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Top 5 Professional Development Opportunities from Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.

Development Opportunities from Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D. Solution Focused Brief Counseling and Parent Consultation.

Solution Focused Brief Counseling and Parent Consultation. This experiential workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced school counselors, mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, educators, other human service professionals, and educators who want to learn an innovative approach to empower their clients/consultees/students to recognize and utilize their resources. This model uses a systematic, five-step approach in which students/parents focus on solutions rather than problems. They are encouraged to think about times when their problems did not exist, and how these times contributed to the absence of the problem, and how to recreate such circumstances in their present situations. Focus is on the students/parents strengths and abilities rather than their weaknesses. Solutions are derived by the students/parents themselves and therefore not only are they more involved in their success, but the solutions fit their unique lifestyles. Finally, because they find their own solutions that work, often self-esteem is increased. With this emphasis of counseling on solutions rather than problems, counseling becomes brief.

Technology Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Educators. Learn about the most powerful features of various applications including word processing, spreadsheet, multimedia, and Internet. Dr. Sabella will share his most coveted tips, tricks, and short cuts to help you become more effective, efficient, and have more fun in your work! Lots of handouts and time for questions and answers.

Guarding Kids Against High Tech Trouble (Technology Safety). The goal of the seminar is to alert parents, educators and other caretakers about the dangers that technology poses to children and to give them tools they can readily use to keep kids safe and away from high tech trouble. The workshop covers topics such as social networks (e.g., Myspace.com), sexual predators, threats to privacy such as online diaries/blogs, cyberbullying and hate, inappropriate web sites and other materials,

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inappropriate use of gadgets such as cell phones, mp3 players, game appliances, and electronic communication such as e-mail, instant messaging, chatroo ms and bulletin boards. Visit http://GuardingKids.com for more details.

The Data Boot Camp for School Counselors is designed to advance technological literacy among counselors in a useful and practical manner. Particular attention is given to using Microsoft Excel™ to make data an important part of your comprehensive school counseling program. From data-driven decision making, to monitoring progress, to reporting the positive impact you're having on kids -- this workshop will demystify how it's done. Workshop content is pre-planned although flexible enough to meet individuals’ specific technological training needs. This workshop is conducted in a computer lab or with laptops so participants can gain valuable hands-on practice.

Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, with the intention of harming others. The technology used includes e-mail, message boards, blogs, instant messaging, cell phone, text messaging, defamatory personal Web sites and/or online personal polling Web sites. Frequently, media such as sounds, text, video, altered graphics, and photos are incorporated into the piece to add to the attacks. This workshop endeavors to help you understand the nature of cyberbulling and provides helpful tips for prevention and intervention among both bullies and victims.

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SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter #96

July 20, 2008

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 newsletter@schoolcounselor.com.

Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

Must See Videos New videos added since the last issue. http://www.schoolcounselor.com/videos/

Go directly to Through M y Eyes.This video was made to present to the PTA and the faculty of my school. The principal said it was "TOO GRAPHIC" and that the agenda was already done for tonight's meeting. Well now I have decided to share my GRAPHIC life within the walls of her Middle School with others. Help make a difference by standing up and speaking out about school violence. I am allowing all comments to prove a point that there is cyber bullying as well. Victims portrayed in this video are not students of Udall Road School. Anyone may use this video as long as the creator Patrick Kohlmann is given credit for it.

Posters

Get ready for Back to School

Beautiful

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Counseling Posters for your Office and Home

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Microsoft Outlook 2007: Safe Senders and Junk E-Mail In Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, you can add e-mail addresses to a safe recipients list. Messages received from safe recipients, and messages you send to them, will then never be treated as junk e-mail. Here’s how:

1. In an Outlook 2007 mail folder, right-click a message sent to you by the person you want to

identify as a safe recipient.

2. Point to Junk E-mail, and then click Add Recipient to Safe Recipients List.

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Developing Your Own Website by Lisa Saviñón M.Ed SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter reader

My first discovery as a Professional School Counselor was the amount of research necessary to stay informed and truly meet student needs. During both Practicum and Internship, I had the chance to work with some pretty unique cases, and this meant several long nights of research. I became very familiar with the wonderful resources available to school counselors on the Internet. Armed with these new found resources and some amazing professors, I created a wealth of counseling files, and I gladly shared my files with other students and colleagues. I don't know how or even when, but eventually I became the go to person for several other counselors. Even as I write this now, I am assisting a good friend and great counselor design a crisis plan and safe room model. Soon, I decided to create a distribution list for counselors. Longtime members of the list will attest that I sent new and valuable resources found during the course of my latest research expedition, and I sent them often.

My web site came to mind when my distribution e-mails became longer and larger than several of my friends' accounts could accept. Obviously, I love my job and couldn't ever deny being a workaholic. Then it hit me, "Why not just build a site for all counselors, future counselors, families, teachers, and students to use?" My site allows me to post new finds for every group, and send an e-mail out informing them of the new arrivals. After trying several formats, I found teach-nology.com (http://www.teach-nology.com/). They offer easy to use free web sites; free was the key word for me. It has taken me many hours to create a site I am proud of. Recently, I decided to upgrade my site, adding more storage and capabilities. I think the $6.95 monthly fee is well worth it. If you are interested in creating your own site, teach-nology is user friendly and free. They have background themes, page templates, and plenty of room for storage. It is the best deal for educators, and I can assure you I did a great deal of research before making that statement.

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The goal of my site is to share resources, so I welcome you to visit and send resources you would like me to post. The more the merrier! You can even join my distribution list from there and watch as we grow, with the latest additions of family and student sections.

Lisa's Counseling Site http://lisasavinon.teach-nology.com/

Editor’s Note:

Congratulations on a fine looking and effectively functional website Lisa. I would like to add to Lisa’s great tip about developing an inexpensive yet quality website by letting you know about a couple of other options as well:

1. Use Google applications to register your domain and have your own website. This costs $10 per year. You can get started by going to http://www.schoolcounselor.com/google/index.htm and click on Google Apps.

2. Some counselors are using a free blog such as http://www.blogger.com, http://www.wordpress.com, or http://www.typepad.com.

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Video: Simple, Secure Group Websites Google Sites makes it easy for anyone to create and manage simple, secure group websites. You can create and publish new pages with the click of a button, edit web pages like documents, and move content and pages around as you please. Information is stored securely online, and you decide who can edit or view the site. Google Sites is powerful enough for a company intranet, yet simple enough for a family website. Watch the Video here.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007: Use Follow-ups on Sent E-Mail Messages You're probably used to setting follow-up flags on e-mail messages in your Inbox. Until now, though, there wasn't much point setting follow-up flags on sent e-mail messages, because you rarely view your Sent Items folder. Yet it's often useful to set a follow-up flag on a sent e-mail message; for example, a sales e-mail message might warrant following up after a couple of days. It's now worth setting follow-up flags on sent e-mail messages, because they will appear on the To-Do Bar.

To do this:

1. Click the Follow Up flag on the Message tab of the Ribbon when writing your message.

2. Click the follow-up flag you want to use, or set a reminder for the e-mail's recipients.

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You can customize the follow-up flag. When you set your flag, some basic options like Today and Tomorrow are instantly available, but if you click Custom, plenty more follow-up options appear. These include start and end times for the follow-up and required activities. All this information will appear on your To-Do Bar.

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Automatically start an Office program when you turn on your computer

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Microsoft Excel: How to Concatenate Text in a Spreadsheet If you have text in two or more columns that you wish to join (concatenate) in another column, this can be easily done by creating a formula that utilizes the ampersand (&).

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Microsoft Word: How to change the default font setting in Word 2003

When you open a new blank document in Word 2003, Times New Roman is the font setting that displays as you start to type. You can easily change that setting for all future new blank documents to a font setting of your choice.

1. In the blank document, RIGHT click your mouse. The Font dialogue box will display.

2. In the Font dialogue box, make any changes you want, and that can include the font, its

style and size, as well as color and effects, and that’s just on the Font tab.

3. Lower left Default button After you have made the changes you want, click on the Default

button in the lower left corner of the Font dialogue box.

4. Click Yes to finish By clicking the Yes button on the pop-up, you will finish the action to make

your newly chosen settings the default for each future blank document.

