Be A Tech Savvy School Counselor
Some helpful hints to get you started
The “Must Try” Tech Tools
- Google Drive
Access and share your files from anywhere
Take notes and sync across devices
Shared files allows you to create an online file cabinet
Your online bulletin board. Get ideas and pin them to a board for later
File sharing for business
Online presentation program
Online presentation program
- Haiku Deck
Online presentation program. Each deck (presentation) is a backdrop of a stunning picture
Online presentation program. Allows multiple presenters to access.
- Poll Everywhere
Engage your audience with polls and voting
- Pow Toon
Create animated video presentations
Create photo slideshows and movies and view videos.
Creates online newsletters and flyers
Video and photo slideshow maker
Online poster creator
The “How To Guide” For Using Twitter
- A Tweet Every update you post to your followers on Twitter is called a tweet. Every tweet has a 140-character limit, and remember: Your tweets are public and searchable by anyone on Twitter, even if they don’t follow you.
- A Chat is a group conversation that typically takes place on a set schedule. There is a partial listing of chats below.
- A Hashtag allows members to follow along a chat or search for topics. Hashtags start with #. There is a listing of hashtags below that are important to #schoolcounselors.
- A DM or "direct message," is a private message between two Twitter users. In order to send a DM, the recipient must follow you. When you reply on Twitter, you’re responding to a particular tweet someone has tagged you in with a @mention.
- @mention When you want to “tag” someone in a tweet or direct message on Twitter, you can do so by mentioning them using their Twitter username (like @tmscounselor). Add this mention in and they’ll get a notification that you’ve done so in the “Mentions” section of their account. Essentially, this is used to have conversations with people on Twitter.
Tweetdeck is an app that will allow you to follow a chat.
Storify is a program that puts together a transcript of a chat.
- Do add a short bio and photo to your account. People want to know who they are talking to.
- Do keep your tweets brief.
- Do remember to post your appreciations of someone's tweet you especially liked or found interesting.
- Do follow those who follow you. This helps to find many interesting tips and articles to read.
- Do use the correct #hashtag when posting an idea, tip, or article others may find helpful.
- Do make a professional account that is separate from your personal account.
- Don't tweet negative comments directed at a specific person.
- Don't confuse your personal and professional accounts.
- Don't tweet about going to the grocery store and seeing Superman. . .unless Superman was holding a sign saying, "All my superpowers are a gift from my School Counselor!"
Influential School Counselors to follow:
#scchat (school counselor chat)
#escchat (elementary school counselor chat)
#sbmhchat (school based mental health chat)
#SCCrowd (School Counselor Crowdsourcing)
#mscchat middle school counselor chat—(no chat—just used for sorting)
#hscchat (high school counselor chat)
#edchat (education chat)
#psychat (school psychologists’ chat--Mondays at 9 EST)
#emchat (enrollment management chat)
Want to stay organized with all the different Twitter chats? Fellow counselor, Traci Brown, has a really great download on her Teachers pay Teachers site. (Don't worry it's free. . .)
Facebook Counseling Groups
- College Admission Counselors
This group is for high school counselors, college admissions professionals, independent counselors, and others of like minds, who deal with helping students plan their futures. This is a closed group - membership requires approval. If there is nothing at all in your visible profile that indicates you have anything to do with college counseling, you will not be approved.
- Caught In The Middle School Counselors
This is a closed group so we can have open discussions by School Counselors, especially those working with Middle Schoolers
- Elementary School Counselor Exchange
A closed group for Elementary School Counselors to have open discussions about their profession.
- High School Counselors’ Network
A place for high school counselors to network, share ideas, ask questions, etc.
- The School Counselor Store
A place for school counselors to share their resources with other school counselors.
- Counselor Book Club FB Group
Counselor Book Club was created as a space for helping professionals to find or share their favorite counseling related books and related activities.
- Play Therapy and Counseling Activities FB Group
A place to share fun and engaging counseling activities!
- MultiSchool Counselor Club
A place where other counselors "get it" when it comes to providing services to multiple buildings.
- NYSSCA - New York State School Counselor Association
NYSSCA is the chartered state chapter of the American School Counselor Association, ASCA. The Mission of the New York State School Counselor Association is to promote excellence in the profession of school counseling in order to enhance the development of all students. We are the primary advocate for School Counselors throughout New York.
- Bilingual Counselors, Social Workers, Therapist, Psychologist.....
This a bilingual page for school counselors, counselors, social workers, therapist, psychologists, and any other mental health professional that may be bilingual and interested in joining a group where we can share ideas, tips, comments, bilingual resources, and sometimes even vent!
Like a page and have information, events, and news sent to your news feed.
- School Counselor Central
- School Counselor Blog
- American School Counselor Association
ASCA Scene is a great way to connect with other counselors, graduate students, and counselor educators and there are a variety of topics and subtopics to choose from.
ASCA Scene https://schoolcounselor.groupsite.com/login