Can you help Save Teens from Lame Jobs?

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How do you encourage high school students to take the ACT WorkKeys® assessment seriously? The marketing team at The Orchard Foundation decided that a hero could best capture the attention of busy and distracted high school students. The Jobinator, a caped superhero who, “By day, saves teenagers from lame jobs. By night, predicts the future, namely which jobs will be the hottest,” soon came to the rescue.

To date, this initiative has helped Central Louisiana residents earn over 18,474 National Career Readiness Certificates™. The Orchard Foundation also provides ACT Career Ready 101® courses to prepare students to take the ACT WorkKeys assessments and is presently working to implement the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative in nine parishes in central Louisiana. Learn more here.

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6 ways Students can use Evernote

This is a re-blog from the Evernote blog, you can find the original article here: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/217961187

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Evernote is a great tool for students. Whether you’re pursuing a BS in robotics or a PhD in anthropology, Evernote makes it easy to organize all your coursework and assignments so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.And, for a limited time, eligible students can get 75% off Evernote Premium.

 

1. Organize class notes into notebooks

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Use Evernote as a digital binder where you can save all your coursework, school info, schedules, and anything else you collect throughout the school term. Start by creating a notebook structure to keep similar notes together. Create separate notebooks for each class. Keep notes from all your class lectures, labs, and group projects in the same notebook.

 

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PRO TIP

Multiple notebooks can be grouped together into notebook stacks for extra organization. Create one stack for each school term and add individual course notebooks to it.

 

2. Scan and search handwritten notes

Using your phone as a scanner

Use the Evernote camera on your phone to snap photos of whiteboards and handouts.

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Evernote runs images through a character-recognition process that makes handwritten words searchable.

 

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PRO TIP

Use the pen tool to handwrite or draw directly into Evernote on your phone or tablet. Use the color and highlighter options for emphasis or enhancements.

 

3. Record lectures and talks

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Recording a lecture

Make sure you don’t miss any important points. Where permitted, use Evernote on your phone or laptop to make audio recordings of lectures or group discussions to complement your text notes.

 

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PRO TIP

Increase your retention by setting reminders to review class notes later.

 

4. Draw and write on PDFs

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Annotating a PDF

Evernote gives you simple tools to add notes to PDFs. Highlight important sections of your syllabus and assignment sheets. Add text, arrows, and other shapes to draw attention to what’s important in your reading.

 

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PRO TIP

Use the Evernote camera on your mobile device to scan course outlines, handouts, and other paper documents as PDFs. On your computer, save PDFs and Office docs into Evernote right alongside related class notes.

 

SAMPLE NOTE: View annotated Course Syllabus PDF sample note

 

5. Manage assignments with to-do lists and reminders

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Class assignments, project deliverables, study group meeting times—jot them all down in Evernote. Access your lists on or off campus from any device where you have Evernote.

 

PRO TIP

Share lists with others working on a group project with you. Give everyone edit permissions so they can check off their own completed tasks on a shared list.

 

SAMPLE NOTE: View sample checklists note

 

6. Keep campus event and student life info in one place

Save web pages from your browser to Evernote

Save entire web pages into Evernote using Web Clipper. Keep screenshots, images, and important information from your online student portal in Evernote, alongside other related notes. Save online campus info, class info, and club info as notes. Keep event calendars, library hours, weekly dining menus, and emergency evacuation locations in Evernote.

 

PRO TIP

Enable offline notebook access so notes you reference regularly are available to you even when you’re without an internet connection.

This post first appeared on the Evernote website at: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/217961187

FREE Webinar to Help ALL Students and Educators realize the value of WorkKeys and the NCRC

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This webinar shares practical strategies for helping deepen students, parents, and educators realize the real value and potential of WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate. The session includes information on student and educator resources to prepare for the WorkKeys assessments, soft skills enhancement, and re-taking the WorkKeys assessments to earn or upgrade a student’s NCRC. Additionally, information on South Carolina’s, best in the nation, Work Ready Communities Initiative is included:

Webinar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByqnY6nRHKi1d0JHSl9LcDV3XzQ/view?usp=sharing

PowerPoint: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByqnY6nRHKi1dWYtV3pLcXpkTXM/view?usp=sharing

4 Reasons You Should Use Google Voice Now!

Recently my company decided to do away with company owned cell phones and provide a stipend instead.  For some of my colleagues this meant that they could quit carrying two cell phones and this was great news.

However, some of my colleagues saw a new dilemma:

1) “Do I continue to carry two cell phones?”  One for personal use and one for business.

-OR-

2) “Do I carry one cell phone and give out my cell number for both personal and business calls?”

Fortunately, Google Voice gives us a much better third option:

3) Carry one phone with two numbers; one number for personal use and one for business.