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Microsoft Word: How to add a Symbol into a Microsoft Word document

1. Open the document in Microsoft Word.

2. Click on Insert and from the drop down box, click on Symbol.

3. A Popup window with all kinds of symbols will appear.

4. To select the symbol, just click on it.

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Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks When it comes to the Google search box, you already know the tricks: finding exact phrases matches using quotes like "so say we all" or searching a single site using site:lifehacker.com gmail. But there are many more oblique, clever, and lesser-known search recipes and operators that work from that unassuming little input box. Dozens of Google search guides detail the tips you already know, but today we're skipping the obvious and highlighting our favorite obscure Google web search tricks.

If you like this, you should check out http://www.schoolcounselor.com/bootcamp/

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

Young People Who Rock is a weekly interview series focused on people under 30 -- from CEOs to entertainers to athletes to community and political leaders -- who are doing remarkable things. Nicole Lapin finds them and introduces them here by writing a weekly column that goes out in time for you to chime in before she interviews them Fridays on CNN.com Live. http://ypwr.blogs.cnn.com/

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CyberBully Alert software is a tool for parents to equip their children with the ability to immediately communicate and document any threats or cyberbullying their children experience when online. This unique software is the result of expert opinions and research in the field of child development and internet safety. Experts agree that the best way to address cyberbullying and online threats is to immediately communicate the incident with an adult, as well as document what the threat is. CyberBully Alert is the only software which does this for parents and their children. http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/

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GuardingKids.com 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 blog, links, and more. Russ's most recent book and workshops are primary resources for meeting this mission. http://www.guardingkids.com/

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Foxit Reader for Windows (free download) High on our list of the most annoying applications of all time is Adobe Acrobat Reader. It's slow, bloated and buggy and it often crashes some systems -- all of which can drive you insane. Foxit lets you read and even fill out PDF files, without touching Reader. This small and compact tool loads fast, won't hog RAM or system resources and won't crash your PC. http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

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iSpring: Professional PPT to Flash Conversion Now your presentation can turn from PowerPoint to Flash in one click and get all advantages of Flash format, such as compactness, easy distribution, high compatibility with all browsers and OSs. iSpring creates high quality Flash movies with vector representation of standard PowerPoint objects and keeps most of advanced PowerPoint features. http://www.ispringsolutions.com/products/ispring_free.html

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Poll Authority Need a poll for your website or blog and don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a custom solution? There's no expensive database to maintain, no developer to hire, and no complicated installation or set-up. http://www.pollauthority.com/

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Ustream Experience live video. In just minutes, you can broadcast and chat online with a global audience. Completely free, all it takes is a camera and Internet connection. http://www.ustream.tv/

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Timetoast is an attractive new timeline app built on Abode's Flash and Flex. Do you like your timelines interactive and embeddable? Sure beats the last timeline we made (crayons and construction paper may have been involved)! This could be a good tool for bloggers who want to enhance a post with a detailed history of the topic, or for anyone in school who doesn't want to approach the aforementioned crayon method. What about using this with a student to describe his/her achievements as part of guidance and counseling. http://www.timetoast.com/

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The School Counselor’s Website:

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

JUST FOR FUN

Microsoft Office Templates for Summer

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Befunky is an online app that can turns your photographs into interesting cartoons without requiring any software. It’s a one-click process and yet the output is impressive. Just upload the image from your computer or capture one live using the webcam and the cartoon image is ready for download. You can either convert the picture into a black and white pencil sketch or a colored one. http://www.befunky.com/

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Puzzle Farter

Developed by Pet Tomato the object of the game is simple. Get your character from door to

door. It's just the way that he gets there is rather um http://puzzlefarter.com/

yeah we said fart

how should we put this

gas-tastic.

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Dumpr is where you create marvellous photos to share with your friends. If you're no Photoshop guru, but you have fun applying different novelty filters to your pictures, you might like Dumpr. It's web-based, very simple to use, and has a pretty decent library of effects:

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sketch, Lomo, reflection and jigsaw puzzle, to name a few. You can upload photos from your own hard drive, or paste in URLs from some of the major photo hosting services, including Flickr and MySpace. http://www.dumpr.net/

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Hulu Watch video content, including complete television shows and excerpts of recent programs. View complete list of show alphabetically, by network, or by genre. A limited number of full-length movies are also available for viewing. Some content requires free registration for an account. Copyright is protected, and users of the site must be at least 13 years old. Founded by NBC Universal and News Corp, and operated independently. http://www.hulu.com

Watch these Tutorials to Better Navigate the Web

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

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.

Visit www.guardingkids.com to learn more and to order.

FEATURED COLUMN:

Updated July 2008!

Technology Safety and Security Among Children: What Caretakers Need to Know I am presenting to parents/families much more frequently these days about the dangers of technology among children (and what they can do about it). I would like to share my handout with you which is now available online. Please share or use it as you see appropriate. http://www.schoolcounselor.com/macomb/#handout

Keeping Kids Out of High-Tech Trouble Use this column in your next newsletter home to parents. http://www.guardingkids.com/column.htm

Tech Safety Guidance Lesson This 50 minute guidance lesson focuses on two prominent issues in helping kids to stay out of high-tech trouble. The lesson includes videos, links, and other resources. http://www.guardingkids.com/resources.htm

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TIPS AND TRICKS

SyncToy 2.0 for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers. SyncToy, a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows, is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without additional complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another case. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.

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Microsoft Word: Switching Cases Microsoft Office Word offers several case options: lowercase (hello), title case (Hello), and uppercase (HELLO). You can switch between them very easily. Select a piece of text, and then press SHIFT+F3.

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Microsoft Excel: Add Rows and Columns To add a row or column: Select any row or column, and then press the CTRL key at the same time as the PLUS SIGN (+) key on the numeric keypad. To delete a row or column: Select the row or column, and then press the CTRL key at the same time as the MINUS SIGN (–) key on the numeric keypad.

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Microsoft Outlook: Set the Order of Your Tasks and To-Dos You can prioritize your Microsoft Office Outlook tasks and to-dos. To create a task or to-do from an Outlook item, either flag it or simply drag it to the task list or To-Do Bar. Then set the order in which you want items to appear by dragging them up and down the list.

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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft According to the government, 8.3 million Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2005. Estimated losses surpassed $15 billion. Fortunately, you can protect yourself from identity theft. You’ve probably seen ads touting identity theft protection services. For a monthly fee, your credit report is locked. You receive copies of your credit reports annually. The services also promise to insure you against identity theft. Read more

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Online Tools and Software For Creating Podcast Feeds and Posts You don't have to learn what RSS is or any code to create your own podcast. There are websites and software designed to help you assemble your podcast, host your files, and help distribute it. It's the easiest way to get your podcast out to the world. If you can click a mouse, you can create a podcast.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007: Track e-mail messages that require follow up By flagging e-mail messages, you can track responses to messages that you send. You can also make sure that you follow up on messages that you receive. In either case, you can include a reminder alert.

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

Glary Utilities offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, Glary Utilities includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more. Free. http://www.glaryutilities.com

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Dimdim Web Meeting Dimdim is the world's free open source web meeting. Dimdim is a free web conferencing service where you can share your desktop, show slides, collaborate, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam - with absolutely no download required for attendees. Dimdim Web Meeting is also available in more powerful versions which can support thousands of attendees. http://www.dimdim.com/

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ParentCare Beta Software ParentCare Beta is a free, simple software tool designed to help parents safeguard their teens. With ParentCare Beta, parents can determine if their teen has a MySpace profile and validate the age, user name, and location listed by the teen. The ParentCare Beta software is designed to bolster MySpace’s special safety protections for community members under 18 and give parents useful information to start a conversation about online safety. http://www.myspace.com/parentcare

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New from Google

Knol This month we launched a new service called Knol that makes it much easier to author and share information on the web. You can write authoritative articles (a.k.a. knols) on a subject you know about, and then share your knowledge with everyone. Each knol identifies an author or group of authors, and readers can clearly see who wrote it and their credentials. You can also comment, rate, or review a knol. Using a new feature called "moderated collaboration," readers can even edit a knol directly. Then the author can decide whether to take the suggestions into account. http://knol.google.com

Chat in 3D using Lively Lively by Google lets you design your own virtual rooms and chat and interact with your friends in 3D. You can also create and personalize your own chat avatar. Lively is a great new way for you to meet and connect with people who share your interests: when browsing your favorite blogs or websites, you can now join Lively rooms embedded into the sites. http://www.lively.com

Google Docs Introduces Template Gallery A lot of desktop word processing and text editing apps feature templates you can use to jazz up your documents -- or make them look terrible, depending on your opinion. Now Google Docs

