Saturday, April 28, 2012 eNewsletter #131

If you have not seen it yet, issue #131 is now online: eNewsletter #131

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 

Saturday, April 21, 2012 eNewsletter #131 eNewsletter #131 April 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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Highlights from
Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

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

It Gets Better: Kayla in Primghar My brother's story

Internet and Technology Safety for Children and Adolescents

Two Standley Lake High School Students Face Felony Charges In Sexting Case

Caine's Arcade

Innovation in ISD 199

Project Glass: One day...

Pint-sized powerlifter

Teachers Get Tech Tips from Students

Life In A Day

Developing Robots That Can Teach Humans

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.

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Amazing Google Search Tricks You Need to Know - Brajeshwar


Import Google Images into your Office Documents
The Office Online website is an excellent resource to find high-resolution stock photographs, clip arts, GIF animations and other graphics that you can use in your PowerPoint presentations or Word Documents for free without having to worry about any licensing issues.


Quick and Easy Way to Delete Internet Browser Caches, Cookies, or History


My Top Add-ins, Plug-ins, and Extensions


Building your school counseling program (article)


PDFRider is an utility for doing some simple manipulations to PDF documents.


MouseExtender - launcher for Windows
MouseExtender is a cosy utility with shortcuts to programs, folders and system functions (Control panel, Restart and Shutdown). This program allows you to improve your productivity. It is extremely simple and fully customizable.


Scrapbook of a School Counselor
“Creating and collecting relevant resources for school counselors.”



Web site AccountKiller offers clear and simple instructions for deleting online accounts at all the most popular sites—and with deletion instructions for over 150 sites, some less popular sites, as well.


Comodo Valkyrie
If you have a Portable Executable (PE) file (.exe, .dll, .sys etc) that you would like to be analysed, please upload it using the form below. Within seconds, detailed detection results will be displayed in the 'Static' and 'Dynamic' tabs. Users will also see an 'overall' security verdict for the file prominently displayed at the top of the page.

Also see:
VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware and URL Scanner

Psychology Tools
PsychologyTools develops free materials for mental health professionals. It aims to enhance everyone's toolboxes by creating and sharing useful resources.


stickK empowers you to better your lifestyle. We offer you the opportunity, through 'Commitment Contracts', to show to yourself and others the value you put on achieving your goals.

Also see




Download and Install Google Fonts on your Computer

Google Font Directory:


DiscWizard makes adding a new hard drive much easier. It can be used in several different ways. For example, you can use it to copy all the data from an old drive to the new one. The new drive will have the operating system, and will be bootable. DiscWizard can also partition and format a new drive for additional storage.


Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources


Free online OCR is a free online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. You can use this service to extract text from any image you supply. This service is free, no registration necessary. We also do not need your email address. Just upload your image files. Free-OCR takes either a JPG, GIF, TIFF BMP or PDF (only first page).


Photo editor online / free image editing direct in your browser
This site allows you to edit photos right on the Web, so you can use it from any computer.


Printable Paper
More than 900 papers you can download and print for free. Printable Paper


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.


YouTubeFisher is a stand-alone application that allows to download videos and audios directly from YouTube. YouTubeFisher isn't a converter, it only retrieves the video and saves it in the format choosen by the user. YouTubeFisher is the first software that can download video in WebM format, with 4K resolution or even in 3D!


Screenshot tool optimized for productivity. Save a screenshot or a part of the screen to a file within a second. Apply text and shapes to the screenshot. Offers capture of window, region or full screenshot. Supports several image formats.


Close All Open Windows with a Single Click
This program lets you close all running applications with just a single click. It doesn’t use system resources because it only flashes a ‘close’ signal to all open applications on the desktop and then ceases. Just create a shortcut to the tool in the Start Menu, Quick Launch, Windows 7 Taskbar or elsewhere.

The mission of The College Game Project is to develop a multimedia repository for counselors, students, parents, and teachers that provides practical solutions to common student problems.  The on-line portion of this repository supplies free videos, presentations and links to books and resources that fit the mission of the project.  The College Game Project focuses on helping students in two areas: Academic Life Skills and Career Readiness Skills.


The Newspaper Clipping Image Generator - Create your own fun newspaper


Battleship - Word Games
The classic strategy game Battleship is now online.


Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker, Black/Blue
Fitbit Ultra tracks your everyday steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, and more, motivating you throughout the day.!/rsabella/status/181558103706320896


Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create "Cliplets" -- a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos. The app provides a creative lens one can use to focus on important aspects of a moment by mixing static and dynamic elements from a video clip.


Top 10 quirky science tricks for parties - YouTube

Love this one too:
Make A Vortex Cannon!


How to load a case of soda in the fridge in under 10 seconds - YouTube


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Special Issue on Bullying

Florida School Counselor, Spring 2012 is now Available

In this issue:

When Bullies Grow Up
Enhancing Guidance Lessons with Interactive Whiteboards
Bullies Without Borders
The Buzz on Bullying
Homophobic Language in Schools Hurts Everyone
Celebrating Colleague
Bullying Resources and Publications

Reader navigation instructions are opposite the cover page. Remember that links and ads are clickable to learn more, access resources, and respond.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act: What Schools Must and Should Do 

I would like to encourage school counselors to attend a webinar that Embracing Digital Youth will be presenting tomorrow. The webinar addresses the requirements of a new statute Protecting Children in the 21st Century. This requirement to teach "Internet safety" is coming into schools in association with the E-rate - a program that provides funds for technology services in schools.

The concern about this program is that schools will use one-shot assemblies that use scare tactics and present simplistic rules and think they have accomplished what they need to do.

This 90- minute highly interactive webinar will involve a researcher, educational technology professional, school librarian, and state safe schools coordinator. The webinar will be encouraging a multidisciplinary approach. The safe schools coordinator will be specifically addressing the issues related to integrating this new requirement into curriculum and instruction that addresses aspects of youth risk - including aggression and dating violence. I have had the opportunity to view some of the materials in preparation and know that this will be a valuable learning opportunity.

It will be exceptionally helpful to have school counselors fully engaged in these discussions in their districts and schools.

The webinar is tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern time. It is necessary to register at least 2 hours before. The webinar will also be available in an archive. More information on the webinar is here:

The next webinar will be on April 26  Positive Peer-based Approaches to Address Cyberbullying  

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