Here are five reasons you should be using Google Voice now:

  1. You only need to carry one cell phone!  You can use you cell phone’s number for personal calls and your Goggle Voice number for business calls or vice versa.  Both numbers can be easily set up to ring on the same phone, but you will always know which number the caller is attempting to reach.
  2. You can’t beat the price!  Google Voice is a FREE service if you have a Google account for calls and text messages inside the United States.
  3. Set up is quick and easy!  There are many how-to articles and videos on how to get started.    The video below gives you a great overview of Google Voice:

    Here are a few other good articles and videos to get started: How to Use Google Voice on Your iPhone or Android SmartphoneGoogle Voice: The ultimate how-to guide, and Google Voice Tutorial.

  4. Visual Voicemail!  I hate listening to and playing back audio voice messages, it’s time consuming, I often miss something (like when some one says their number way too fast and it’s not the number they are calling from) and I have to re-play the message multiple times.  Google Voice uses Google’s speech-to-text technology to transcribe your voicemail, converting the voice message into a readable text. If Google Voice messes up the transcription (and it does sometimes make mistakes) or you prefer to hear the original message, you can also listen to the audio recording just like a traditional voicemail.google-voice-voicemail

Try it today!  It’s easy!
https://www.google.com/voice

Six School Counselor Technology Protocols Infographic

This infographic includes several technology best practices for School Counselors, but many of these could apply to all professions…

Enjoy!

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For more ideas on improving your use of technology in your school, please see: www.futurereadynow.com/workshops/.

Have a great day!

8 Tips to Master a More Paperless Life With Evernote

The original version of this article was  posted by Taylor Pipes on 22 Apr 2015 online.

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When the first Earth Day was proposed at the suggestion of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, paper was the primary means of communication and conveyance. Many things have changed since then, but today we still rely on paper tremendously to get things done. Sometimes, perhaps too much.In the spirit of Earth Day, here are 8 tactics to help you manage and minimize the paper in your life.

Before you get started, make sure Evernote is available where your documents are. Install Evernote for your mobile device or tablet. >>

If you’re using an iOS device, Scannable is the quickest way to auto-magically capture documents into Evernote. It’s super fast, and a beautiful way to archive your content. Download Scannable >>

1. Configure your workflow.
Before you begin, it’s helpful to ask yourself a few questions about your paper-based documents and decide what you can do with them. This chart is a great place to start:

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2. Don’t stress it, scan it

Scanning doesn’t destroy documents, it allows you to preserve them for generations to come. This is why we’ve built our products to work with paper as elegantly as possible.

We recommend Scannable and the ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner. Scannable turns any iPhone or iPad into a mobile scanner, capturing the paper in your life quickly and beautifully. It connects to the ScanSnap Evernote Edition to let anyone in the home or office use it for any stack of paper. Use them together to collect everything from instruction manuals, the kids’ homework, and bank statements to work documents and meetings notes.

3. Manage business cards like a pro

At any gathering or conference, business cards only get out of hand if you let them. Mitigate the likelihood of losing received cards, or misplacing your own, by picking a pocket for one and a compartment for the other. Evernote Scannable is a perfect app for these moments, allowing you to scan a card in seconds.

4. Collect your digital files

In addition to paper documents, your company likely has digital documents and files scattered across a plethora of personal computers and shared drives. Collect them in Evernote so everyone can find the files they need and collaborate with the team.

You don’t necessarily want or need to move every file into Evernote. Instead, think of the files and identify documents that are regularly shared among the team, or ones that multiple people could benefit from accessing.

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Evernote Tip: Good candidates for files you may want to move into Evernote are ones related to specific projects, company policies, product reference information, and sales tools.

Scanning all your documents is just one aspect of your paperless future. There are tons of documents, both physical and electronic, that you can add to Evernote. Perhaps you don’t need to scan them all, but visualize what you need and evaluate your options against your personality type with a diagram like this:

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5. Own paperless productivity with Pocket + Evernote

With Pocket, you can grab links, images, and videos and save them for later. Pocket also removes the clutter from the articles and presents them in an easy-to read format. Lots of applications integrate with Pocket, making it easy to send articles and other items. Best of all, you can send items from Pocket to Evernote.

That process looks just like this sketch. Learn more >>

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6. Automate Evernote

Start working smarter by letting Evernote do the work for you. For author Jamie Todd Rubin, there are a few tricks to use to get content automated into Evernote.
* A record of all Tweets on Twitter (via RSS and IFTTT)
* A record of all of my Foursquare check-ins (via IFTTT)
* The daily weather (via IFTTT)
* The fiction I wrote on any given day (via Google App Script)
* A daily “almanac” that summaries various metrics (like how much I wrote and how much I walked) (via Google App Script)
* My blog posts (via RSS and IFTTT)
* Meeting minutes for the meetings that I attend

7. Template to the madness

Between meeting agendas, minutes and printed slide decks, each meeting can leave you with quite a stack of paper to deal with.Evernote Business can help you and your team eliminate most of your meeting-related paper. Since meetings tend to revolve around standard document types, use Evernote Business to create templates for these notes. They’ll give your team a pre-formatted structure to save them time.