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gives you the same option, with a new template gallery. There are over 300 templates, featuring everything from resumés to cards to calendars. http://docs.google.com/templates

Conflict Resolution Resources from Eduhound

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Idealist.org! Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. http://www.idealist.org/

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Spybot Search & Destroy This anti-spyware program is free, provides proactive protection, and is largely effective. http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html

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Cool Text is a free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work. Simply choose what kind of image you would like. Then fill out a form and you'll have your own custom image created on the fly. http://cooltext.com/

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ProProfs provides FREE Tools & Resources for Knowledge Exchange! In particular, I liked Quiz School which allows you to create & share quizzes for your classroom, company, blog or friends! http://www.proprofs.com/

JUST FOR FUN

CRON-O-Meter is free, open source, and cross-platform dieting software. CR (Calorie Reduced) diets require a lot of information to perform optimally. In order to restrict caloric

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intake, but remain healthy, users of the diet must track their vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care. http://spaz.ca/cronometer/

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America's Most Walkable Neighborhoods With gas at $4 a gallon, there's never been a better time to live in a walkable neighborhood. What is your community’s walk score? http://www.walkscore.com/rankings/

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Open Library The goal is to create a page for every book ever written. You will already find pages for more than 13 million titles! http://openlibrary.org/

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Cozi.com The new way busy families manage all the things they do. Free. http://www.cozi.com

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Office 2007 Document Language Translation Windows Live Translator is now integrated into Office! One of the top features that our users ask for is simple integration of translation into Office, to translate a document quickly. The feature is really easy to use, and you can translate a block of text or an entire document, from within Office.

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Creating Hyperlinks in PowerPoint Source: http://www.eduhound.com/cttarchives/090408ctt.cfm Select an object. It can be an AutoShape (shape), placeholder, or the text itself. If you select text, the text will have an underline and become the hyperlink color in the color scheme (theme colors). Then choose Insert > Hyperlink (in 2007, Insert tab > Links group > Hyperlink).

In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, choose the type of link on the left:

* Existing File or Web Page

* Place in This Document

* Create New Document

* E-mail Address

Then locate the slide or file, enter the Web URL, or enter an e-mail address. Click OK.

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Google: Word Variations (stemming) Google now uses stemming technology. Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. If you search for pet lemur dietary needs, Google will also search for pet lemur diet needs, and other related variations of your terms. Any variants of your terms that were searched for will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.

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Jott Jott! allows you to take notes on your cell phone. If you need to take a note, you don't have the time to write it down you can use your cell phone. Dial Jott!'s number, say "Jott Note" and

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carefully say what you want to notate. Within a few minutes Jott! transcribes it to the Web on

a private dashboard. http://jott.com/

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The No-Excuses Guide to Automated Online Backup Keep your data safe and secure with these easy online backup services

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Recognize Phishing Scams and Fraudulent E-mail Phishing is a type of deception designed to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, Windows Live IDs, other account data and passwords, or other information. http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

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Begin a presentation from first slide – F5

Next animation or next slide – N, Enter, Page Down, or Spacebar

Previous animation or previous slide – P, Page Up or Backspace

(Note: You can also use the arrow keys to move around the slides)

End the presentation – Escape

Move to the first slide – Home

Move to the last slide – End

Show a white blank slide – W

Show a black blank slide – B

Erase all on-screen annotations – E

If your slides are not arranged properly and you want to move between slides during the

presentation at your convenience without going through all the slides in between – Type the

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slide number and press Enter.

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Microsoft Word: Clear formatting To remove formatting from selected text, press Ctrl+Spacebar. This restores selected text to the Normal style. Also works in Outlook too.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007: Turn Off E-Mail Notifications Because an e-mail notification icon appears whenever you receive new e-mail, it's tempting to stop work and open new messages immediately. But you can turn off the notification and then check your e-mail when it's convenient for you. Here’s how:

1. In Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, click Tools, click Options, click E-mail Options, and then

click Advanced E-mail Options.

2. In the middle of the dialog box, clear the Display a New Mail Desktop Alert check box.

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Microsoft Outlook: Quickly Switching to Inbox or Outbox To jump to your Inbox, press CTRL+SHIFT+I. To jump to your Outbox, press CTRL+SHIFT+O.

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

How to Create a PowerPoint (2003) Presentation This set of videos guides you through the process of creating a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. The video's are best viewed in order.

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Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. http://www.google.com/chrome

Also see Explore Google Chrome Features: Keyboard shortcuts

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And

Google Picasa 3 (Photo Manager) is out with amazing new features

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Middle-Schoolers Design Web Site with Career Resources Three hundred middle school students from all over the country worked closely with developers to design a Web site called Funworks that links the interests and hobbies of young people, ages 11 to 15, to future careers. The site, created by the Gender, Diversity, and Technology Institute at Education Development Center, features information about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as games, quizzes, and more. In addition, Funworks provides educational resources for guidance counselors, teachers, media specialists, and parents. http://www.thefunworks.org/

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The Priority Patrol Tired of nagging her daughters to get away from the computer and turn off the TV in order to get things done, San Diego mother of two, Ellen Elleman, invented, copyrighted and hired the “Priority Patrol” to do the job for her; and now you CAN too! Originally inspired by the hours and hours spent in front of screens in her household, Ellen quickly realized that the “Priority Patrol” applies to all time-wasting activities. She found that the “Priority Patrol” serves as a gentle third party reminder, so that the interpersonal communication that takes place in her home is not in the form of nagging. It is also designed to remove the phrase “Oh, I forgot” from the vocabularies of her family and friends!! http://www.prioritypatrol.com/

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Time Management from PBS. If you learn to tame the time monster, you might be surprised at how much you can get done. The real reward, however, is that you'll probably feel less stressed and more happy. http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/school/time/

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Activity Center Fuel your creative side with hundreds of FREE print projects offered by HP.

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McGruff Safeguard Now Available! This free service is designed to help parents manage their kids' increasingly dangerous online activity. Through our partnership with ParentsOnPatrol, the McGruff Safeguard is now available here! http://www.gomcgruff.com

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JUST FOR FUN

Comic Strips Quickly fetch one of many comic strips and easily subscribe to it. http://isnoop.net/comics/

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Name That Game Match the game with the sound effect.

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GoogleFight Put in the two terms and click Make a fight. You'll see two animated stick figures duke it out. Then the winner is shown, along with the number of times each term was entered. http://www.googlefight.com/

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Worth1000

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. You will agree after seeing this site. This site provides contests for Photoshop users. See how creative people can get with a program like Photoshop.

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

by 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.

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October 29, 2008

TIPS AND TRICKS

How to Record a Podcast with Audacity A podcast is a great way to share information with the world. It can be about anything, and can appeal to any variety of audiences. A podcast can be made with the recording program Audacity and a hosting website. Does it sound hard? Once you learn how you will be on your way to having your very own podcast. http://www.wikihow.com/Record-a-Podcast-with-Audacity

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Cheat with Technology, Get Caught by Technology Teachers are using new technologies such as text-matching software, webcams, biometric equipment, and testing centers with cheat-proof computers to combat widespread student cheating, says U.S. News & World Report. Where teachers and professors once struggled to keep up with the stratagems of technologically savvy students, they now have recourse to some of the very same tools used by would-be cheaters and plagiarists. "The electronic revolution cuts both ways," says economics professor Rick Lotspeich of Indiana State University, who now has a much easier time when he suspects a student has lifted a passage. "It makes plagiarism a lot easier, and checking a lot easier," he explains. Teachers are also fighting cheating by asking students to turn in outlines and drafts so that they can track student progress, or by creating more real-world assignments that point out the stupidity of cheating.

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Kids Aren't Telling Parents About Cyberbullying According to the latest UCLA study, 3 out of 4 teens were bullied online last year, yet only 1 in 10 reported it to their parents or another adult. The most common reason for not telling an adult, according to the teenagers, was that they felt they "need[ed] to learn to deal with it." In addition, 31% didn't tell their parents because they didn't want their Internet access restricted. UCLA Newsroom, 10/2/08

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Rearrange Paragraphs in Word 2007 Swapping paragraphs in Microsoft Office Word can be complicated. As well as having to cut and paste, you often have to reformat line breaks afterward to make the paragraph line up

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properly. Instead, you can use the SHIFT+ALT keyboard shortcut. Click the paragraph that you want to move, hold down SHIFT+ALT, and move the paragraph up or down by using the arrow keys. Each press of an arrow key causes your selected paragraph to jump over one adjacent paragraph.

