School Counseling App: Decide Now!

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Decide Now! App - Savvy School CounselorI recently purchased an iPad app that will be a great addition to my school counseling program.  It’s called Decide Now! by Catforce Studio.

The app comes with several preset wheels like:  Where to eat?  Where to travel? and Weekend activities.  When I first purchased it, I immediately started thinking of several ways to use it in my program.  I want to share those ideas with you in this post.

When you prepare to create your wheels, you will touch the settings icon on the bottom right side of the screen.  A box will open and you will touch the + sign to add a new wheel.  Next, you will give your wheel a name.  You can also choose a color scheme for your wheel.  You will see a green circle with a + sign inside for adding each of the labels for your wheel.  It’s pretty simple!

How To Create a Wheel

One of the main ways educators use the app is for choosing a student to call on randomly.  School counselors can use it the same way for classes and/or small groups.  Because there is an unlimited amount of wheels you can make, you could also make one for each of your classes as well if that’s your preference.  But, what other ways can school counselors use this app?

  • Anger Management Strategies:  Use the spinner to discuss the different strategies during small groups or with individual students.
  • Character Education:  Add different character traits to the spinner.  One way you could use it would be to review student’s understanding of the different traits.  Spin the wheel and the student(s) tell what the trait means or how they or someone can use the trait.
  • Bullying:  When discussing different scenarios, students can spin the wheel and give their take from the perspective of the bully, victim or bystander.  How can the bully make a change?  What can the bystander do to make the best choice?  What can the victim do in this specific situation?
  • Careers:  As students are learning about the different career clusters, you can use Decide Me! to assess how much they have learned.  Add different professions to the wheel and have the students decide which cluster the job belongs to.
  • Learning Styles:  This would be great to use in academic groups when discussing the different ways people learn.
  • Feelings Charades:  Add several feelings to the wheel and use the spinner to play feelings charades.

Here are a couple of screen shots of my wheels.

Decide Now! App - Careers - Savvy School Counselor

Decide Now! App - Anger Management - Savvy School Counselor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Decide Now! wheel could also be used for choosing prizes for games.  If you are playing Bingo with a group or class, and you have a selection of prizes, students could spin the wheel to reveal the prize they’ve won.  Additionally, you could add brain breaks to the wheel and use the spinner to choose one when the kids need a mental break during a lesson.

The regular app is just $0.99 and well worth it.  There is a lite version, but it does not include the ability to create your own wheels.

If you would like a chance to win the app for your iPad, please take a moment to enter my giveaway below.  Five will win!!  Unfortunately, I can only gift this app to entrants who use US iTunes.  I have contacted the Catforce Studio about donating codes for a giveaway, but I have not heard back from them yet.  If and when I do, and if I receive any codes, I’ll have another giveaway on my Facebook page.

This giveaway will end on Monday, June 8 at 11:59PM (EST).  I will email the winners on Tuesday, June 9.

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I’d love to hear some of your ideas for using Decide Now!  If you have an idea, please leave a comment.

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Social Skill Builder App Updates and Giveaway

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Social Skill Builder App Giveaway on SavvySchoolCounselor.comLast year, I wrote a review about the Social Skill Builder App.  This app comes in a full version and a lite version.  You can check out my previous post to learn more about what the app offers.  There are new modules included in the “My School Day” section.   When I first posted about the app, there were only four modules.  Now there are ten.  Like before, the newer modules include videos of various school day situations followed by questions for students to answer.

 

Social Skill Builder

Here’s a little about each of the newest modules included since I posted last:

Transition Time demonstrates how students should respond during a transition.  The example used in the module is the end of recess.

Social Skill Builder- Transition

Cubby shows the appropriate way a group of students should use their cubbies along with expected behaviors when several students are at the cubby area at one time.

Social Skill Builder- Cubby

Lunch Time demonstrates how students should find a seat in the cafeteria and table manners.  It also shows the correct way to go through the lunch line.

Social Skill Builder- Lunchtime

Social Skill Builder- Lunchtime

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating shows students’ expected and unexpected behaviors when eating such as chewing with your mouth closed (expected) and wiping your mouth with your hand (unexpected).

