Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#NotAtASCA15 Chat Transcript: Virtually Following #ASCA15

On Monday, June 29th at 8pmEST Dr. Erin Mason (@ecmmason) and I @sch_counselor) moderated the #NotAtASCA15 chat.

We chatted about what we learned from following #ASCA15 online, what we missed about being able to attend an ASCA conference in person, and what it is like to follow the conference while #NotAtASCA15.

Many school counselors shared they are hoping to attend #ASCA16 in New Orleans, LA. The dates for the 2016 ASCA Conference are July 9th through July 11th. Mark your calendar!

You can view the #NotAtASCA15 chat transcript below or view the full transcript here.


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#SCCHAT takes place the first Tuesday of the month @ 8pmEST!  Visit #SCCHAT Info: http://bit.ly/scchat-info for transcripts of previous #SCCHATs, schedules for future School Counselor Tweet Chats, and information on how to participate.

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Dr. Erin Mason is a former Middle School Counselor, now Counselor Educator who manages SCOPE, a website dedicated to providing school counselors with quality information about using technology in their practice. 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, Licensed Professional 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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Friday, June 26, 2015

#NotAtASCA15 Chat - 6/29/15 at 8pmEST


On Monday, June 29th at 8pmEST Dr. Erin Mason (@ecmmason) and I (@sch_counselor) will be moderating the #NotAtASCA15 chat. This chat is open for anyone interested in chatting about the #ASCA15 conference.

While our school counselor colleagues are meeting up at #ASCA15 in person, we will be chatting online about resources and information we learned about by following the along online.

We will create a transcript after the #NotAtASCA15 chat so you can access all the links and information that we share during the chat.

Last year the #NotAtASCA14 chat was moderated by Connie Ward (@ConnieMWard). You can view a transcript of the #NotAtASCA14 chat. There are lots of great links and resources shared during the #NotAtASCA14 chat!

For more information about participating in a School Counselor Twitter chat, visit http://bit.ly/scchat-info.

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), 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, June 25, 2015

Tips for Following the ASCA Conference Virtually When You are #NotAtASCA15

Wish you were headed to the 2015 ASCA National Conference in Phoenix, AZ, but can't make it this year? This post is for you!


This will be my first time virtually following the ASCA National Conference from home. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have attended the past four ASCA Conferences and will not be attending this year because we are awaiting the arrival of our first child in July! Below I will share some tips for following along with all the #ASCA15 buzz while at home or from your vacation destination!

Get Familiar with Hashtags

I really wish Dr. Erin Mason and I would have recorded our rendition of Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon's #Hashtag Sketch that we did during our presentation at the ASCA Conference last year. A hashtag is a basically a way to label a term so that it is searchable. For the ASCA Conference this year, the hashtag is #ASCA15.  If you do a search on social media sites for this hashtag, you will find all the messages that use this tag. Some people who were not able to attend the ASCA Conference a few years ago started labeling their social media posts with #NotAtASCA and the year. This year we will be using #NotAtASCA15 to categorize posts made by people who aren't attending the ASCA Conference in person, but want to chat about it.


Tweet Your Heart Out

Twitter is going to be a hotbed of activity during the ASCA Conference. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, I recommend you familiarize yourself with Twitter before the ASCA Conference starts. People have already begun tweeting about the conference, but there will be a huge increase in tweets with the tag #ASCA15 starting on Sunday, June 28th. Conference attendees will be sharing links, resources, videos, etc. on Twitter during the sessions. Dr. Erin Mason has arranged for tech savvy school counselors to sign up for time slots to share out summaries each hour. If you want to sign up to help go here. More details to come about this...

New to Twitter? No Problem!
Dr. Erin Mason, tech savvy counselor educator and Twitter Queen, has created a Twitter One-Tool-At-A-Time session that walks you through everything you need to know about getting started with using Twitter. I included the video below or you can view it here. For even more information about Twitter, you can check out the handout from the session Dr. Mason and I presented at #ASCA14, Professional Development in 140 Characters or Less.



Feeling Adventurous? Use a Twitter Management Site
If you are a seasoned Twitter user, (or a newbie who wants to throw yourself into the action!) you can set up feeds on a Twitter management site such as TweetDeck or HootSuite. You can search for hashtags and create columns to follow. See below for an example of my feeds I set up for #ASCA15 and #NotAtASCA15. Once you set up the feeds, they will continue to add all the new tweets with those hashtags. When I was introduced to TweetDeck by Julia Taylor wayyyy back in 2011 it completely changed my world and made Twitter make so much more sense to me! Using a Twitter management system allows you to weed out all the random stuff and only view what you are interested in seeing.