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How to Import HTML Tables to Excel Sheet Microsoft Office Excel has a good feature of importing tables from HTML pages, so in case you found some interesting data in the form of a table in any webpage, you can easily import the data into Excel sheet. For this feature, you do not even need to save the web page to your PC.

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Phishing Scams in Plain English A short guide to recognizing and avoiding phishing scams.

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Google Forms! Create a form (aka online survey) in a Google Docs spreadsheet and send it out to anyone with an email address. They won't need to sign in, and they can respond directly from the email message or from an automatically generated web page. Creating the form is easy: start with a spreadsheet to get the form, or start by creating the form and you'll get the spreadsheet automatically. Responses are automatically added to your spreadsheet.

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

CESCAL: Center For Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership The Center’s mission is to promote excellence in the field of school counseling and to assist school counselors, their site and central office administrators as they design, implement and

evaluate their school counseling programs

Here is the direct link to the Pre-Post test bank.

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Google Project 10100 Project 10100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") is a call for ideas to change the world, in the hope of helping as many people as possible.

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e-Safety documents Documents made available through the London Grid for Learning at the London e-Safety Conference on January 5, 2007.

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ASCAway Podcast from the American School Counselor Association about school counseling issues, trends and interviews. http://ascaway.podbean.com/

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The Secunia PSI is the vulnerability scanner for your personal computer. It is the FREE security tool designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities. Software vulnerabilities affect all applications installed on your computer, from the Operating System down to your email client, office application, instant messaging, and so on. http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/

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Livemocha is the world's largest online community for language learners, with free lessons and a global community to help you learn a new language. With Livemocha, you can develop confidence in your language skills that will help you carry on conversations in a foreign language. From your personal home page, you have access to all of your current course information, friends, tasks, a list of recent friend activity, and more! http://www.livemocha.com/

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Kayak Search 140+ travel sites at once and find the cheapest fares. http://www.kayak.com/

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RepairPal gives you independent and unbiased repair estimates, user ratings and reviews, plus advice you can't get anywhere else. http://repairpal.com/

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TeleKast Source: Komando.com As we've learned from our president, teleprompters help spoken presentation. Turn your computer into a teleprompter with TeleKast. This free program allows you to create and segment scripts. Print them out or display them in real-time. There are some limitations. For example, it can't display mirror images, yet. This means it won't replace professional teleprompter software. However, it will be perfect for home and budget use. http://sourceforge.net/projects/telekast/

JUST FOR FUN

Do you Drink and E-mail? If you have ever drunk and e-mailed, then Google has come up with a solution: Mail Goggles. It simply requires you to solve a few basic problems before allowing you to send e-mails late at night in the weekend.

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Flickr Panda Vomits Rainbow of Interesting Photos [Flickr] Source: Lifehacker by Gina Trapani We're not exactly clear on why there's a panda on Flickr puking a rainbow of photos, but there it is, an unusual way to see the best images on the photo-sharing site. http://www.flickr.com/explore/panda

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Make me a superhero! http://www.makemesuper.com/

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Shakespearean Insulter Hurl Insults like a Shakespearean http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/

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Brain Games Sharpen your memory and your mind with these games scientifically developed to give your brain a workout See All Articles On Brain Games

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Happy Creator Project The Happy Creator lets you create your own happy lists and share them with friends and family http://www.thingstobehappyabout.com/create/

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December 21, 2008

Highlights from SchoolCounselor.com

Top 5 Training Topics for School Counselors

Must See Videos New videos added since the last issue. http://www.schoolcounselor.com/videos/

Beautiful

Posters

Inspiring

Motivational

Touching

Counseling Posters for your Office and Home http://www.schoolcounselor.com/posters

TIPS AND TRICKS

If you are using Microsoft Outook as your calendar. I have figured out a way to use this

program in conjunction with Microsoft Excel and EZANALYZE (www.ezanalyze.com) to conduct

a time and task analysis. The analysis will allow you to also create pie charts that shows the

amount of time spent in different categories of activities. This link is to a handout that I posted that shows you how this works step by step.

You may also want to check out Dr. Tim Poynton’s Ezanalyze Time Tracker at http://www.ezanalyze.com/ and, relatedly, a column I did a while back ago at http://www.schoolcounselor.com/pubs/calendaring.htm.

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Jump To A File

If you’ve opened a folder packed full of files, save time by typing the first few letters of the

filename you’re after – you’ll jump straight to the file.

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Google Translate adds 11 new languages Google recently added 11 more languages to Google Translate, making it easier than ever to read web pages in other languages. The newest language additions include Catalan, Serbian, Slovenian, Slovak, Latvian, Filipino, Indonesian, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Vietnamese. http://translate.google.com

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Gmail launches themes, voice and video chat This month Google introduced Gmail themes in 50 languages. Similar to iGoogle, these 31 different themes range from options that simply change colors to ones that change based on the time of day or the weather. To customize your inbox, go to the "Themes" tab under "Settings." We also rolled out Gmail voice and video chat for Macs and PCs, supporting 53 languages. http://www.gmail.com

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Stay ahead of the flu with Google Flu Trends You can better prepare for flu season with a new tool that provides up- to-date estimates of flu activity in the U.S. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to track flu activity up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems. The site also includes flu news articles, a flu shot locator, and lots of information about how we calculate the estimates from aggregated search queries. http://www.google.org/flutrends

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Microsoft Word 2007: Change Default Document Formatting When you created your first new document in Microsoft Office Word 2007, you may have noticed that default text formatting (the formatting of the Normal paragraph style) had changed from the previous version. For example, the new default font is Calibri, line spacing is a bit expanded, and space is automatically added after each paragraph.

To change font and paragraph formatting defaults for the active document or all new documents based on the active template, do the following:

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1. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+S to open the Styles pane (or click the dialog box launch icon in

the Styles section on the Home tab).

2. Click the Manage Styles icon at the bottom of the pane to open the Manage Styles dialog

box.

3. On the Set Defaults tab of the dialog box, change font and paragraph formatting as needed.

Then, at the bottom of the dialog box, click the option to apply settings either only to this document or to new documents based on the active template.

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Microsoft Excel 2007: To Fit a Printout onto a Set Number of Worksheet Pages

1. Click the Page Layout tab on the Ribbon.

2. In the Scale to Fit section, in the Width box, type the number of pages you want the printout

to span horizontally.

3. In the Height box in the same section, type the number of pages you want the printout to

span vertically.

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Microsoft Excel Demo: Use Simple Formulas to do the Math You can use simple formulas in Excel 2007 to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. For example, you can use a prewritten formula called the SUM function to find totals — such as your total monthly expenses. Excel updates the results if the numbers change later. Watch the demo to see how Excel can do the math for you.

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Microsoft Office Outlook 2007: Use Follow-ups on Sent E-Mail Messages You're probably used to setting follow-up flags on e-mail messages in your Inbox. Until now, though, there wasn't much point setting follow-up flags on sent e-mail messages, because you rarely view your Sent Items folder. Yet it's often useful to set a follow-up flag on a sent e-mail message; for example, a sales e-mail message might warrant following up after a couple of days. It's now worth setting follow-up flags on sent e-mail messages, because they will appear on the To-Do Bar.

To do this:

1. Click the Follow Up flag on the Message tab of the Ribbon when writing your message.

2. Click the follow-up flag you want to use, or set a reminder for the recipients of the e-mail

message.

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You can customize the follow-up flag. When you set your flag, some basic options like Today and Tomorrow are instantly available, but if you click Custom, plenty more follow-up options appear. These include start and end times for the follow-up and required activities. All this information will appear on your To-Do Bar.

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Excel Basics #2: Keyboard Shortcuts (video) The Excel Basics Series shows a systematic description of what Excel can do from beginning to end.

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

Illuminate Cyberbullying (video; 30 seconds) In partnership with Sony Creative Software and the Ad Council, NCPC selected the winning PSAs that are designed to raise awareness about preventing cyberbullying.

