Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Get Connected for Back to School



We all know what this time of the year is...if you've forgotten check any tv ad because it's back to school time!  Andrea from JYJ Counselor Blog and Danielle from School Counselor Blog want to celebrate and kick off the new school year with you!

There are many ways that you can participate and connect with other school counselors to celebrate the new school year. Here's how:

Share Your First Day of School Picture!
We want to see your smiling face as you head back to another year or your first year as a school counselor! We also want to see graduate students and counselor educators heading back to graduate school!  To share your first day of school picture with other school counselors use the hashtag #scday1 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine.

Share Your School Counseling Office!
We want to see your school counseling office! Whether you are still preparing and decorating your office for the school year or are all done and ready for students, we want to see your space! To share pictures or a tour of your office with other school counselors use the hashtag #scoffice on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine.

Join Us for a LIVE Chat!
Join us on Wednesday, August 7th at 8PM EST for the first ever School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat live via Google+ Hangout.  We will discuss back school tips, best practices, and much more!  We have an amazing lineup of school counselor bloggers to represent each school counseling level! The following school counselors will be participating in the chat:

Elementary Level:
Middle School:
High School:
To view the School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat live from YouTube visit the School Counseling On Air YouTube page. The School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat will also be broadcast live on JYJ Counselor Blog and School Counselor Blog.

You can tweet questions on Twitter using the hashtag #SCOA. You can also ask questions on the School Counseling On Air YouTube page.

We look forward to kicking off the new school year with you!

Will you be sharing your first day of school pictures, office pictures, or participating in the Google+ School Counseling On Air Back to School Chat?


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.



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hoarders: School Counselor Edition

Hi my name is Danielle and I am a school counseling material hoarder.

I did not realize the extent of my problem until I went to my storage unit the other day to scope out what supplies I might want to take with me to my new position.

This is what was staring back at me... dun dun dun...


A hot mess.

When I left my previous position I did not take the time to actually organize my stuff when I was putting it in boxes. I knew that I had to go through everything, sort, and organize so I could prioritize what I wanted to take to my new office.

I made multiple trips to the storage unit bringing a few boxes with me each time. I went through each box and sorted things into piles: Keep, Throw Away, and Give to Mom (my mom is a teacher and is going to end up getting a ton of my elementary level stuff haha).  The stuff that I decided I wanted to keep I sorted into Middle School Level and Elementary Level. The elementary stuff that I did not end up reserving for my mom is going to go back into storage... in a LABELED box this time.

I sorted the middle school level items that I am taking with me, put them into boxes, and labeled them. I am glad I purchased clear boxes because I can easily see what is inside now that they are organized.



I decided to try out the permanent marker trick on my plastic boxes and sure enough it worked!  I wrote the the key items in the box on each lid.


If you are not aware of the permanent marker trick, prepare to have your mind blown! You can write on many different kinds of surfaces with permanent marker and then write on top of the permanent marker with a dry erase maker to remove the permanent marker. It comes right off... like magic!

After lots of sorting and labeling (and reshuffling of the one side of the storage unit....) I had a nice neat area of stuff that I am planning to take with me to my office.

I still have a few more boxes to go through... but those boxes contain mostly craft supplies. I am not feeling motivated to tackle that project yet. I am going to wait to go through the other boxes until I see my office.

So there you have it... this hoarder is trying to be reformed. I do not want to take a bunch of unnecessary items to my new space so I needed to get my clutter under control!

How do you sort and pack your items? What organization tips do you have for a school counselor starting a new or first position?

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.



Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Facebook Round-up! July 26th Edition

There is a lot of great discussion happening on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page  Each Friday I plan to share some of the week's most popular posts and fan questions from the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



School counselors have back to school on their minds! Lots of school counselors are looking for ideas for next year or ideas for just getting started as a new school counselor. Check out the questions below and then visit the links to read comments, suggestions, and ideas from other school counselors!

Questions from the week ending July 26, 2013


Creating Community Partnerships: 
Allie from The Creative School Counselor blog is looking for ideas of how school counselors partner and collaborate with the local community to provide resources for students and families. What partnerships have you created to benefit your students and families? Click here to read the comments.

In Search of Study Skills Curricula: 
Cristina is looking for your favorite study skills resources and curricula for middle and high school! Click here to read the comments.

Songs for School Counseling:
Melanie from Stylish School Counselor is looking for song ideas to integrate into school counseling sessions and programs. What songs do you use in your work as a school counselor and how do you use them? Click here to read the comments.

