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SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #128

October 10, 2011

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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Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

 

Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors
http://www.schoolcounselor.com/top5training.htm

 

 


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

Texting Doubles a Driver's Reaction Time
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/10/texting-doubles-drivers-reaction-time.html

Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School | Video on TED.com
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/10/geoff-mulgan-short-intro-to-studio.html

Raghava KK: Shake up your story | Video on TED.com
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/09/raghava-kk-shake-up-your-story-video-on.html

In My Mind
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-my-mind.html

Focusing on the solution
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/09/focusing-on-solution.html

Flubaroo - Grading Made Easy
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/09/flubaroo-grading-made-easy.html

Guy Kawasaki 10-20-30 Presentation Rule
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/09/guy-kawasaki-10-20-30-presentation-rule.html

Talk To Me: Kevin McHale for The Trevor Project
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/09/talk-to-me-kevin-mchale-for-trevor.html

Cyberbully - Watch the full movie now.
Seventeen-year-old Taylor Hillridge receives a laptop for her birthday and is excited about the possibilities and freedom offered by the internet. However, events take a drastic turn for the worse when Taylor is bullied online by her classmates.
http://www.hulu.com/watch/271609/cyberbully

Think Before You Speak - Fitting Room
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/08/think-before-you-speak-fitting-room.html

Privacy Student Intro Video - The Digital Footprint
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/08/privacy-student-intro-video-digital.html

Digital Dossier - YouTube
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/08/digital-dossier-youtube.html

iBand HD | Amazing! 24 Piece iPad Performance In School
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/08/iband-hd-amazing-24-piece-ipad.html

Dog jumps up with joy
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/2011/08/dog-jumps-up-with-joy.html

 

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.
http://guardingkids.blogspot.com/

– 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.
http://counselingtechnology.blogspot.com/

– Must See Videos. When I see a video that would be useful, inspiring, enlightening among counselors, I post it here.
http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/

– Twitter. Postings about all thinks counseling, life, humor, and more.
http://twitter.com/rsabella




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

Career Posters
Inspiration/Motivation
Change
Most Popular

Achievement Poster


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TIPS AND TRICKS

Free PDF to Word Converter
http://www.nirmaltv.com/2011/09/10/wondershare-pdf-to-word-converter/

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Delete Your Account
Information on how to delete your account from all of the major social networking, blogging, shopping, etc. sites and services across the web.
http://www.deleteyouraccount.com/

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Quickly Look Up the Definition of Any Word in Google Docs
When you're in Google Docs and want to check the definition of a word, all you need to do is type the word (or select an existing one) and perform a quick keyboard shortcut. For Windows users, that shortcut is Control+Shift+Y. For Mac users, it's Command+Shift+Y. That'll bring up the definition and provide you with the ability to look up more words if you like. It's simple and can be a really useful tool when you're writing. For a demonstration, check out the video here:
http://lifehacker.com/5834650/quickly-look-up-the-definition-of-any-word-in-google-docs

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Microsoft PowerPoint: Example Slide Effects with Instructions
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT010336615.aspx

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Contacts Sync - Sync Outlook Contacts with Gmail Contacts
Contacts Sync is a FREE software to synchronize contacts between Outlook and Gmail.
http://www.pppindia.com/contacts-sync/

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TeachersFirst - Calendar
This clickable calendar listing provides reviewed curriculum resources in a snap, connecting your classroom to events and observances in the world outside of school: holidays, anniversaries, seasonal events, and commemorations. Glance ahead a month or two, and click to find TeachersFirst's rich resources and classroom ideas.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/calendar/

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7 Sticky Notes - Windows 7 Style Sticky Notes for your Desktop!
7 Sticky Notes is a good 100% free desktop notes software that creates Sticky Notes directly
on your Desktop.
http://www.7stickynotes.com/

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What is the cloud? What are the benefits of the cloud? - Tech-Recipes
The nebulous phrase “the cloud” has entered our daily lives. Many companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon are adding cloud services as quickly as possible. New and existing companies are rushing to create new cloud applications. Read more:
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/17354/what-is-the-cloud-what-are-the-benefits-of-the-cloud/

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Bring New Life To PowerPoint Slides With Dozens Of Exciting Free Tools & Resources
Source:
Emerging Education Technology
There are so many of these cool free templates available on the Internet today. Click
here to access a preconfigured search of Microsoft’s Office Site, set up to return dozens of articles with hundreds of free templates for PowerPoint.  To use the templates, you just download them and the follow the instructions provided in the articles.