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PDFUNdo.net is a free online PDF to Word converter. It's real simple to use and doesn't require your email address or registration. You just upload your PDF document and when the conversion is complete, download your Word document. http://pdfundo.net/convert/

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Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams Compilation of links to material about "Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch [who] delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that moved an overflow crowd at the university -- and went on to move audiences around the globe." Includes biographical details about Pausch, who died in July 2008 due to complications from pancreatic cancer, information about his achievements and projects in the computer science field, and a link to the 2007 lecture. From Carnegie Mellon University. http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture/

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Chalboard Message Generator Display your message in realistic chalkboard handwriting and send it off to your class and friends. http://www.addletters.com/school-teacher-chalkboard-message-generator.htm

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Picsearch Picsearch is the world's most family-friendly search service. Picsearch connects its users to the vast visual resources of the internet. Picsearch uses its own technology to crawl the web and has created a searchable index of images. When a user sends a query to Picsearch the result is received as a set of thumbnail images that are sorted to ensure that they are as highly relevant as possible. When the user clicks on a thumbnail they are linked to the original web site where that image is located. http://www.picsearch.com

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Microsoft Office: Focus on fitness: Tools for getting in shape There has never been a better time than right now to get in shape. Lucky for you, Microsoft Office Online has the tools to empower you on the road to a fit body, including templates that track your nutrition, weight loss, and fitness routine. Here's how to get started.

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Use the Word 2003 Redaction Add-in to hide text within Microsoft Office Word 2003 documents. You can mark text to redact and then create a new, redacted version of the document in which the marked text is replaced with a black bar that cannot be converted back to text.

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Timer (PowerPoint) There are a few of these on the Web here and there although I like this one because it allows you to choose various countdown durations. After downloading, view the show, click on your chosen duration, and you’re good to go http://ttc.coe.uga.edu/middleschool/timer.ppt

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Solution Focused Brief Counseling Recommended Reading List

"SFBC has been applied very successfully in a variety of situations, including addictions counseling, marriage counseling, pastoral counseling, mediation, and with groups of school children. More recently, this model has been successfully applied to solution focused brief consultation with parents and teachers, classroom management, and supervision. These are the books that I recommend to both professionals and others interested in this innovative and powerful approach to changing one's life." Click here to visit now.

JUST FOR FUN

Google: Sports OneBox on results pages Sports fans now have an easier time finding game times and scores for their favorite NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS teams by simply searching for the name of the team. For example, typing [miami dolphins] or [pistons] into the search box will return information on those teams, respectively, at the top of the search results page. We'll soon be expanding this to other leagues and sports teams around the world, so stay tuned. http://www.google.com

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How to Live in the Moment Living in the moment is all about living like there's no tomorrow. It takes practice but in the end, you'll lead a fuller life. To do this you must realize beauty in every moment, and in everyday activities. This is your life, now live! http://www.wikihow.com/Live-in-the-Moment

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How to Make a Kusudama Flower A pretty kusudama flower can be made by folding five or six square pieces of paper. If you make twelve flowers, they can be assembled into a beautiful kusudama ball. Even if you use colorful sticky notes, the result is very impressive and can be used for decorative purposes or even worn as a temporary brooch. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kusudama-Flower

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PhotoFunia Put some Photoshop wizardy at your fingertips with photo manipulation site PhotoFunia. Take a clean headshot of yourself or the soon-to-be-victim of your prank and upload it to PhotoFunia. There are currently sixty nine photos that faces can be pasted into ranging from the Andy Warhol-esque art gallery scene featured in the image above to magazine covers, currency, famous photos, and more. The process is fast and requires no interaction from the user other than selecting the template to be used and uploading the picture. http://www.photofunia.com/

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Search millions of historic photos Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. http://images.google.com/hosted/life

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January 18, 2009

TIPS AND TRICKS

QUESTION: School Counselor Nancy J. writes, “I need to know how to combine 2 or more (usually more) Excel databases. our scheduling program will not let me download all information needed in one file. I spend hours on this. Is Access the best way? Do you have hints for Access?”

ANSWER: Since you are already using Microsoft Excel, let’s stick with that instead of migrating over to Access (also because, honestly, Access, in my opinion, is much less user friendly than Excel, which is not that user friendly to begin with). The trick to getting everything into one sheet is that the data fields, in this case columns, match exactly. For instance, the first column may include student ID, second column include number of absences, and so on. If this is the case, than you can just copy and paste one sheet or even multiple sheets into one master data file.

I’m guessing, however, that you are probably wondering how to “match up” data for students from one data set to another. Most commonly, counselors may want to match up each student’s post scores with their pre-scores on any given performance indicator. For example, let’s say you have the number of absences for a group of students with whom you are working. After a few weeks of intervention, you download the same group’s number of absences and then want to put them side by side in two columns, of course making certain that the post- absences match the pre-absences for each student. (Note too, that in this example, one should look at absences for equivalent periods in order to best make comparisons such as Quarter 1 versus Quarter 2).

This can be accomplished several ways including a combination of manually inserted formulas or using Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables. The easiest way that I know how to do this is to use Dr. Tim Poynton’s EZANALYZE Amalgamate feature. According to Dr. Poynton’s website (http://www.ezanalyze.com/help/amalgamate.htm), “The Amalgamate Data function in EZAnalyze allows you to combine two worksheets in the same Excel file into one, based on a 'Unique Identifier' that exists in both sheets. For example, if you want to merge data that exist in two different databases (such as NCES and your state Department of Education), you can merge them together easily using this function. This function adds new variables (columns) to your sheet for all cases (rows) that have the same Unique Identifier. You can choose whether or not you want to keep rows of data that do not match.

Go to the website to learn the steps in doing this and to download the Excel addin (click on Download on the left side). One tip to know is that this feature only works for combining multiple sheets that exist in the same file, not different files. So if you do have more than one

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excel file, you’ll have to first copy and past the data you want to combine in different sheets using one file.

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No Shoes? No Problem for this College Interview By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For her college interview, Avery Cullinan put on her best outfit but didn't bother with shoes. She sat in her living room, smiled into her computer's webcam and told an admissions officer more than 800 miles away that Wake Forest University was right for her. Read More here.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007: Flag E-Mail as a Task Flagging mail messages as tasks automatically adds them to your To-Do Bar so that you can easily track and complete them.

1. Right-click the flag icon next to an e-mail message.

2. Designate a date by which you want to follow up on this message.

3. View the message on your To-Do Bar.

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Tech-Parenting from our POV by Anne Collier "Is it smart or sneaky for parents to have accounts on Facebook or MySpace to monitor their children's behavior?" "I won't let my teenager on Facebook or MySpace. Is that a mistake? Should I?" "Of the social networks, which do you consider to be the most safe, and which do you consider to be least safe?" Those are just a few of dozens of questions from parents around the US my ConnectSafely.org co-director Larry Magid and I (Anne Collier) enjoyed answering in a one-hour, live online discussion at the Washington Post last week. It's now archived at the Post's Web site

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Cyberbullying Package (free) CyberSmart! is extraordinarily pleased to announce the release of our CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Package, a positive and empowering suite of K-12 lessons. The lessons adopt an integrated approach, based on current research findings and best practices from the fields of cyber security, school violence prevention, and character education to impact behavioral change. The resulting package of materials focus on developing critical thinking and decision-making skills, guiding students to define the problems and issues themselves and

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"own" them. "CyberSmart!'s free cyberbullying lessons allow face-to-face character education to be extended into cyberspace. These lessons are a great resource to continually remind the school community about safe, ethical online use within the context of living a life of character," said Merle J. Schwartz, Ed.D., Director of Education and Research, The Character Education Partnership. http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/

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Internet Safety Technical Task Force Releases Final Report on Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today released the final report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, a group of 29 leading Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and technology companies that joined together for a year-long investigation of tools and technologies to create a safer environment on the Internet for youth. The Task Force was created in February 2008 in accordance with the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced in January 2008 by the Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace. The report was delivered to the 52 Attorneys General in December, 2008.

To read the final report, including the executive summary, as well as reaction statements from members of the Task Force, visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/pubrelease/isttf

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Internet Evolution: Future of the Internet III Press release for a December 2008 "survey of experts by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that asked respondents to assess

predictions about technology and its roles in the year 2020." Includes summary and full text of the report, which found that experts predict the "mobile device will be the primary connection

tool to the internet

other related reports.

in 2020." Also includes links to previous "Future of the Internet" and

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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

Video Sharing Websites:

1. YouTube (owned by Google, Inc.) allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through web sites, mobile devices, blogs, and e-mail. http://www.youtube.com/ Youtube is now integrated with Google Video (http://video.google.com/).

2. TeacherTube is a video sharing website that is very similar to YouTube in layout and function, with one crucial difference: it's entirely devoted to educational videos. The site monitors inappropriate materials, so it's safe to use in the classroom.

