Friday, June 29, 2012

#ASCA12 Web 2.0 and Technology Smackdown: Get Your Geek On!

I had the pleasure of presenting Web 2.0 Technology Smackdown with a panel of tech savvy school counselors Julia V. TaylorDr. Erin MasonAndrea Burston, and Dr. Russ Sabella on June 25th at the American School Counselor Association Conference! 

I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it was to get my geek on with such an amazing group of people for a standing room only audience! 


For our presentation we each shared some of our favorite technology tools we use as professional school counselors. We each had three minutes to share about the a tool and then we rotated to the next person.  We even involved the audience! Volunteers from the audience were able to come up and share their favorite tools with everyone! It was a blast! 

Our presentation was fast and furious, but I was able to share three of my favorite tech tools: 
  • Blogger - A FREE and easy to use blog publishing service (I use blogger to manage School Counselor Blog!)
  • Google Forms - A FREE way to create, share, and embed surveys into websites.
  • Dropbox - A FREE file storage and sharing site.
I learned about so many new tech tools from my fellow presenters and the audience members!  

Some of the tech tools my fellow presenters shared that I am most excited to check out are:
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the wealth of technology resources that exist. However, if you chose just one new tool you would like to explore and learn more about, it can be less overwhelming and FUN! 


Google is a great resource to find tutorials on just about any tech tool! So... explore, play around, and think of ways you can use technology to enhance your school counseling program and support student success!


I am so excited to share even more resources and information from the 2012 American School Counselor Association National Conference with you! 

You can download the handout for the Web 2.0 Technology Smackdown presentation by clicking on the highlighted text.


What tech tools do you use in your work as a school counselor? What tech tools would you like to know more about?

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

#ASCA12 and #SCCHAT Recap

I just got back from the American School Counselor Association Conference on Tuesday evening. I had an amazing time connecting and sharing with other school counselors from all over the world!  It was so much fun and I was absolutely exhausted when I got back. 

There is so much I want to tell you about my time at ASCA so I will be sharing everything in multiple posts!

One of my most favorite things about the 2012 ASCA conference was hosting two School Counselor Tweet Ups with Dr. Erin Mason, a Counselor Educator at DePaul in Chicago, IL, and creator of School Counselors' Online Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

Dr. Mason and I hosted the School Counselor Tweet Ups as a way for school counselors and educators who follow and participate in School Counselor Tweet Chats (#scchat) to meet up live! Both Tweet Ups were well attended and a huge success! 

It was so surreal to meet school counselors I interact with all the time on Twitter in person!  It was pretty funny hearing people refer to each other as their Twitter handles instead of their real names. It was great to finally put faces with a names! 

Our first #scchat Tweet Up was at the dance social on Saturday night.


ASCA reserved a table for us at the dance social!  I made name tags for everyone who was able to RSVP.  



I created QR codes for each person's name tag so that their Twitter profile would come up whenever it was scanned. If that isn't the work of a tech savvy school counselor, I don't know what is! You can try it out by scanning mine.  

Pretty cool, right?

Danielle Schultz - Me (@sch_counselor),
Andrea Burston (@andreajburston) author of JYJYOYNER Counselor, 

Danielle Schultz - Me (@sch_counselor) and 
Tabitha Panariso (@tpanariso), author of Scrapbook of a School Counselor.

 Jennifer Grossman (@MSCAJennifer) and Danielle Schultz - Me (@sch_counselor)

We took a group picture of #scchat tweeps at the first #ASCA12 #scchat Tweet Up! Darrell Sampson author of the blog From the Counselor's Office was named MVT - Most Valuable Tweeter for tweeting the most using the hashtag #scchat. 

We had over 9 states represented at our #scchat! 

Our second #scchat tweet up was held on Monday at the Skywater Retaurant in the Hilton. Over 18 people showed up! We had a great variety of people! Some school counselors made their first ever tweets at our #scchat tweet up! We chatted about our favorite technology resources and created a document where we could continue to share ideas even after the Tweet Up was over.


After the Tweet Up I hung out with school counselors from Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas and Maryland! We went to dinner at an awesome restaurant, Zelo. The conversation and food were excellent! 


At Zelo with school counselors from Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas and Maryland!

I can't wait to share more about the American School Counseling Association National Conference with you! 

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Free Spirit Publishing Blog Post: 10 Ways to Rest, Relax, and Rejuvenate This Summer

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogCheck out my post 10 Ways to Rest, Relax, and Rejuvenate This Summer about ways to recharge after your busy school year!


I started blogging for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Friday, June 15, 2012

School Counselor Spotlight: Kindness Garden

I love bright and colorful things that make an impact, so needless to say I instantly fell in love with Emily's School Counselor Spotlight submission as soon as I saw the pictures! Emily shares a fun and easy way to make a Kindness Garden for No-Name Calling Week or Random Acts of Kindness Week.


Emily wrote:

During Random Acts of Kindness/No Name Calling week, I did a different lesson on kindness in each grade level. To tie it all together, each student was given an opportunity to decorate a flower for our "kindness garden," which was displayed directly outside of the cafeteria entrance.

Each flower needed to contain either an example of a kindness that they have seen or done, or a wish/dream/idea for spreading kindness throughout the school. When stapling the flowers to the bulletin board, I scattered the different grade levels so that students would need to explore the garden and read different flowers in order to find their own.

Students loved this activity because they:
  • could be expressive artistically
  • were able to see their flower every day and show their friends, favorite staff members, etc. 
  • could celebrate the ways in which they showed kindness 
  • focused on kindness and positivity in their lives 

Teachers and Staff loved this activity because they:
  • could reference the Kindness Garden when they saw students being unkind, especially in the hall by the cafeteria 
  • were able to use the bulletin board to help students brainstorm fix-its, or ways to help undo unkind behavior (in addition to an apology) 
  • loved the colorful spring theme (I did this activity during the cold Wisconsin winter).