Alternatives to School Counselor Positions in an Unfavorable Market:
Berkeley has been applying for TONS of school counseling positions with no luck. She wants to know what other things you can do with a degree in school counseling when the market is not favorable. Click here to read the comments. 

The BIG News I shared:
I have some big news for my School Counselor Blog facebook fans!! I just accepted a position as a middle school counselor for the coming school year!!!! Beyond elated!!!! Click here to read the comments.

K-8 Decoration Advice:
Joey will be doing an internship this fall at a K-8 school and is looking for furniture and office decoration recommendations. Share your decoration tips below! Click here to read the comments.


OWL Themed School Counseling Ideas:
Whooo wants a OWL theme this year? Nicole does! She found some good lessons and decor....(Whoo's in your family, Kindness is a hoot!, Owl about me) but she is wondering if YOU have more ideas for lessons, crafts, decor and other things that can be done with owls! She is especially looking for acronyms that they use O.W.L.  Click here to read the comments.

Start dates for school counselors and students:
When is your first day of school and first day for students? Click here to read the comments.

Favorite Resources for ALL LEVELS:
Tim is looking for your favorite school counseling resources for ALL LEVELS! He will be starting a new position serving four non-public schools - grades K-8 and 9-12. What are your favorite books and resources? Click here to read the comments.

What questions do you have for School Counselor Facebook fans? 

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.



Monday, July 22, 2013

New Free Spirit Publishing Post: 3 Ways to Make the Most of Attending a Professional Conference

In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, 3 Ways to Make the Most of Attending a Professional Conference, I share tips for making your professional conference experience professionally - and personally - rewarding.


 

What tips do you have for professional conference attendees?
 
Please share your comments and ideas in the comment section of my post on the Free Spirit Blog!
 
I started writing for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012. Check out the Counselor's Corner for more Free Spirit Publishing Blog Posts by me! 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 emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Facebook Round-up!

There is a lot of great discussion happening on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page  I wanted to come up with a way to share the information that School Counselor Blog Facebook Page Fans are sharing with each other. Each Friday I plan to share some of the week's most popular posts and fan questions from the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



School counselors have back to school on their minds! Lots of school counselors are looking for ideas for next year or ideas for just getting started as a new school counselor. Check out the questions below and then visit the links to read comments, suggestions, and ideas from other school counselors!

Questions from the week ending July 19, 2013


Preparing for the first day of school as a new school counselor: 

Catie is starting her first year at a new school! Any tips for what to do the first day? How do you prepare for the first day of school? Click here to read the comments.

Organizing lessons for the upcoming school year:

Holly a first year elementary school counselor is looking for tips and ideas on how to organize her lessons for the year. Do you focus on certain domains at certain times? Do you have monthly themes? How do you decide what you will do when? Share your ideas and tips below! Click here to read the comments.

Planner & organizer ideas for a High School Counselor: 

Anyone have any planners or organizer recommendations for a high school counselor? Click here to read the comments.

Aligning school counseling lessons to Common Core:

Have you aligned your school counseling lessons with the Common Core? Do you have any tips to share with others about tackling it? Click here to read the comments.

Working in multiple buildings:

Natasha, and elementary school counselor, will be starting a new position in the fall where she will be serving multiple buildings. Do you have any advice for working at multiple buildings as a school counselor? What budget-friendly tips, tricks, and ideas do you have for decorating and stocking more than one office with resources, and materials?  Click here to read the comments.

What questions do you have for School Counselor Facebook fans? 

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, July 17, 2013

School Counselor Blog Book Club Final Discussion: Summary of "Linchpin" by Seth Godin

Our final discussion of the School Counselor Blog Book Club begins on Wednesday, July 17th on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page! We will be discussing the summary and the book Linchpin by Seth Godin as a whole.

You can add to this discussion at anytime by stopping by the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page! Also, feel free to add your thoughts and comments to previous discussions from previous weeks, comment, and reply throughout the book club!

If you are on Twitter, you can discuss Linchpin by Seth Godin with us by using the hashtag #scbbc (School Counselor Blog Book Club) and #linchpin.

I look forward to kicking off our last discussion of Linchpin by Seth Godin with you!

Click on the images below to participate in the discussions of the summary!






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

More posts about the School Counselor Blog Book Club:
Announcing the School Counselor Blog Book Club!
School Counselor Blog Book Club Starts June 19th
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Schedule: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
The First Discussion (Intro-Chapter 3 of Linchpin)
Meeting Seth Godin and a "Fly Closer to the Sun" Giveaway at the Blogger Meet and Greet
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Two: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Three: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Week Four: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin
School Counselor Blog Book Club Discussion Final Discussion: Summary of "Linchpin" by Seth Godin

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.