3. WonderHowTo hand-selects and curates the best instructional videos from over 1,700 web sites. Explore the largest collection of free how-to videos anywhere. http://www.wonderhowto.com/

4. 5min is a place to find short video solutions for practical questions and a place for people to share their knowledge. http://www.5min.com/

5. Vimeo. “From the beginning, Vimeo was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work, along with intimate personal moments of their everyday life. As time went on, like-minded people came to the site and built a community of positive, encouraging individuals with a wide range of video interests. We hope that you feel inspired to show us both your creative side as well as your friendly side.” http://vimeo.com/

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Podcast Directories and Search Engines:

1. The Apple podcast directory searchable through iTunes software (http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/)

2. Podcast Pickle (http://www.podcastpickle.com/)

3. Podcast Directory (http://www.podcastdirectory.com/)

4. digitalpodcast. (http://www.digitalpodcast.com/)

5. The Education Podcast Network (http://epnweb.org/).

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Online Meetings and Collaboration:

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Skype is free software that allows one to video/audio conference with others and includes instant messaging and file transfer. http://www.skype.com

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ooVoo. Similar to Skype, ooVoo allows for video/audio conferencing, file transfer, and instant messaging. http://www.oovoo.com/

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With Vyew you can give a presentation to a hundred people online or post a document you've been working on for review by your colleagues at their convenience. Vyew is extremely flexible allowing you to bring online collaboration and conferencing into your workflow on your terms. http://vyew.com/

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Windows Meeting Space enables face-to-face collaboration among small groups of Windows Vista users—virtually anytime, anywhere. Useful for both business and personal purposes, this tool enables you to share work on computer-based projects with other people more easily and comfortably. Windows Meeting Space uses peer-to-peer technology and automatically sets up an ad hoc network if it can't find an existing network. So you can use it in a conference room, a favorite hotspot, or a place where no network exists. You can join a meeting that someone else sets up, or you can start a new meeting and invite other people to join it. Windows Meeting Space is on the Start menu, under All Programs. http://tinyurl.com/66rrsw

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DimDim. Unlike other web conference products, Dimdim does not require users to install software on their computers to attend web meetings. Users can start or join meetings with just a few clicks. Dimdim is available for free so everyone - not just big companies with big budgets - can use it. http://www.dimdim.com/

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GoToMeeting is an online meeting service that enables individuals and organizations to easily, securely and cost-effectively collaborate, present information and demonstrate products online. http://www.gotomeeting.com

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Webex. WebEx delivers a robust suite of on-demand collaborative applications. http://www.webex.com/

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8. Yugma. Yugma is an easy-to-use web conferencing service that allows users to host or attend online meetings on Windows, Mac or Linux computers. http://www.yugma.com/

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The Future of Reputation Daniel Solove, an authority on information privacy law, offers a fascinating account of how the Internet is transforming gossip, the way we shame others, and our ability to protect our own reputations. Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cyber mobs, and other current trends, he shows that, ironically, the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet may impede opportunities for self-development and freedom. Longstanding notions of privacy need review, the author contends: unless we establish a balance among privacy, free speech, and anonymity, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us less free.

Although you can purchase this book in paperback, the full text of The Future of Reputation is now available online for free. The front matter to the book is at the beginning of each chapter. If you're using this book for a book discussion group or for an academic class, you can also access discussion questions here. http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/dsolove/Future-of-Reputation/text.htm

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Dropbox is the easiest way to share and store your files online. No complicated interfaces to learn. Dropbox runs in the background on your desktop. Watch this screencast for how this free service works here.

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Big Huge Labs Helping you do cool stuff with your digital photos since 2005. :-) http://www.bighugelabs.com/flickr/

Also check out http://www.dumpr.net/

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File Dropper’s simple, elegant, and the biggest of the bunch. 5GB! Uploading a file is as easy as browsing for your file, and clicking “Upload.” Every file gets a permanent link that you’re free to share with your friends. There are no frills, no awesome features to speak of, but it’s dead simple, practically limitless in size, and probably the one I use most. http://www.filedropper.com/

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Micropoll - This web poll service doesn’t require registration and you can create a quick poll by simply typing all the possible choices in a text box separated by new lines. Micropoll provides a variety of colored themes and you can embed polls in websites either as JavaScript or a Flash movie. You get to see poll responses on a world map and the paid version also supports SMS polls. http://www.micropoll.com/

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CustomGuide.com has a Ton of Free "Cheat Sheets" These "cheat sheets" are PDF files designed to fit on the front and back of one page. They're eye-catchingly designed to cover all the basic functions of a software application. Applications covered? Generally speaking, programs from Microsoft, Mac, and Adobe (the guides cover several different release versions, especially for Microsoft Office programs). There are also cheat sheets for Firefox and QuickBooks. http://www.customguide.com/quick_references.htm

JUST FOR FUN

Uncle Jay Explains: Year-End News Review!

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Why Don't We Do It in Our Sleeves? This humorous five-minute video encourages people to cough and sneeze according to infection control guidelines. Watch and find out why it is best to cough into your sleeve. Also includes a link to "Soap in the City," a short, funny video that uses the story of Typhoid Mary to explain the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of disease. It also demonstrates the correct technique for washing hands. From three doctors. http://coughsafe.com

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TeachersFirst 100th Day Activities: 50+ Ideas for the 100th Day of School There are lots of ways to note the 100th day of school. Here are fifty of our favorites. Many of these activities will challenge both lower and upper elementary students as they build better number sense for "100." Enjoy!

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Drawing Lines in Microsoft Word You can create a line across the page of your Microsoft Office Word document or Microsoft Office Outlook e-mail message by using just a few keystrokes.

• To create a normal line, type three consecutive hyphens, and then press ENTER.

• To create a bold line, type three underscores, and then press ENTER.

• To create a double line, type three equal signs, and then press ENTER.

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Microsoft Office (e.g., PowerPoint): Quick copy of an object Source: http://www.awesomebackgrounds.com/powerpointtips.htm To copy an object on your page quickly and easily instead of using cut & paste, try this instead. Select the object you want to copy by clicking on it. Hold down the "CTRL" key on the keyboard. Click (with the left mouse button) and drag the object to the new position. Simple & quick. Now try it again but press the "Shift" key at the same time as the CTRL key, this will keep the objects aligned. Great for making diagrams etc.

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Handouts & Quick References Handouts of keyboard shortcuts, tips, tricks, function key, Microsoft Office 2007 shortcuts, help for most software users, the keyboard has been and always will be the fastest way to access popular features in your favorite programs. Think about it. When you're typing an e-mail, where are your fingers? Right there on the keyboard. Whatever you want to do, chances are, there's a keyboard shortcut that will take you there faster. And we're not just talking cut and paste. Check out these keyboard shortcuts, tips, tricks, and great software quick references all in one place. http://www.softwarepro.com/tips/handouts.htm#powerpoint

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Embedding an Excel Chart in a Word Document Word and Excel usually work pretty well together. This means that you can easily paste charts from Excel into your Word documents. Here's how to go about doing the pasting. (This tip works with Microsoft Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, Word 2003, and Word 2007.)

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Switching Cases in Microsoft Word Microsoft Office Word offers several case options: lowercase (hello), title case (Hello), and uppercase (HELLO). You can switch between them very easily. Select a piece of text, and then press SHIFT+F3.

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Add Rows and Columns to Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets To add a row or column: Select any row or column, and then press the CTRL key at the same time as the PLUS SIGN (+) key on the numeric keypad. To delete a row or column: Select the row or column, and then press the CTRL key at the same time as the MINUS SIGN (–) key on the numeric keypad.

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Microsoft Word 2007 Document inspector. Your Word 2007 documents may contain a lot more information than you realize--tracked changes, comments, hidden text, private properties, and more. Distributing a document with this kind of data present can be embarrassing. To make sure you're not revealing too much in a Word 2007 document, click the Office button at the top left, point to Prepare, and click Inspect Document in the resulting menu. Word 2003 has no precise equivalent, but you can get some benefit using the Security tab of the Options dialog. Check the boxes "Remove personal information from file properties on save" and "Warn before printing, saving, or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments."

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FreePDFCards - Easily generate printable business cards online. Just type in your contact information, upload your logo, customize text size and get PDF file that you can print out using any printer http://www.freepdfcards.com

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Merge PDF Documents for Free! This service enables you to combine multiple PDF documents into a single one, free of charge http://www.mergepdf.net/

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Up-to-date professional development for school counselors, administrators, and other educators from Dr. Russell Sabella.