Emily 
Elementary School Counselor
West Side Elementary, Wisconsin

Check out the pictures of Emily's Kindness Garden!


 Emily printed flower templates on white paper.
(I created a printable PDF file with two flower templates: Kindness Garden Flowers .
You can also google "flower template" to find more templates for personal use.)

Students decorated the flower templates using crayons and markers. 

Each flower had to contain an example of kindness or a way to spread kindness at the school.

  • As I said before, the bright colors immediately caught my eye! 
  • I love that this idea showcases students work while getting a message across! I am sure students loved to look at this display and show everyone which flower they made! 
  • The placement of the display was ideal. Students, teachers, and staff were all able to access the display and use it for learning opportunities. 
  • Emily scattered the flowers so students would have to read other flowers to find theirs! BRILLIANT! 
  • Students felt a sense of ownership because they created the display together and came up with solutions to make their school a better and kinder place! 
  • Emily used this activity as a culminating activity for other kindness lessons she facilitated. This is a great visual way to show others what students learned from your lessons! 
  • This could be used for many different times of the year... No Name Calling Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, Bully Free Month, etc.  The possibilities are endless.
Thank you Emily for sharing your Kindness Garden with us! I am sure many school counselors out there will be making Kindness Gardens of their own next school year!

What is your favorite thing about Emily's Kindness Garden? How would you use the Kindness Garden at your school? What time of the year would you display the Kindness Garden (Bully Free Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, No Name Calling Week, etc...)?


Do you have an innovative idea, creative lesson, or quality resource you want to share with other school counselors? Have you done something to make a positive impact on your students, your school, and yourself? School Counselor Spotlight is a way for you to share your innovative ideas, creative lessons, and quality resources with School Counselor Blog readers!

Send your stories, ideas, creative lessons, and/or resources to danielle@schcounselor.com with School Counselor Spotlight in the subject line. Please include a description of the idea, lesson, or resource, including costs, inspiration, pictures and how it impacted your students or school!
**Photos must be of good quality and unedited.** 

Chosen ideas and stories will be featured in the School Counselor Spotlight on School Counselor Blog!

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

RSVP for the School Counselor Tweet Up! #SCCHAT #ASCA12

10 days and counting until the American School Counselor Association National Conference! I am so excited to attend and to present Web 2.0 Technology Smackdown with a panel of tech savvy school counselors - Julia V. TaylorDr. Erin Mason, Andrea Burston, and Dr. Russ Sabella) - on June 25th

Dr. Erin Mason at SCOPE and I are hosting TWO School Counselor Tweet Ups at the conference! School Counselor Tweet Ups are an opportunity to meet your #SCCHAT tweeps live and in person! 

You are welcome to attend even if you have not participated in one of our School Counselor Tweet Chats (#SCCHAT).  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how school counselors use twitter in their professional work as a school counselor!

If you are planning to attend either of the School Counselor Tweet Ups please RSVP below. It is not a requirement, so if you decide at the last minute you want to come PLEASE DO! I just want to make fun name tags for people I know will be in attendance! :)


Are you attending the ASCA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN? What sessions are you looking forward to attending? Are you planning to attend a School Counselor Tweet Up?

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: Taming Tattling

I have a new post on Free Spirit Publishing's BlogCheck out my post about ways to tame tattling at your school: Taming Tattling


I started blogging for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Friday, June 8, 2012

#SCCHAT Tweet Up and #ASCA2012

WE ARE HOSTING TWO SCHOOL COUNSELOR TWEET UPS at the ASCA National Conference!

If you participated in the School Counselor Tweet Chat you probably were witness to the technical difficulties I was having moderating! Even tech savvy school counselors have technology issues sometimes! ;)

I wanted to give you details about our upcoming LIVE School Counselor Tweet Ups at the American School Counselor Association Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Our first School Counselor Tweet Up will be held Saturday, June 23 in the Hilton's Grand Ballroom. This Tweet Up will take place during the Dance Social at approximately 8:30pm CDT.

Our second School Counselor Tweet Up will take place the same day as the Web 2.0 Technology Smackdown presentation! Don't miss it! :) We will be meeting up in the Skywater Restaurant in the Hiton from 5:30pm - 6:30pm CDT.

Are you excited to meet up with your Twitter friends live? What are you looking forward to during the ASCA Conference?


Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Monday, June 4, 2012

School Counselor Tweet Chat: School Counselor Tweet Up and ASCA National Conference

The next School Counselor Tweet Chat is Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 8pmEST!

The topic of School Counselor Tweet Chat this month is School Counselor Tweet Up and ASCA National Conference. Danielle Schultz (@sch_counselor) will be the moderator for the #scchat!

Join us as we chat about the ASCA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN and get details for a live, in person, TWEET UP with your #scchat friends.

I will be moderating live from a master's level school counseling class at Arcadia University! The Arcadia students will be participating in the chat too!

For directions on how to participate in a School Counselor Tweet Chatclick here.

Join School Counselor Blog and SCOPE for #scchat the first Tuesday of the month @ 8pmEST!  View the School Counselor Tweet Chat schedule for dates and topics!

Click here for a list of past School Counselor Tweet Chats and full transcripts.

If you are interested in moderating a School Counselor Tweet Chat, direct message me on twitter!

Erin Mason is a former Middle School Counselor, now Counselor Educator who manages SCOPE, a group blog dedicated to chronicling the positive impact of School Counseling professionals. Connect with Erin via email, follow her on Twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the SCOPE Facebook Page.

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.
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