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iSpring Free PowerPoint to Flash Converter
This is one of my very favorite! With this free program, you can converts .PPT, .PPTX, .PPS, .PPSX to Flash (.SWF); Reduces size of PowerPoint files up to 97%; and easily insert Flash movies and YouTube videos into your PowerPoint.
http://www.ispringsolutions.com/free_powerpoint_to_flash_converter.html

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A Handy Guide To Microsoft's Free Security Tools
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/handy-guide-microsofts-free-security-tools.htm
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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

minus
A dead-simple file sharing site that lets you start dragging and dropping from the word go. Get 10 GB of Free Space; unlimited downloads, and transfer; share large files up to 2 GB each.
http://min.us/rThf5Ti

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Pixlr.com
This one has a full range of filters, effects and tools to achieve just about everything you could ever need in an online photo editor.
http://pixlr.com/

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Wolfram Alpha: Generate Safe Passwords
Source:
http://www.labnol.org/internet/generate-strong-passwords/20052/
To get started, go to the wolframalpha.com website and type a natural-language query like password of n characters to create your unique password (n is the length of the password). Unlike other password generators, Wolfram Alpha offers a phonetic form for every password to make it a bit easier for you to memorize that complex string. It also shows the time it would take for a computer to break that particular password.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=password+of+8+characters

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Google Translator Toolkit
You can create a new translation by uploading a file or by specifying a URL to a web page, a Wikipedia™ article or a knol
http://translate.google.com/toolkit/docupload

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Tools for Creating Book Trailer Videos
The traditional book report that asks students to critique the books that they read is a staple of many classrooms. If you would like to add a new element to book reports try having students add visual and audio components to book reports by having students create book trailers.
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/08/5-free-tools-for-creating-video-book.html

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DROPitTOme is a free service that works with Drop Box to allow people to upload files to your Drop Box account without giving them access to the contents of your Drop Box account.
http://www.dropitto.me/

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Office Timeline (Free PowerPoint Addin)
Office Timeline allows you to create visually appealing timelines in a matter of minutes inside PowerPoint vs. creating them manually, which may take you 30 minutes or more, or worse...cost hundreds of dollars for products that don't fully integrate with PowerPoint. Designed for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010
http://www.officetimeline.com/overview.aspx

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ProEject is an easy to use application which allows you to safely dismount a removable drive by closing running applications and open windows, as well as clearing the registry and folders of any trace that the USB drive might have left behind. By placing ProEject on the same drive you want to eject and running, will automatically eject the drive with little fuss. It’s that simple.
http://softwarespot.wordpress.com/software/proeject/

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420 Free Movies Online
http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline

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Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup
Backing up your Microsoft Outlook information is quicker and easier with the Personal Folders Backup feature. Personal Folders Backup creates backup copies of your .PST files at regular intervals, in Outlook 2002 and later versions, making it easy to keep all of your Outlook folders safely backed up.
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=9003

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Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Free.
http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

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LacyMeter: Your To-Do List, One Day At A Time
Kiss your overwhelming to-do list goodbye, and start using the only to-do list you’ll finish every day.
http://www.lazymeter.com/
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JUST FOR FUN

FatFingers - eBay typos, misspelling & spelling mistakes
Thousands of items are listed on eBay with spelling mistakes. These often end with no bids as no-one can find them. This is the hidden ebay ...
http://fatfingers.com/

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Aviary.com
Free online photo editor, this one makes it easy and fun!
http://www.aviary.com/

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Youtube: Piano Guys
One of my very favorite Youtube channels.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePianoGuys

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Selling Arts & Crafts: 3 places to set up shop for free
Source:
Komando.com
 
Selling items online is a good way to raise extra money. You could set up your own website, of course, but it takes time to create and then market the site to attract visitors. Instead, set up shop at one of these popular sites. They're all dedicated to selling arts and crafts. You do very little set-up work, and all the marketing is done for you.
Read more >>>

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BlueScreen Screen Saver
One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897558

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How to Create your own Crossword Puzzles
http://www.labnol.org/software/create-crossword-puzzles/20097/

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GuardingKids.com: A Practical Guide to Keeping Kids Out of High-Tech Trouble

Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.

From podcasts to porn, cyberbullying to cell phones, Dr. Russell Sabella helps readers understand the risks that emerge when high-tech tools, uninformed parents, and exuberant youth collide. Because kids are growing up with modern technologies, many are more expert than their parents. As a result, a parent's ability to make effective decisions for how technology is used may be compromised.

GuardingKids.com empowers parents, educators, and other care takers to better understand the electronic terrain. Readers will be better able to help children safely and securely navigate a minefield of inappropriate and risky situations.

http://www.guardingkids.com/

 

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