Follow Along Without Signing Up for Social Media Sites
If you are not ready to take the Twitter leap yet, you can still follow the #ASCA15 hashtag without a Twitter account. Check out Tagboard, a website that allows you to search for a hashtag across multiple social media sites and follow the conversations. I wrote a previous post about using Tagboard for school counseling inspiration. I created a Tagboard that you can view all the social media with the hashtag #ASCA15 here.



Once you find information and resources that you want to keep, you can create a document or use a service like Storify to save your favorite Tweets containing links and resources.

Participate in the #NotAtASCA15 Chat!


While our colleagues are meeting up in person School Counselor PLN Meet Up, those of us who are #NotAtASCA15 will be meeting up virtually at 8pmEST to chat about the #ASCA15 Conference and share what we learned so far from following along online. Dr. Erin Mason (@ecmmason) and I (@sch_counselor) will be moderating the #NotAtASCA15 chat.

You can view a transcript of the #NotAtASCA14 chat from last year that was moderated by Connie Ward (@ConnieMWard). There are lots of great links and resources shared during the #NotAtASCA14 chat!

Attend the ASCA Conference Virtually

If you want to view full sessions and presentations, ASCA has an option to attend the conference virtually for a fee. Virtual attendees are able to have access to all three keynote speakers, specific breakout sessions, and exclusive lunchtime interviews for a registration fee of $199 for ASCA members and $299 for non-members. There is also an option to register for a single day for $99. For more details, visit the ASCA website.

Although this will be my first time following along with the ASCA Conference from home, I can imagine that the flurry of information will be a little overwhelming. Stay tuned after the conference is over because many bloggers will share re-caps of the conference and even school counselors #NotAtASCA will share information that they learned by following from home!

What tips do you have for virtually following the ASCA Conference?

Attending #ASCA15 in real life (IRL), check out my previous post for tips on attending!

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), 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.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tips for Attending Your First ASCA Conference In Real Life (IRL)

Four years ago today I was on my way to my first American School Counselor Association Conference in Seattle, Washington. I had no idea what to expect and I definitely did not realize how this single experience would significantly change my life. I went on to attend the ASCA conference each year since my first time -#ASCA12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, #ASCA13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and #ASCA14 in Orlando, Florida - a total of four times so far. I have so many great memories of from past ASCA Conferences.

This year, I will not be traveling to the ASCA Conference because we are awaiting the birth of our first child. Although I am sad I will not be attending and being around so many amazing school counselors in person, I feel fortunate that we have such a powerful school counseling presence online, via Twitter and other social media sites, that we can connect virtually, even if we are not able to attend the conference.

Below I share some tips for attending your first ASCA Conference in person. I will share another post with tips for following the ASCA Conference online or the first time from home!




Pack for conference time and play time! 


If you are heading to Phoenix I am sure you checked the weather... it is going to be SPICY there... I am talking over 100 degrees each day. Consider the weather when you are choosing outfits that you might wear. I know that regardless of how warm it is outside I am always freezing on the plane. I dress in layers so that when I arrive to my destination I can be dressed for the temperature. I honestly don't know how you prepare for heat of that level, but I am guessing your best bet would be BREATHABLE fabrics that are lightweight and comfy. Bring a mixture of business casual type clothing and whatever you might want to wear if you are planning on exploring the area or going out to dinner. If you are presenting, pack some dressier/professional items for the days you are presenting.


Research Your Destination


One of my favorite bonuses of ASCA Conferences is getting to explore a new city. I looooooved Pike Place Market in Seattle and I went to the original Starbucks! You can plan out what restaurants you might want to attend (this foodie is all about trying new things!), scope out the local night life (Jeremy Goldman is on the lookout for a Karaoke bar in Phoenix if you know of any good ones!) and any attractions you want to see.

Connect, Connect, Connect!

Plan on meeting and being among thousands of pumped up, excited, amazing school counselors! Bring your business cards (or make some before you go!) to hand out and make connections. If you are on social media sites, make sure to include that information on your business card so you can connect even after the conference is over! This introvert gets really amped with meeting new people and then needs some downtime to recover... so if you are like me plan for a break after your marathon connecting sessions! I have had the most fun hanging out with new people and going to dinner with them (I know... food again!). It is fun and interesting to hear others' experiences, especially when they are from different states and work with different populations.