Monday, July 15, 2013

Come Out of Your Shell - 3 Tips for Taking Your Twitter Profile to the Next Level

If you are new to Twitter and looking to create meaningful connections with others and gain more followers, this post is for you! Below I will share some tips to take your Twitter profile to the next level!


1. Come Out of Your Shell

One of the first things you may notice when creating a Twitter account is that your profile picture is the image of an egg. If you are a new user you may not understand the importance of changing your profile picture. Missing this very important step will limit your ability to connect and communicate with others on Twitter.

Your profile is your first impression to other Twitter users. If you are an egg, people do not know who you are - and they may even think that you are a spammer. On Twitter, there's no such thing as a "good egg."

Let's try to put it in real life terms...being an egg on Twitter is like walking around with a brown paper grocery bag over your head.


No one can see your face or who you are. People really don't want to interact with you because, let's face it - it's kind of weird to be walking around with a brown paper bag on your head. (P.S. Yes that is me with a bag on my head... Are you sure you still want to talk to me?! Sometimes I do crazy things in the name of blogging!)

I have received a lot more followers since attending the ASCA Conference this year. One thing I noticed is that there are a lot of eggs following me! I typically do not follow people back unless they have a picture of their face or the logo for their organization as their profile picture.

Changing your profile picture is an easy fix that can lead to more followers and more connections with others! To change your profile picture use these step by step instructions provided by Twitter.


2. Put Your Best Face Forward!

Once you have decided to come out of your shell, it is time to pick a new profile picture!

Here are some recommended do's and don'ts for choosing a new profile picture:

Do's

  • Do choose a professional-looking headshot of yourself
  • Do keep the background and your outfit simple (crazy patterns will make it difficult for people to focus on your face, which is the most important part of your profile picture!)
  • Do smile! You want to look approachable! 
  • Do use a school logo or a picture of your school mascot when creating a school counseling program account. Parents, students, and the school community will easily be able to identify that the account is associated with your school.

Don't

  • Don't include multiple people in your picture. Your profile picture should be of just you. (As tempting as it might be to take a picture of yourself and your furry friend, don't. Unless Fluffy will be tweeting for you, she shouldn't be part of the picture.)
  • Don't use a picture of an inanimate object, pet, or animal as your profile picture, unless it is your school mascot or school logo that you are using for your school counseling program account. 
  • Don't be an egg... enough said.

Your picture doesn't need to be taken by a professional. You can get a pretty decent picture even by using the camera on your phone!


3. Tell Us About Yourself!

Failing to provide information about yourself in your profile is a missed opportunity! You only have 160 characters worth of information to share so be specific and purposeful.

Some things you may want to include in your profile description include:
  • The level you serve - are you an elementary school counselor, middle school counselor, high school counselor, counselor educator, graduate student, director of school counseling, or president of a state school counselor association?
  • Hashtags - You can include the hashtag #schoolcounselor, #scchat, or other hashtags associated with your profession or specific job
  • Other things you do in your role.
This is what my Twitter profile looks like.


I took my own picture with my camera phone and changed it to black and white. I also used the same color scheme and images that I use on my blog to make all of my social media accounts have a cohesive look. 

Below are a few examples of other Twitter users who have great profile pictures and profile descriptions!




Here are some great examples of school counseling program Twitter accounts.




Using Twitter is a great way to share and connect with other school counselors! If you implement these simple tips you will be on your way to making even more connections and getting more followers! 

I look forward to tweeting with you soon! 

What tips do you have for taking your Twitter profile to the next level?

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.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Highlights of the 2013 ASCA Conference: Get Your Blog On! (July 3, 2013)

I am still in the process of recovering from all of the excitement of the 2013 ASCA Conference in Philadelphia, PA. I decided to write a series of posts because I really can't cram everything I want to say into one post! I will give you the highlights of each day I attended the conference, even though the whole conference was amazing!

July 3, 2013 - ASCA Conference Day 4


Get Your Blog On! 


The final day of the conference blogger buddy +Andrea Burston and I presented Get Your Blog On! The purpose of our presentation was to share tips and tricks for starting and maintaining a professional school counseling blog.


Andrea and me after our presentation!

We drove home the point that if you can write an email, you can write a school counseling blog! It is really not that difficult to write and maintain a blog... you just have to do it! :) We focused on using Blogger to create a blog because it is very user-friendly and we both use it to host our blogs. 

