Saturday, January 18, 2014 eNewsletter #144 eNewsletter #144
Date of Publication: January 18, 2014

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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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.

YouTube. Counseling related playlists and more.

Free Google Drive and Docs Tutorial

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Word Templates -
Microsoft Word (and other Office program) templates for letters, reports, calendars, and more.


Optical Illusions
PowerPoint with various optical illusions which can be useful in various lessons (e.g., perspective and conflict resolution).


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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.


Hottest Hot Finds Of 2013 from gizmo’s freeware


Talk to Google on Chrome
Now you can talk to Google when you're using Chrome—hands-free, no typing. Simply say "Ok Google" and then ask your question
Watch the video
here. Download the extension here. Also see:

Awesome List Of Google Now Voice Commands
The most important Google Now voice commands and put them in a “Google Now style” infographic.


172 Best Android Apps Of 2013 from addictivetips
2013 was yet another great year for Android and its app ecosystem, with developers really making best use of the power offered by the world’s most popular mobile operating system, resulting in many apps that left us spellbound


The Company Rocks
Excel Video Tutorials, some of the best I have seen.

YouTube Channel:


Hangout Lower Third Graphic - Add Your Name to Hangout Screen
Using the Hangout Lower Third Banner is very important if you use Google Plus Hangouts. Find Ronnie on G+ This training video shows you how to turn it on and customize it for your use.

Online photo editing & creatives made simple and fun with Fotor free online photo editor, features include Photo Collage, Filters, Frames, Effects, Clip Arts, Fonts, and more.

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Online photo editors have become quite powerful. Here are three that I’ve been experimenting with and they are all recommended. Give them a try, they all have a free version.

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Top 50 Best Free Fonts


Amazon Story Builder
With Amazon Storybuilder, notecards are saved online instead on a physical board, giving users access to their projects whenever and wherever inspiration strikes – on their computer, tablet or smartphone.


100 - Practice Something for 100 days
100 is a place for people who live life 100%. Choose what you want to get better at and share a video of your progress every day.


You don’t always need a full-fledged YouTube or Flickr clone to share videos or images. Sometimes all you want is a quick place to upload, so you can link to your media or share it online. MediaCrush gives you just that, as well as some more interesting perks.


Relaxing Music on Youtube
A terrif and probably underused resource on YouTube are all the “videos” that play relaxing music for extended periods of time. For instance, I like this one: which runs for over 3 hours. This one is very nice as well:
Click here for the Youtube search on “relaxing music” and choose from many options:

Games - Free Online Games at Addicting Games!
Whether you are taking a break from your work or need some fun suggestions for the kids, these two game sites should do the trick.


A Guy With No Experience Had a Crazy Idea. And The Result Is Simply BRILLIANT.
He didn’t have any experience, but this man had the courage and willpower to build something with his bare hands instead of settling for “buying” what he wanted. He settled on building a small, pull-behind camping trailer. It took nearly two months (and a LOT of guesswork) but the final result is cool.


Soul Pancake
SoulPancake develops thought-provoking content and creative engagement opportunities that encourage people to explore what it means to be human. Actor Rainn Wilson co-created this site with two of his friends, Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry.

YouTube videos are here:
Here they are on Twitter:


21 People Who Should Have Googled It


Quozio - Make Beautiful Quotes
Educator’s Technology
Enter your text first, then you can see how it looks on various backgrounds, and make your choice. Each background has a specific font, so no need to choose a font or size. This makes it quick and easy! Pin from the site, or right click to download.


30 Naughtiest Dogs: You’ll Crack Up When You Find Out What They Did


Top Documentary Films - Watch Free Documentaries Online
Overall at Top Documentary Films you can find 2100+ (more to come) stunning, eyeopening and interesting documentaries.


Woot Stalker
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This Multiplayer Online Paintball Game Is Fun And Free
If you're partial to shooting things within the confines of your PC, but you don't like the blood and violence of modern games, take a look at Digital Paintball 2.  It's an online paintball game where your only mission is to splat someone with a paint pellet.  No one dies, and the scariest thing is the occasional blast of red paint.

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