, students don't even need to be in the same country in order to tutor each other. Here are some good tools that students can use to host peer tutoring sessions online.
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/11/9-ways-students-can-host-peer-tutoring.html

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: 10 Sites for Educational Documentaries
Documentaries are used in education all the time to educate and inform students about different nonfictional topics.  While there are a ton of sites to choose from, this site provides a list to make it easier for educators to find what they are looking for.
http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2012/10/10-sites-for-documentaries.html

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Best Free File Encryption Utility
Encryption is a process of encoding information so that it cannot be accessed by others unless they have the key needed to decode it. Encryption is usually used to protect highly sensitive documents, but it's also a good way to stop people from looking at your personal stuff.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-encryption-utility.htm

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JUST FOR FUN

Spike is simple and fun, and is best learned by playing around with it. Use Spike search to see what's trending around anything. Check for trending news involving political candidates, news items, topics of interest, or anything else. Spike search ranks results based on how fast they're spreading now. It's still in "beta" - meaning we're testing it out and seeing what works.
http://spike.newswhip.com/

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From Marissa’s Blog: On Thursday, August 16th, all 8 elementary school counselors in my district got together for a Pinterest Party! Each school counselor brought materials for at least one project. It was unbelievably fun and energizing! I thought I'd share some of the projects we made, with links to the actual Pinterest activities. Also, two of my brave colleagues agreed to explain a couple of their ideas on camera. Enjoy!
http://www.elementaryschoolcounseling.org/1/post/2012/08/pinterest-party.html

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Nextdoor
Join the free private social network for your neighborhood. Over 5,000 communities across the U.S. are using Nextdoor to strengthen their neighborhoods.
https://nextdoor.com/

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Doberman vs. Kitten (video)
http://www.wimp.com/kittendoberman/

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