Carol of The Middle School Counselor Blog is hosting a School Counselor PLN Meet Up on Monday, June 29th at 5:15pm in the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Lobby! Visit the link for more details and to sign up!

Download the ASCA Conference App

If you are attending the ASCA Conference, the Conference App is a wealth of information! It is available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play. I recently got an android (Google) phone (GASP!) instead of upgrading to an iPhone 6. So far I have been loving it.... I digress.

Within the Conference App you can create a schedule of the sessions you want to attend. It also provides all the handouts for all the sessions if you are registered for the conference.

A cool feature of the conference app this year is the icon marked "around here" has listings of attractions, food, shopping, etc.


What Tech to Bring?


I usually bring my laptop and iPad with me to the conference. Last year, I brought my MacBook Air with me to all of my sessions. It is lightweight and allows me to have multiple screens open for taking notes and tweeting! I also bring a battery backup like this Jackberry one. You go through a lot of juice on your cellphone and iPads and there usually aren't a lot of outlets. I like to be prepared with a battery backup in case I don't get to charge my technology very often.

I also bring my Kindle Paperwhite to read books on the plane or during downtime. I download books from my local library on Overdrive or purchase through the Kindle store. I also bring my cellphone, of course, which is currently a LG G Stylos (Android phone).


Follow Along on Twitter

While attending the conference you will quickly learn that there is a lot of action happening on Twitter! Attendees live Tweet sessions and share links and information. Following along on Twitter is a great way to find out about resources for your school counseling program.

If you don't have a Twitter account, I highly recommend you sign up for one and get familiar with Twitter before you get to the conference. Dr. Erin Mason, tech savvy counselor educator and Twitter Queen, has created a Twitter One-Tool-At-A-Time session that walks you through everything you need to know about getting started with using Twitter. I included the video below or you can view it here. For even more information about Twitter, you can check out the handout from the session Dr. Mason and I presented at #ASCA14, Professional Development in 140 Characters or Less.



If you are a seasoned Twitter user, you can set up feeds on a Twitter management site such as TweetDeck or HootSuite. You can search for hashtags and create columns to follow. See below for an example of my feeds I set up for #ASCA15 and #notatASCA15.



If you are not ready to take the Twitter leap yet, you can still follow along without an account. Check out Tagboard, a website that allows you to search for a hashtag across multiple social media sites and follow the conversations. I wrote a previous post about using Tagboard for school counseling inspiration. I created a Tagboard that you can view all the social media with the hashtag #ASCA15 here.


Session Recommendations:
I am bummed I am missing some of my favorite school counselors present at the #ASCA15 Conference. Below are some sessions that you don't want to miss!

Monday, June 29th

Technology-Based College and Career Lessons -- 9:00am - 10:00am in 132BC
Rebecca Lallier (blogger at School Counseling by Heart) and Amy Wheeler

The Amazing Data Race: An ASCA National Model Scavenger Hunt -- 1:30pm - 4:30pm in 132BC
Jeremy Goldman (blogger at Pikesville High School Counseling Department)

Tuesday, June 30th

Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling Technology -- 11:15am - 12:30pm in 132BC
Dr. Russell Sabella (www.schoolcounselor.com) and Dr. Madelyn Isaacs

Full STEM Ahead: Supporting STEM Initiatives -- 11:15am - 12:30pm in 124B
Angela Poovey (blogger at Life on the Fly... A School Counselor Blog)

Promote Parental Involvement -- 1:30pm - 2:45pm in 129A
Julia Taylor (www.juliavtaylor.com)

Wednesday, July 1st

Take Your School Counseling Presentations from Blah to Blazing -- 9:00am - 10:15am in 128
Jeffery Ream (blogger at The Counseling Geek), Stephanie Smith, and Paul Smith

Whew! That was a lot... What are your tips first time ASCA Conference attendees?

Below are some of my favorite posts about attending an ASCA Conference.

Are you a blogger? Have you written a post about attending an ASCA Conference? Provide a link to your post in the comment section!

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

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), 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, June 22, 2015

Budget-Friendly Summer Family Fun: Free Spirit Publishing Post

It is officially summer! I hope you are doing things to rest, relax, and rejuvenate! In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing Blog, I share ideas for Budget-Friendly Summer Family Fun


What budget-friendly summer family fun have you had or plan to have this summer?

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!"

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), 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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