8. Paperless meetings

Printing slide decks, key documents, or Web pages with important research wastes time and paper. As you’re getting ready for a meeting, attach presentation files and documents directly to your meeting agenda note, and the team members you’ve shared that note with will automatically get access to those files. Clip important Internet research using the Web Clipper, share those notes with your team as well.

FREE: MS Outlook app for iOS and Android!

If you like Outlook on your desktop or laptop computer, you have probably found the stock email and calendar programs for iOS and Android somewhat lacking.

Recently, Microsoft purchased a great little app maker called Acompli (www.acompli.com/) and converted it into the mobile version of Outlook. I think it works extremely well and I would suggest that you try it out. It’s is easy to use and best of all it’s FREE!

                     

This is also the first calendar app that I have found to be reliable for adding or accepting meetings on my cell phone.  While many calendar apps will allow you add and edits calendar entries on your phone, most fall short when it comes to having the app sync up with your desktop calendar (2-way syncing), Microsoft seems to have solved this problem.

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You can learn more about Outlook for iOS and Android at: [cryout-button-dark url=”#”]A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android[/cryout-button-dark].

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You can download Outlook for iOS for FREE at:  [cryout-button-light url=”#”]Outlook for iOS[/cryout-button-light] and a preview of [cryout-button-color url=”#” color=”#47AFFF”]Outlook for Android[/cryout-button-color].

Great FREE Resource for Inspirational Quotes and Posters

Michael Werner, just like me, is addicted to educational quotes.   Unlike me, Mr. Werner turned his addiction into a fun, free website called “BEST TEACHER QUOTES” where educators can print FREE mini-posters of teacher-related quotes.

Clearly, I think that this concept is great for School Counselors.  The walls in my office are frequently plastered with quotes that I find inspirational and I devoted a whole page on this site to my ever-growing list of favorite quotes: www.futurereadynow.com/great-quotes.

Why?  Because we all can use a little extra inspiration from time to time.  I always believed that part of my job as a School Counselor was to help motivate my students and parents to make good decisions.  I also have long believed that quotes can be a powerful tool to help us, our students, and the parents we serve to remember why we do what we do and how we can do it better!

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Finally, if you decide to subscribe, for free, to BestTeacherQuotes.com you will be notified every time a new mini-poster is added (about once a week) and you can downlaod a free copy of the PDF ebook, 57 Inspirational Teacher Quotes as an incentive to subscribe.

So, if you or your students are looking for a little free inspiration or advice check it out!

5+ Ways to Refresh your IGP Conferences

Please note: This post first appeared on March 9, 2014; I updated some of the resource links and resource names on November 13, 2014.

I have been talking a lot recently with School Counselors and Career Specialists around South Carolina about their Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) Conferences.  It is clear to me that there are many very talented and passionate educators who are flirting with both burnout and boredom due to the “sameness” and repetition of these conferences.

I believe that burnout and boredom could threaten one of the most powerful tools School Counselors and Career Specialists have to make a difference in the lives of their students. After doing some brainstorming recently with School Counselors and Career Specialists in Lexington School District #1 and Spartanburg School District #1, I came away with the following strategies to help prevent burnout and boredom while providing the best possible IGP experience possible for the students, their families, and educators:

1) Eliminate as many of the redundant conversation items as possible.  Items such as attendance policies, graduation requirements, and where to find certain resources are items that could be provided in a video format prior to the IGP Conference.  Here is a great example from Gilbert High School: 10th IGP Presentation.

2) Personalize the IGP Process with Data.  Conduct a “pre-IGP” Survey with the student (and possibly family) to determine the top 3-5 items/issues that the student/family want to discuss during the IGP Conference.  Google Forms would be a quick and easy way to collect this data: How to Create a Google form.

3) Infuse Technology and/or Social Media. Consider creating an app (Yapp is an easy to use FREE app builder) and sending reminders to your students and families via Text (check out Remind), Twitter and Facebook.  The best IGP conferences involve the student’s family.

4) Eliminate Non-Counselor Duties. If you cannot delegate IGP Conference to a clerical staff member (and even if you can do a hand off to a clerical staff member) you might want to consider a move to online scheduling and email reminders to improve efficiency and family involvement.  To offer online IGP Conference scheduling, check out: Doodle.com and Sign Up Genuis.

5) Go Virtual.  If your students and/or parents, can’t come to you; go to them virtually! Taking time off of work, finding parking at the school, and getting back to work can be difficult for many parents.  Perhaps you have a student that is homebound?  WebEx and GoToMeeting offer great, easy to use virtual meeting solutions that are desktop computer and mobile-friendly (Smart Phones and Tablet Devices).  Take one of these tools for a test-drive by conducting a virtual team meeting or a virtual-PLC (Professional Learning Community) meeting!

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Your IGP Conferences are too important to let them get stale (for yourself, your students, and your families)!

What are you waiting for?  Try something new!  You will be glad you did!

If you have other IGP improvement ideas that are working for you, please share them here by leaving a comment.

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