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

POWERPOINT SOUNDS Adding Sounds, Music or Narration to PowerPoint 2003 Slide Shows Sounds of all sorts can be added to PowerPoint presentations. Learn how here. http://presentationsoft.about.com/od/nextstepsinpowerpoint/ss/sound.htm

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PowerPoint Templates Jumpstart your presentation with a PowerPoint template. Each of the templates has both the traditional title and content slides as well as a color scheme. For PC & Mac. http://etc.usf.edu/presentations/templates/index.html

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Collaborative Writing Site MixedInk Launches MixedInk, a free online collaborative writing site, has publicly launched. The idea is to allow groups of people to compose their ideas into a collective text, such as reviews, blog posts, and news articles.

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Shift happens! This popular video has been updated for a meeting of Sony BMG executives in June 2008.

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Google Search Tips A clip from DL.TV on search tips for Google. Patrick Norton interviews Matt Cutts of Google.

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An Email Reminder Service That Can Pester If You Like from Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal urge me reminders If you fall in the category of people who like to postpone tasks as much as possible, give Urge Me a try. Urge me is another free email based reminder service on the web but with a small twist. You pick a date when the task is due and Urge Me will send you email reminders as you get closer to the date. You’ll get urged by email every month, then 2 weeks before, 1 week before, and a few days before. You can cancel these pestering emails any time by simply clicking the unsubscribe link in the email message. http://urge-me.com/

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AutoMotivator is for making printable motivational posters or parody demotivational posters. You choose the picture, colors, and text, and we make your poster. You can even get the poster you create printed at poster size directly from Zazzle.com with a single click. http://wigflip.com/automotivator/

Also see http://diy.despair.com/motivator.php (Just for fun)

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ReadAir 0.3.1 Source: The Scout Report -- February 6, 2009 There are a number of RSS feed readers out there, and this may be one of the best. This version of ReadAir allows users to access all of their feeds simply, and they can also search all of them by keyword and look around for shared stories. While ReadAir doesn't have the trend analysis feature that some users have come to expect from Google Reader, it's still a very valuable tool. This version is compatible with computers running Mac OS X 10.3 and newer.

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FoxFilter is a personal content filter that helps block inappropriate content as well as block access to user-specified content and Web sites.

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Yahoo! Launches New Yahoo! Safely Site Featuring iKeepSafe iKeepSafe’s partner Yahoo! recently launched the new and improved Yahoo! Safely. Through their ongoing efforts to promote a safe online experience, Yahoo! updated the Yahoo! Safely website to provide the same great expert advice and information, but now with an edgier format targeted at a teen audience. The website is home to iKeepSafe’s PSAs targeting important safety topics, such as cyber-bullying and online reputations. Yahoo! continues to provide excellent resources for parents and teens. http://family.yahoo.com/

JUST FOR FUN

How can I burn a music CD from iTunes? I've bought a fair amount of music from the iTunes store and have also ripped much of my old music collection too. Now I want to make a few audio CDs of favorite songs that I can listen to in the car. How do I do that? http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_to_burn_music_cd_from_itunes.html

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How Microsoft Outlook Ruined Her Birthday Cake?

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Create your own Garfield Comic Strip To all you Garfield fans. This online app will help you design your own Garfield comic strips through simple drag and drop. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/starslp/missionz/comic.swf

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Can I view PowerPoint presentations without having Microsoft PowerPoint? Click here for the answer.

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How to Open a Jammed CD or DVD Drive on a PC or Laptop? By Joshua Thomas Sometimes if the CD or DVD drives are old they tend to get stuck for one reason or the other. But its very easy to open a stuck CD/DVD drive using a paper clip. Click here to see how.

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Chart Advisor Ever struggled to find just the right chart for your data? Chart Advisor was created as a concept test to explore new ways Excel users can create graphs quickly and effectively. Based on the data in your spreadsheet, it identifies, ranks, and displays an array of charts most relevant to you so you can make the most out of your presentation. http://www.officelabs.com/projects/chartadvisor/Pages/default.aspx

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Microsoft Outlook: Defer your email sending (for many good reasons) Source: http://lifehacker.com/5151771/top-10-outlook-boosters Maybe you've finally finished your magnum opus message, but you don't want to send it out at 2:13 a.m. and have your recipients wonder about your sanity. Perhaps you want to be out of the office when your message about the new coffee pricing hits inboxes. In those and many other situations, delaying your email sending can be a great idea. You can change the options on each individual message to delay a sending, as we've explained, but the How-To Geek (this guy really knows his Outlook, eh?) offers a compelling argument for delaying all Outlook messages by something like five minutes. That way, you've always got at least a few deep breaths' time to go back and fix Exactly What You Think About Steve and similar messages. Here’s how you do it.

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Reduce Your Rent with This Simple Letter Property values are down, times are tough, and the Wall Street Journal details how to use the current economic situation to significantly reduce your rent with this simple fill-in-the-blank letter to your landlord.

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The Six Ways To Add A Chat Room To Your Website In an effort to foster more real-time communication between users of your site, readers of your blog, or visitors to your social profile, a chat room is ideal. Fortunately, there are many free chat room services which allow you to create your own room and either provide a simple link to that room, or add that chat room to your site. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-six-best-chat-rooms-for-your-site/

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Brupt - Online Document Search Tool. Easily search for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe PDF documents indexed by Google. Simply select the document type you need, enter your keyword and click on “Search”. http://brupt.com/

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eSurveysPro.com Create free surveys online, gather responses and analyze results fast, easy, professional. http://www.esurveyspro.com/

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Common and Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13880_3-10167362-68.html

• Print preview: Ctrl-F2 (also Ctrl-Alt-I in Word)

• Add hyperlink: Ctrl-K

• Increase font size one point in Word: Ctrl-[

• Decrease font size one point in Word: Ctrl-]

• Open the Format dialog box with Font tab selected: Ctrl-Shift-F (also Ctrl-D in Word)

• Open the dictionary (Word 2003) or the reference pane (Word 2007): Alt-Shift-F7

• Select a row in Excel: Shift-Spacebar

• Select a column in Excel: Ctrl-Spacebar

• Add a line to the current cell in Excel: Alt-Enter

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Exploring Ways to Embed Tables & Spreadsheets in Web Pages

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Create Animated GIFs for free! Use the form below to upload the pictures you want to animate. Then click upload, and we'll do the rest. Once our system has processed the images and created an animated GIF out of them, you will be provided with a download link. http://www.makeagif.com/

WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

Also, Watch this video to find out how viruses and worms can infect your computer. Learn about the three main ways you can help to protect yourself from computer viruses. http://www.microsoft.com/protect/videos/virus.mspx

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Chart Tool

I would probably just use Excel although this may be easier for

a great tool because they communicate information visually. On Onlinecharttool.com you can design and share your own graphs online and for free. http://www.onlinecharttool.com/

Charts and graphs are

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Outlook on the Desktop is one of those little software utilities that are tough for headline-writing Lifehacker editors—the name explains exactly what it does!—but great for anyone who uses it. The utility embeds a transparent calendar with all your appointments onto your Windows desktop, giving you the same kind of at-a-glance awareness as those giant paper calendars made for the physical desktop you put your computer on. The app requires .NET 2.0, but installs it if you don't have it already. http://www.outlookonthedesktop.com/

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Posterous

A very simple way to start blogging!

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FederalStudentAid on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid

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SnappyFingers Want a new search engine to try out? Check out SnappyFingers, a Q&A search engine that has

a data set of over 13 million questions. It limits its data pool to just FAQs. You can try it at http://www.snappyfingers.com

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SiteLauncher is an add-on for Firefox that gives you a super-quick way to open your favorite websites using only your keyboard. One special hotkey brings up the 'Launcher', followed by a unique key to launch a site.

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FoxitPDF Preview Handler Loads PDFs in Outlook 2007 By Jason Fitzpatrick Windows only: If you're in need of a light-weight PDF previewer for messages in Outlook 2007, you can now plug FoxitPDF, the speedy and free PDF viewer, directly into it. Tim Heuer, software developer behind the Method of Failed blog, found that loading up Adobe Acrobat to do a quick preview of a PDF in his email was entirely overkill. To speed up his email workflow, he put together a plugin for Outlook 2007 that loads PDF files with FoxitPDF.

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Software Savings: Microsoft Office on the cheap But you can get a version of Office 2007 more cheaply, provided you can do without some of its business-oriented components, such as Outlook or Access (not to be confused with Outlook Express, which is part of Windows XP, and has been replaced by Windows Mail in Vista).