I had a lot of fun presenting with Andrea. We received lots of great questions from participants about specific aspects of blogging. We even motivated participants to start their own school counseling blogs!

You can view our presentation below and access a copy of our Get Your Blog On Google Doc containing helpful links about blogging.



Since our presentation, some participants have informed us that they have started a blog!  Check out these new school counseling blogs below:


Have you started a blog since attending our session? Share it with me and I will add it to the list.

If you want even more information about starting a blog, check out my webinar, Blogging in 5 Easy Steps, that I did for the ASCA webinar series!

During our presentation we also shared how to keep up with your favorite school counselor blogs. Many blogs allow you to subscribe via email (to subscribe to School Counselor Blog via email, click here).

If you want an easy way to keep up with all of your favorite school counseling blogs in one place, check out PulseFlipboard and Feedly.

Pulse and Flipboard are both apps you can download for Apple and Android devices. They allow you to organize content from multiple sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Feedly is my personal favorite for organizing blogs. I like that Feedly has apps available for Apple and Android devices, but also enables you to access your subscriptions in a web browser. Feedly allows you to easily add blogs you want to follow and organize them into categories.

Back to the 'burgh!


After our presentation we headed over to hear Rachel Simmons deliver the closing keynote. She was a great speaker and shared lots of great information about relational aggression. I love that she shares "Girl Tips" that could be used in groups, in classroom lessons, and on a bulletin board! I was totally bummed that I had to cut out of her keynote early to catch my train back to Pittsburgh.

On the long train ride back I had time to reflect on all of the wonderful experiences I had at the ASCA Conference this year.  I had an awesome time connecting and sharing with so many amazing school counselors. Attending the ASCA National conference is an experience unlike any other. It is such an unbelievable experience to be surrounded by so many school counselors who are passionate and enthusiastic about our profession! I am already looking forward to the ASCA conference next year in Orlando, FL!

What are your favorite highlights of the ASCA Conference this year? Are you planning to attend the 2014 ASCA Conference in Orlando, FL?

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

Read more highlights from my 2013 ASCA Conference experience below:
ASCA 2013 Day 1: #SCCHAT Tweet Up (June 30, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 2: Technology Smackdown (July 1, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 3: School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet (July 2, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 4: Get Your Blog On! (July 3, 2013)

If you were not able to attend the ASCA Conference this year you can still access all the handouts and materials from the presenters on the 2013 ASCA Conference App.

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.



Friday, July 12, 2013

Highlights of the 2013 ASCA Conference - School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet

I am still in the process of recovering from all of the excitement of the 2013 ASCA Conference in Philadelphia, PA. I decided to write a series of posts because I really can't cram everything I want to say into one post! I will give you the highlights of each day I attended the conference, even though the whole conference was amazing!

July 2, 2013 - ASCA Conference Day 3


Philly LOVE 


On day three, after having crepes for the second day in a row (I spared you the picture!), I did some sightseeing!




LOVE Park


L to R: Gina, Andrea, Me and Courtney


Andrea and Me


Rocky steps!


Philadelphia Museum of Art

After our much needed mental break, Andrea and I planned for the Blogger Meet and Greet and attended more sessions. 

School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet


On Wednesday night Andrea and I hosted the first ever School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet. It was so much fun to meet and connect with other school counselor bloggers and blog readers.



Andrea made super cool QR code cards for people who came to the Meet and Greet. Once scanned, the cards revealed a message stating whether or not you won a prize! We gave away lots of cool stuff. Below are pictures of winners with their loot!




All of the items (except the red shirts) are available in the School Counselor Blog Store!

We had a lot of fun chatting with each other and despite our exhaustion from the day, we stayed way past 9 o'clock when the Meet and Greet was officially supposed to be over! 


L to R: 

I am so glad we remembered to get a picture of all the school counselor bloggers in attendance!


School Counselor Bloggers!!!
R to L:
Top: 
Darrell Sampson - From the Counselor's Office
Jeff Ream - The Counseling Geek
Bottom:
Rebecca Lallier - School Counseling by Heart
Andrea Burston - JYJ Counselor
Danielle Schultz - School Counselor Blog

Andrea and I hope to have an even bigger and better Meet and Greet next year. We are so excited to learn about new blogs popping up by school counselors who were inspired by reading our blogs or attending our Get Your Blog On session! 

What are your favorite highlights of the ASCA Conference this year? Are you planning to attend the 2014 ASCA Conference in Orlando, FL?

