Welcome New Year

What Are You Thankful For?

Of course I’m thankful for my family, friends, health, and spectacular social work job!   But….I’m really thankful for the people that take time to read my blog and are part of my Personal Learning Network.

8 Best Practices for Sending Text Messages for Therapists

This could be a long and very tedious article. It could be. After all, any communication sent via text message (also called “SMS” or short message service) may fall under a whole slew of rules and regulations, depending on the context of the message. In the U.S., there’s the TCPA (or Telephone Consumer Protection Act),…

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How social media has helped families,socialworkers and government in discerning information during calamities?

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Ice Breakers For The New School Year

Icebreaker activities are a great way to get kids talking about themselves and connecting with their classmates. The Free Spirit Advisory Board is here to share their tried-and-true activities to break the ice and help kids feel excited for the new school year. “Working with preschoolers—they are very visual and like to touch things. In […]

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Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators – Get your Free Copy! #swtech

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators. This toolkit provides Field and other Social Work Educators with tools and resources to help social work students and field instructors assess, develop, and maintain an online identity for professional purposes. There are two parts to the toolkit…

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Ready, Set, Go! ISTE Is Coming To Chicago!

Want to learn tech skills?  Don’t miss this conference.

I’ve had the chance to experience a tech conference before and it is absolutely mind blowing.  If you want to learn tech skills, this conference is the place to be.  Next year ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) will be in Chicago, and it will be easy to access for the folks in the Midwest.   There are tons of workshops, exhibitors, and opportunities to meet many of the tech guru’s from your favorite blogs, and twitter handles.  Don’t miss out!


Chicago — June 24–27, 2018 McCormick Place

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ISTE 2018


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End of School? Say goodbye with these creative tech tools

Many ways to say goodbye

The end of the school year is here, and everyone is shedding a tear.  Well maybe not everyone.  The end of the school year brings out many emotions for the students clinicians work with.  Students and teachers are anticipating the long-awaited summer break.  Many school staff have end of the year lessons and activities to assist the students with remembering their school year.  Although this isn’t an exhausted list, these are a few tools you can use with your students, to make a lasting impression.  Have some fun!

Auto Draw 

I Love this web-based tool.  It is very easy to use and has a quick learning curve.  It can be used on a I pad or tablet.  When used on a tablet, you can use a stylus to help with drawing of lines and objects.   This tool is like word predictor for texting but it predicts what you are trying to draw.  As you sketch out a picture you would like to use in your drawing,  this tool tries to give you choices (in a tool bar above your drawing), that may be similar to what you are trying to draw.   Draw a circle and petals, the predictor gives you ideas like tulips, roses, tree etc..  If you like the suggestions given, just click it and it is inserted in your picture frame.  

This tool gives you additional options of giving the lines color, filling the  inside of the picture with color.  You can add text, make shapes, rotate your drawing or move the object/drawing to different places on your frame.  You can also share your art design in a variety of ways, such as download it as a png file to print, or upload it to a social media site, or create a link to your drawing .  

This tool can be used with your students to be creative and make a quote, drawing or scene that relates to the ending of the school year.  Students can get very creative with these drawings they make and the best part is you can print the designs for the students to share or post them on your web site to share.  The creative possibilities are endless.

The Newspaper Clipping Generator

Make a newspaper clipping with your own headline and story.  Students can be creative and write about a specific school incident that they will remember, or write something funny about themselves and a friend.  

To download the newspaper, use the link at the bottom of the generated image.  The students can use the images as they wish.  You can put them on your own website or blog or print them out and make a class year book with articles.  Great creative idea.

Fake Text Generator 

Have fun with discussing a funny event that happened in the school year.  Students can work together to recreate an event and text about it.  Students can make “remember the time texts,” or create funny statements or conversations that may have happened.  

The website lets you fit between 35 and 50 words on one screen (a conversation between 2 different people). Then, you can take a screen shot of the conversation or right-click to save the picture as a jpeg.  There is a feature to print the page also.  Lots of fun here. There are a lot of ads on the page that say start download, so be careful not to use these ads.  The download button is in green and doesn’t have an ad logo in the right bottom of the ad.  

Breaking News Generator

With this tool, you can create a fake headline.  Upload a funny or expressive photo or a recreated class event and add your own new channel name, description, date and place.  This can also be downloaded to print and place in a class album or added to a class website.  

Keep Calm and Carry On themed posters

Great site that allows students to create posters that relate to saying goodbye.  There is also a quote maker and meme generator on this site.  You can download the images or share them to google sites or other social media.  

This site also allows these images to be used, so that you can purchase the quotes, and add them on t-shirts and other fantastic products.  You do not have to use these features to use the site.  

Have fun with these tools, and have a happy summer break!

Please comment on how you will use these tools.  Thanks





I’m Flipping for the Flipp App For Financial Literacy

Flipp app blog

Before I begin to tell you how great this app is, I must state that I have not been compensated in any way to endorse this app.  I just really think its a well done app that incorporates. a lot of great features.

Besides this app being great for the bargain shopper, with all its bells and whistles, I can think of a number of ways that it can be used for teaching students how to budget, learn percentage increase and decrease, implementing math concepts, rounding and estimation and money management.  Take a look at the features of Flipp.

If your school has access to the internet or use tablets or chrome books, the app can be downloaded for free to use.  When you log into your google account and go to the home page for flipp,  https://app.flipp.com/  you will be able to go to weekly ads on your device and use the features on the computer.  I’m quite sure there are many teaching ideas that can be developed with this app.  Beside being helpful to the adult shopper, you can begin to teach younger students a little financial literacy.

Social Worker Month: 10 Reasons for Social Workers to Stand Up

As some of you know, March is National Social Work month; it was officially recognized as such by the White House in 1984. Since 1984, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has been selecting a different topic to focus on each year. This year, NASW is promoting the theme: “Social Workers Stand Up,” as a way for social workers to take pride in their profession, and help inform others about what social work is all about. To that end, I asked 25 social workers what they love most about their work. They were limited to responses of 100 words or less. In 25 Social Workers Share Why They Love Social Work!, professionals’ responses and the different aspects of work they mentioned were categorized to give ‘big picture’ results. This, in turn, illustrated that social workers love the field because they view it as providing them with: job/career versatility, ability to heal/problem solve, opportunities to work with and train inspiring colleagues, and prospects to make the world a

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