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WithTinyChat you can create your own chatroom and invite people through one simple link. http://www.tinychat.com/

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FreeFileSync is an open source utility to compare and synchronize folders. It can be used for fast and easy configurable sync operations between two folders without restricted or overloaded UI interfaces. You can drag and drop the folders for comparing and synchronization. The application has a split window display by which you can see the list of file which are not available in the second folder selected. http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/

JUST FOR FUN

befunky Turn your photos into incredible artwork with one click http://www.befunky.com/

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Custom Tombstone Message http://www.jjchandler.com/tombstone/

This site also allows you to make other mockups such as street signs and warning signs too.

If you like this, check out:

Fake magazine covers and comics with your picture http://www.magmypic.com/

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How to Cure Someday Syndrome Someday Syndrome: not doing what you want to because you don’t know what it is, probably because you’re procrastinating about it, or because you have too much stuff getting in your way. http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Someday-Syndrome

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The Newspaper Clipping Generator as the name suggests is an online utility that lets you create fake newspaper clippings. Just fill in provided fields with your text, and click on “Generate” button. Once the clipping is generated, you can easily download it to your computer and do whatever you want with it, i.e. add it to your social networking profile or post it on your blog. http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp

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4-2-2009

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New Handout: Summary of Resources and Tools for the Data Boot Camp for School Counselors Training

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Creating Podcasts Creating podcasts has many educational benefits. Students are able to create a product to share with a potentially world-wide audience! The process of putting together an audio recording is extremely valuable and is certainly a cross-curricular experience. I've divided up the process into four parts: preproduction, recording, postproduction, and publishing. http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/create.html

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Using Tracking and Reviewing Features in Microsoft Word 2002/XP Tutorial Microsoft Word 2002 includes features that allow you to track the changes made by multiple users, as well as a review function that allows reviewers to insert their comments within a document. These features are very useful when you are part of a peer group assigned to work on a project together. They also provide a means for instructors to comment on your work. It allows a peer editor or the instructor to keep track of the comments and changes made by various reviewers. http://continuinged.uml.edu/online/tutorial/word_trackingxp/

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Microsoft Excel: Check out the F11 Trick for Making Quick Charts This is a sample from the Data Boot Camp for School Counselors and Administrators - CD

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Convert PDF Files to Word Documents and Other Formats Most of us know easy ways to turn a Word or other text document into a PDF, but what if we need to convert a PDF to Word? Today we will take a look at some methods to turn a PDF document into a Word or other text document.

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Recycle Old Electronics at Best Buy Not only do they accept some items in-store, they have a trade-in program for "gently used" electronics and contact info for where to dispose of stuff you can't take to them. It's an interesting read. http://www.jeremyduffy.com/recycle-old-electronics-at-best-buy/

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Microsoft Word lists for $230. You wouldn't want to pay that, even if you could afford it. Your best bet is Microsoft's Ultimate Steal, which is $60. That is the top-of-the-line Office package. According to Microsoft, the $60 price is a saving of 91 percent! Ultimate is available only to students. It includes Word 2007, along with the other Office programs. Those other Office programs could come in handy. If you continue with college, you will need Excel and PowerPoint. Additional Office programs may also be needed. http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-us/default.aspx

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Jing If you're looking to share videos of onscreen action or screen shots with friends or business associates, the latest version of Jing will be most welcome. This edition allows users to capture screenshots, and then add captions, highlights, or directional arrows. Also, users can add their own voice to the onscreen action and then they can also upload the image or video. After uploading the image or video, they can also send a URL for the newly created document to anyone they choose. This version is compatible with computers running Windows XP and newer or MAC OS X 10.4.11, or 10.5.5 or later. http://www.jingproject.com/

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Photo Recovery Programs At some point in time, it’s happened to all of us: we’ve accidentally deleted photos from a memory card or hard drive. But this doesn’t mean that your precious memories are gone for good. Most memory card manufacturers offer software to recover images. For a fee, of course. Additionally, you can purchase third-party programs to recover images. Before you shell out your hard-earned cash, though, try free programs. Chances are, you can recover your photos without having to spend a dime. Click on the website for a table of these software programs.

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Turning Off Paragraph Hyphenation Need to make sure that a particular paragraph never has any hyphenated words in it? You can make sure that Word won't automatically add any hyphens by following the easy steps in this tip. (This tip works with Microsoft Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, Word 2003, and Word

2007.)

The hyphenation tool provided with Word can be very handy when creating a document. There may be some paragraphs, however, in which you don't want Word to hyphenate words. You can turn off hyphenation for selected paragraphs by following these steps:

1. Make sure the insertion point is located in the paragraph you don't want to hyphenate.

2. Choose Paragraph from the Format menu. Word displays the Paragraph dialog box. (To

display the dialog box in Word 2007, display the Home tab of the ribbon and click the small icon at the bottom-right of the Paragraph group.)

3. Make sure the Line and Page Breaks tab is selected. (Click here to see a related figure.)

4. Ensure the Don't Hyphenate check box is selected.

5. Click on OK.

Now, when you choose to do an automatic hyphenation, all the paragraphs formatted for no hyphenation are skipped, and only those paragraphs that are not formatted that way are hyphenated. If you use styles, of course, you can make this even easier by setting up some sort of paragraph style that has the hyphenation setting turned on or off according to your needs.

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WORTHY WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE

Data Boot Camp Resources and Tools (handout) This brief handout is a summary of the resources and tools that I recommend when doing my Data Boot Camp for School Counselors and/or ASCA Model™ training. http://www.schoolcounselor.com/data-boot-camp-tools.pdf

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Symantec Launches Norton Online Family Symantec Launches Norton Online Family That Connects Parents to Their Kids’ Online Lives and Introduces Advisory Council

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Cyberbullying Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, with the intention of harming others. The technology used includes e-mail, message boards, blogs, instant messaging, cell phone, text messaging, defamatory personal Web sites and/or online personal polling Web sites. Frequently, media such as sounds, text, video, altered graphics, and photos are incorporated into the piece to add to the attacks. This workshop endeavors to help you understand the nature of Cyberbullying and provides helpful tips for prevention and intervention among both bullies and victims. This presentation is given by Dr. Russell Sabella (see www.guardingkids.com)

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Online Stopwatch Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point -- and there's never one around!

Well

Countdown timer always available when you need it. http://www.online-stopwatch.com/

Now there is! Online Stopwatch! A Simple, Fast Flash Online Stopwatch and Online

Also check out: http://e.ggtimer.com/

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DaButtonFactory - Another website button maker to create customized buttons online. You can apply variety of fonts, styles, colors, customize text, shadows, gradient, change button style… etc. http://dabuttonfactory.com/

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Google Voice is Coming! One number for all your calls and SMS; Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts; Free calls, conference calling, and more. https://www.google.com/voice/

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Printable Free 2009 Calendar Source: http://www.komando.com/coolsites/ CalendarLabs features a tool to help you print calendars. You can print yearly or monthly calendars. These calendars can be customized. For example, you can add holidays to your yearly calendar. Or, you can add a photo to your calendar. There are a number from which to choose. Alternatively, you can upload your own or use one from the Internet! http://www.calendarlabs.com/

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TrueCrypt Source: Komando Any time you take work on the road, you should secure your information. You just never know if it will fall into the wrong hands. One way to protect your data from prying eyes is through encryption. Even if you lose your thumb drive, your documents will be unreadable. You can also encrypt an entire hard disk partition. TrueCrypt can encrypt everything on your thumb drive. The program is not automatically portable, but it is easily made so. Read the steps on using Traveller Mode. The portable version will take up only 599 KB on a thumb drive. Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux http://www.truecrypt.org/

JUST FOR FUN

What are you getting free for your birthday? Free stuff just for having a birthday? Maybe getting older has an upside, especially when free bowling, dinners, golf, movies, skiing and spa treatments are involved! The list is growing everyday! Companies all over the United States have free birthday treats just waiting for you! Even better, some of their free birthday treats are good for your entire birthday month. Kids, adults, even pets can receive enticing birthday freebies. http://www.freebirthdaytreats.com/

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A high quality education doesn't have to come at a high cost. In fact, it's possible to take

classes from big names like Yale, MIT, and Tufts without ever submitting an application or paying a cent in tuition. We've compiled 200 online classes from these and other respected institutions, and you can take all of them with no strings attached.

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