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

Read more highlights from my 2013 ASCA Conference experience below:
ASCA 2013 Day 1: #SCCHAT Tweet Up (June 30, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 2: Technology Smackdown (July 1, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 3: School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet (July 2, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 4: Get Your Blog On! (July 3, 2013)

If you were not able to attend the ASCA Conference this year you can still access all the handouts and materials from the presenters on the 2013 ASCA Conference App.

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.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Highlights of the 2013 ASCA Conference - Technology Smackdown! (July 1, 2013)

I am still in the process of recovering from all of the excitement of the 2013 ASCA Conference in Philadelphia, PA. I decided to write a series of posts because I really can't cram everything I want to say into one post! I will give you the highlights of each day I attended the conference, even though the whole conference was amazing!

July 1, 2013 - ASCA Conference Day 2

Before I share about the Tech Smackdown, I must say that I fell in LOVE with the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia! I have been to the Reading Terminal Market in Philly before, but being at the conference for multiple days allowed me to really enjoy it and all of its splendor! It was so cool to have so many unique and varied food options available all in one place. And now, I must share my breakfast from day 2 with you because it was AMAZING!


Strawberry-Banana-Nutella Crepe from Profi's Creperie at Reading Terminal Market

Ok... enough about crepes... now on to the rest of the day! ;) 

Who's ready for a Tech Smackdown?!

By now you are probably aware that I LOVE technology. I especially love sharing technology, tips, tricks, and ideas with school counselors!

This the second year that I had the pleasure of presenting the Technology Smackdown at the ASCA National Conference with +Andrea Burston+Erin Mason+Julia Taylor, and +Russell Sabella!


L to R: 
Me, Andrea Burston, Dr. Russ Sabella, Julia Taylor, & Dr. Erin Mason

Even though I am a presenter during the Tech Smackdown, I always learn about so many new tech tools from my fellow smackdowners and folks from the audience!

I made Tweet Seat signs for people who wanted to live-tweet the #techsmackdown!


Here is a picture of the Tweet Seat sign that tech savvy school counselor, Megan Kelly (@Megan_M_Kelly), shared via Twitter.

This year I presented a few of my favorite new tech tools and how they could be utilized as a school counselor. I shared Tagboard, Vine, Feedly, and Smore. Stay tuned for future posts where I will outline in detail the tools that I shared during the Tech Smackdown!

One of the tech tools I shared was Vine, a free app for Apple and Android products that allows you to create a 6 second video.  I actually created a Vine video during the session of attendees saying "Tech Smackdown" and waving! You can view it here or below!



+Andrea Burston and I also created a Vine video to invite people to our blogger Meet & Greet during the conference. There are so many ways you could use Vine and the new Instagram video with students and for your school counseling program!

Some ways you could use Vine in your school:
  • have students make anti-bullying videos
  • have students create their own public service announcements
  • advertise the services you offer as a school counselor
  • give a brief tour of your office
  • and much much more! 
How would you use a short 6 second or 15 second video in your work as a school counselor?

After the #techsmackdown session was over it was so much fun to read Twitter feedback from the session attendees. People loved the session and the ideas we shared!

One of my personal favorite tweets came  from Keith McMillin (@McMillinMEd).


In this pic I am sharing how to make a Smore flyer! 

For a link to tons of great tech tools you can utilize as a school counselor, visit the Technology Smackdown Google Document!

After the Tech Smackdown session it was time for dinner! Our session was three hours long, I was ready for some down time! I went to dinner at a El Vez with Andrea, her friend Gina, my friend Courtney, and +Rebecca Lallier from School Counseling by Heart!


From L to R: 
Gina, Rebecca, Me, Courtney, and Andrea

We had an awesome time and the food was excellent! I highly recommend El Vez  if you are ever in the downtown Philadelphia area!

ASCA Day 2 was filled with technology and fun! I can't wait to share more of my ASCA 2013 Conference experience with you!

What are your favorite highlights of the ASCA Conference this year? Are you planning to attend the 2014 ASCA Conference in Orlando, FL?

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

Read more highlights from my 2013 ASCA Conference experience below:
ASCA 2013 Day 1: #SCCHAT Tweet Up (June 30, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 2: Technology Smackdown (July 1, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 3: School Counselor Blogger Meet and Greet (July 2, 2013)
ASCA 2013 Day 4: Get Your Blog On! (July 3, 2013)

If you were not able to attend the ASCA Conference this year you can still access all the handouts and materials from the presenters on the 2013 ASCA Conference App.

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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