Saturday, March 30, 2013 eNewsletter #138

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Date of Publication: March 30, 2013

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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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

Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

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

•         9 year old discusses the meaning of life and the universe
•         What Drones Can See
•         Google Keep
•         Paper is not dead ...
•         Fun wedding talk by Dad
•         Social Media Video 2013
•         Respect Explained
•         Easy Scheduling with Doodle
•         What most schools don't teach

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.

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

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Microsoft Excel: Enter data quickly into multiple cells
How to Excel at Excel
Here is a really quick tip for fast data entry.  Using CTRL+Enter you can easily multi cell fill really quickly.

1. Select the cells you want to enter the same value or formula into

2. Type the value or formula in the active cell

3. Hold the CTRL key and hit Enter

That's it, your cells are filled!


How to Run a Poll on Google Plus
Facebook offers a useful “questions” feature that allows you to conduct polls and people can participate in the poll right inside their Facebook newsfeed. You can create polls on your Facebook Page (see example) though not on your personal profile. Google Plus, unlike Facebook, doesn’t include support for polls but there’s a little workaround that will help you convert a regular status update into a live poll. To get a better picture, please see this sample poll running completely inside Google Plus.


PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

Check out their PowerPoint resource page at


Google Takeout is an application that lets users of Google products such as YouTube, Blogger, Reader, and Plus export (backup) their data to a downloadable zip file.

This web site 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, a very active
blog, links, and more. Russ's most recent book and workshops are primary resources for meeting this mission.



Loads of Troubleshooting Help From Microsoft, All In One Place
If you're having a problem on your PC, you probably start by searching for the solution with Google.  However, a better route (or something to try if Google isn't successful) might be to go straight to Microsoft's web site.  The trouble, if course, is knowing where to start, and how to bypass the sales blurb and get straight to the useful info. A good entry point is in most cases.  Choose the product you need help with, and the specific version of Windows if relevant, and you'll find a friendly menu of common problems and solutions.  In many cases, you can even download a special fix file which will solve your problem with a single click.

Also see
Microsoft Safety Scanner


Free Microsoft Office Webinars every Tuesday, Watch Videos Anytime
Join the group every Tuesday for free webinars about how to use Office programs. You can watch the Office 15-Minute Webinars live, or view them later. They run 9:15 am-9:30 am Pacific time on Tuesdays with a live Q&A session to follow. You can also download a calendar reminder for the series as well as links to previous recordings below as they become available.


Keyboard shortcuts for Google documents
A list of keyboard shortcuts for Google documents.


How to Use any YouTube Video as your Page Background :
You are probably using a single static image as the background for your website but it may offer a slightly more richer experience if you could consider placing moving images, like an animation or a self-playing video clip, in the background of your web pages.


PowerPoint: Use a video as a background for your slides
This tutorial demonstrates how you can use one of your videos as a background for your slides.


4 Totally Weird (and Crazy Effective) Time Management Tips
1. Only check your email while you’re standing up
2. Eat at the same time every day
3. Master the art of the 1-hour time slot
4. Put your legs up the wall
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Free Kindle Books in different categories.

Free online file hosting. The files are kept forever as long as they are being downloaded. If the files are not downloaded even once within 30 days consecutively they are removed. If you have a premium account your files are never deleted.


WebAnywhere is a non-visual interface to the web that requires no new software to be downloaded or installed. It works right in the browser, which means you can access it from any computer, even locked-down public computer terminals. WebAnywhere enables you to interact with the web in a similar way to how you may have used other screen readers before.


Sticky notes programs that allow you to brainstorm an idea by moving notes around on screen are nothing new.  Online systems that allow you to do the same thing without installing a program on your PC are common.  But Stormboard takes the concept to a new level, by adding real-time collaboration. You can share note boards across the internet, and each participant can move notes, add new ones, make comments, and so on.  It's a great way to discuss a new idea.  And once you're done, you can save the resulting board as an image, PDF file or spreadsheet. Currently free for up to 1 administrator and 5 participants.


Enchanted Keyfinder it is a utility that retrieves the product key used to install Windows from your registry or from an unbootable Windows installation. It works on Windows 9X, ME, NT/2K/XP, and Vista/Win7 and for other software.


ASCA Annual Conference 2013 App
Available for android, iOs, and Blackberry


Google is doing away with Reader
Google Reader will be gone soon and the faster you start looking for ways to move on, the better. This site will help you back up your stuff and select a new reader.

School Counselor Central FB Page
Reviews & recommendations of tools for education
Check out their technology training guide for different sites and apps. Here is the link for the digital document


Google Keep
Google does it again! Save what's on your mind and remember anything you need wherever you are. With Google Keep, stay on top of your world by quickly accessing and organizing the information you want. Enter a note with your voice, add a photo, or just type a list. All your notes are instantly saved across your devices.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ turns any ordinary saying texts into a beautiful typography art picture for use on Facebook, Google Plus, E-Cards, Wallpapers, and Prints.


New on the
Handouts section of
PowerPoint with various optical illusions which can be useful in various lessons (e.g., perspective and conflict resolution).



12 Delicious Examples of Food Served Inside Food

A free web service, developed by Ramunas Geciauskas, that provides ambient music and soothing landscapes to help you relax and avoid stress in your daily life.


Free Online Computer Science Course from Harvard
This free online computer science course is an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science. Topics include algorithms (their design, implementation, and analysis); software development (abstraction, encapsulation, data structures, debugging, and testing); architecture of computers (low-level data representation and instruction processing); computer systems (programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and databases); and computers in the real world (networks, websites, security, forensics, and cryptography). The course teaches students how to think more carefully and how to solve problems more effectively. Problem sets involve extensive programming in C as well as PHP and JavaScript.
here to access.


Free Music
Free downloads of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by Dr. James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany, are offered on this site.


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