Sunday, March 16, 2014

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #145


SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #145
Date of Publication: March 16, 2014
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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Must See Videos


New “must see” videos have been added since the last issue:

•          Add-ons for Google Docs & Sheets
•          FIRST KISS
•          a WOW wedding
•          With A Piece Of Chalk - JuBaFilms
•          Amazing engineering
•          Empathy vs. Sympathy
•          The Racist War on Drugs (+playlist)
•          Happy 4th of July from a Dog
•          Selfie
•          A Conference Call in Real Life

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.

– PinterestLots of resources for counselors, parents, and others.

– YouTubeCounseling related playlists and more.

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Arrange windows side by side on the Windows desktop using Snap.

To arrange windows side by side:

1.Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until an outline of the expanded window appears.

2.Release the mouse to expand the window.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with another window to arrange the windows side by side.

To watch a video of this process, click here.

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Can I get Microsoft Word to open a document at the place I was last editing it?
Yes, you can. Shift+F5 should take you back to the last edit you made.

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OutlookAttachView scans all messages stored in your Outlook, and displays the list of all attached files that it finds. You can easily select one or more attachments and save all of them into the desired folder, as well as you can delete unwanted large attachments that take too much disk space in your mailbox. You can also save the list of attachments into xml/html/text/csv file.

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How to Password Protect a Google Form
What if you wanted to password-protect your Google Forms and restrict access to certain users who have been provided the password. This feature is obviously not available in Google Forms but we can use a simple workaround that will prevent users from entering data into that form if they do not know the password.

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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.

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


Career Posters
Inspiration/Motivation
Change
Most Popular

  
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Your Own Teleprompter
More counselors are doing online videos with Google Hangouts, Skype, YouTube, and other platforms. Here are several websites that will help you polish up your broadcast by turning your own computer into a teleprompter:

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Download Videos from Youtube, Google, Metacafe - SaveFrom.net
SaveFrom.net makes downloading from the internet convenient and simple. With our help you can download audio, video, and other types of files from various websites and social networks.

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Sound Search Engine | SoundJax.com
SoundJax is semi autonomous sound search platform that indexes and renders waveforms, tags, and catalogs audio from the internet. SoundJax promises to be the future of sound search.

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PowerPoint: Remove All Notes From Slides
Before sharing your PowerPoint files, you may want to remove all your notes. Instead of doing that manually, one at a time, you may want to do it automatically. To do this:

File –> Info –> Check for Issues –> Inspect Document
Only select “Presentation Notes” Inspect.
Remove all when it says “notes were found.”

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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone and tablet whenever missing, whether you're in town or abroad. Open source, proven software with hundreds of documented recoveries all around the world. Supported across many platforms including Android 2+, iOS 4.3+, Mac OSX Tiger and up, Windows XP and up, and most flavours of Linux.

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MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.

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AudioDocs can convert Microsoft Word Documents to Wave Files so you can hear the documents that you created.

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Track Your Happiness
Track Your Happiness.org is a new scientific research project that investigates what makes life worth living. Using this site, you’ll be able to track your happiness and find out what factors – for you personally – are associated with greater happiness. You’ll also contribute to our scientific understanding of happiness.

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Freebook Sifter - A Resource for Free books
Freebook Sifter makes it easy to find over 38000 free eBooks on Amazon.com.

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TyperTask increases your efficiency by automating your keyboard! This tool simulates keyboard typing, and can be used to instantly type common phrases. Use it to automate chat conversations, website logins, programming code blocks, HTML tags, or anything else you can imagine.

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Google Docs Add-ons
Google does it again with Add-ons which are new tools created by third-party developers that give you even more capabilities in your documents and spreadsheets.

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School Counseling Related Handouts!
Did you know that Russ Sabella has several dozen handouts in the area of counseling technology, ASCA Model, cyberbullying, digital reputation, and more on his website.

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PaperKarma
PaperKarma lets you take photos of the unwanted mail you want to stop. Snap a photo, and you're done. They automatically contact the Mailer and remove you from their distribution list. PaperKarma can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you

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JUST FOR FUN
 

100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!)
In the spring of 2007, Julius Wiedemann, editor in charge at Taschen GmbH, gave a legendary TED University talk: an ultra-fast-moving ride through the “100 websites you should know and use.” Six years later, it remains one of the most viewed TED blog posts ever. Here is the latest version:

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The 13 craziest documentaries on YouTube

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Internet Archive
Feature films, shorts, silent films and trailers are available for viewing and downloading. Enjoy!

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Podiobooks (free audio books)
If you like listening to audiobooks then you must appreciate all online sources that provide them for free. On such source is “Podiobooks” – a web service offering free audiobooks that cover a variety of genres.

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AllFlicks
Netflix' built in search options are okay if you know the title of the film you want to watch. Outside of that, though, search is pretty limited. AllFlicks provides much more powerful search criteria.

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