Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #136

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #136
  January 15, 2013

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

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Throw away your fax machine! With HelloFax, you can send & receive faxes sign documents and fill out forms ... all from your computer

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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.


Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

Updated Onsite Professional Development Catalog for School Counselors, Administrators, and other Educators

Must See Videos (http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/)
New videos have been added since the last issue:

Steubenville Football & Rape Culture
•         101 East - Web of Hate
•         Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review
•         Giving Kids Hope
•         Amazing Levitation Science Stunt
•         The Missing Piece
•         Cardboard bicycle project
•         Changing Focus in PowerPoint
•         10 more bets you will always win
Customized Webinars for your School or District

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.

– 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.

– 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.

– Pinterest. Lots of resources for counselors, parents, and others.


How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive
Is your C:\ drive getting crowded? Would you like to move some things to another drive or partition to free up space? Maybe it’s one of the personal system folders like My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos or the Download folder that is taking up a lot of space. If you have another partition or hard drive, consider moving some system folders to a second volume. This site tells you how it’s done ...


PREDATOR locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened.
It uses a regular USB flash drive as an access control device,


Master your Presentation in 25 Steps
This is an important post and the goal of this post is ambitious. In this post I am going to outline the entire process of making a presentation. This post applies to any presentation made using PowerPoint or any other software.


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

Gmail and Drive - A New Way to Send Files
Since Google Drive launched in April, millions of people have started using Drive to keep, create and share files. Starting today, it’s even easier to share with others: you can insert files from Drive directly into an email without leaving your Gmail.


Using Microsoft Word? Here's How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja
Whether you’re writing letters, articles, a research paper or the world’s next great novel, Microsoft Word can save you a great deal of time if you take a few moments to customize the software for your particular habits and use.


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.


Creating an Agenda Template in Excel
When planning a meeting, an event or activity, we deal with many individual steps (each taking certain amount of time). Today let us understand how to create an agenda template in Excel using simple formulas.


This prevents your Windows PC from sleeping or hibernating which can sometimes interrupt a process such as watching a movie, downloading a large file, or allow you to remotely log in.
Download here.


Joe's Goals is a simple yet powerful tool to make tracking your goals the easiest part of accomplishing them. Use the simple single page interface to setup daily goals and track them with just a click. Watch your daily score to gage your success and use negative goals (or vices) to confront and overcome bad habits that finally need to get the boot. Share your success with your friends and family or post your personal score badge to your blog or MySpace page. Add as many Goals as you want and update them all from a single interface.



Microsoft Excel: Get a line break inside a cell
Use ALT+Enter to get a line break inside a cell. If you need to type content in a cell and you want to see it in multiple lines then use alt + enter to break the content in several lines. See to the below example.



YouTube Thumbnail Finder
Paste a URL to a YouTube video in the box below to get the video's thumbnail URL.


Chandoo.org – A short introduction to our site
This is a site that will help you to “become awesome in Excel.”


School Counseling On Air Google+ Page
A collaboration between many school counselor bloggers across the country is coming together to offer a new experience for many of us. During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 4th - 10th, there will be nightly presentations hosted on Google Hangouts (there is opportunity for participation with this platform) and streamed live over YouTube. You can see the schedule posted above for topics and presenters. All will begin at 8PM EST/5PM PST and last about an hour.
here to learn more.


AutoStarter X3 is a tool to create a list with your files, shortcuts, webpages, directories and music, which you would like to open by launching a single batch file.


How To Record Video and Audio Skype Calls (Macintosh only)
Want to do record your Skype calls using split screen? This could work.


Cold Turkey is a free/open source program that you can use to temporarily block yourself off of popular social media sites, addicting websites, online games and whatever else you want! You can use it to help you concentrate while you work on your computer. Imagine how fast you could do your work without all those distractions!


QuickRota manages shared task, so you don't have to waste your time reminding others to do their portion of the work.


Toggl - Time Tracking that Works
Time track anywhere on anything: Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Android.


IfWeRanTheWorld is a real-world experiment in tapping good intentions and turning them into tangible, do-able microactions that anyone and everyone can help you to do. All of us can achieve more than one of us, and everything starts with a microaction.


Sound Sleeping: Sounds to help you sleep and relax.
The free relaxing music and nature sounds on this website have been carefully chosen for their ability to aid sleep, reduce stress, and provide a relaxing atmosphere for activities such as yoga, tai-chi, and meditation.


PaperKarma helps get rid of junk mail and save the Earth - all from your phone! PaperKarma is the easy way to take control of your paper junk mail, cut your paper waste, and help save the Earth — by taking photos! Simply pull out your phone and snap photos of the offending mail. PaperKarma will figure out what it is and how to stop it
Android or iTunes


Calme is a way to create calendars and planners with ease. You can choose your own color scheme, tweak fonts and borders, import holidays and birthdays, or even add your own photos. There are 12 different templates to choose from. Calendars can print in a wide variety of sizes and formats.
Direct download:



The MakeitOne MP3 Album Maker allows you to pack/join your MP3 files in a single file - whilst still allowing full playability, tag editing and unpacking.


Google Goggles
Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, a storefront, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information.
iTunes (included in the Google Search app)


Three applications in one! A nutritional database, powered by CalorieKing, combined with a restaurant locator and a food tracking tool.
Android or iOS



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