Social Skill Builder- Eating

Social Skill Builder- Eating

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Games 1 and Team Games 2 focus on appropriate ways to play, what to do if someone gets hurt and good sportsmanship.

Social Skill Builder- Team Games

I have used the app with my social skills groups, and they have enjoyed using it.  I would love to hear from those of you using Social Skill Builder with your students.  If you have used it, please leave a comment and share how it has worked for your students.

Something that has changed since last year is the price of the app.  If you want to purchase the full version, it is now $19.99.  The Lite version is still $2.99 and allows in-app purchases of additional modules.

Here’s another chance for someone to win a code for the FULL Version of the Social Skills Builder App- a $19.99 Value.  All you need to do is enter this giveaway before 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 21.
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“Who Are You?” Thumball Giveaway

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If  you don’t already have one, the Thumball (Thumb Ball) is a great ice breaker to use in your school counseling program at the beginning of the school year.   It is also great for small groups.  I’ve been using it this week during my visits with my fifth graders.  It’s always neat to hear some of the answers they come up with.  Some answers made me laugh, and others touched my heart.  I mentioned the Thumball in my last post and explained that as students catch the ball, they share an answer for whatever is under their thumbs.  The size of the Thumball is about four inches.

Some of the phrases on the ball include:

  • Three Wishes
  • Happiest Memory
  • Three Yummy Foods
  • Three Gross Foods
  • Favorite TV Show or Movie
  • Best Book or Author
  • Great Vacation Place
  • Funniest Cartoon

During one of my classes this week, several students told about their happiest memories.  One student said his happiest memory was when his football team won the super bowl.  Another said his happiest memory was seeing his dad for the first time in the hospital after his heart attack.  A girl shared about a time before her grandma died when her family washed the car with water guns.  Students sharing their three wishes often included things like having certain electronics devices or owning horses.  One student shared her third wish saying, “I wish my mom and dad were never divorced.” Another student wished he could just see his dad. Even during a simple ice breaker activity, I was able to make note of some of the concerns my fifth graders are having.

So today, I want one of you to have one of these Thumballs.

There will be one winner selected to win this prize.  I will contact the winner by email to request the mailing address where he or she would like the Thumball sent.  I have already ordered it with some other items of mine and will ship it directly to the winner once it arrives.  You may enter this contest by using the Rafflecopter widget below this post.  There are several ways to enter.  You will receive three entries for subscribing for email updates.   Two entries are given for liking Savvy School Counselor on Facebook or pinning this giveaway on Pinterest.  Also, one entry is given for following Savvy School Counselor on Twitter.  

Enter to win before 11:59 P.M. EST on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Thanks for participating!

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Simon’s Hook Giveaway!

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If you’ve read my post Don’t Bite the Hook, you already know that Simon’s Hook by Karen Gedig Burnett is one of my favorites to share with students when it comes to teaching them how to handle being teased.  If you’re not familiar with this great book, check out my previous post to learn more.  It is a great book to add to your school counseling library!

There will be one winner selected to win this prize.  I will contact the winner by email to request the mailing address where he or she would like their new book sent.  I will order it and have it delivered directly to the winner.  You may enter this contest by using the Rafflecopter widget below this post.  There are several ways to enter.  You will receive three entries for subscribing for email updates.   Two entries are given for liking Savvy School Counselor on Facebook or pinning this giveaway on Pinterest.  One entry is given for following Savvy School Counselor on Twitter and one for liking this post on Facebook.  

Enter to win before 11:59 P.M. EST on Sunday, July 8th.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Thanks for participating!

Congratulations to my Savvy Giveaway winner:  Deirdre N.!
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Character Readers and CD Giveaway!

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In a previous post titled Pass the Mic: Singing About Good Character, I wrote about how I really enjoy singing songs about character traits with my Kindergarten friends.  I mentioned that the readers can be purchased separately but that they also come in sets of six.  This giveaway is for one set of six character readers which will include one CD.  The CD has three versions of each song. There is the regular singing version, an instrumental version, and a read aloud version.  All six songs in this set align with the traits I teach in my school counseling program.

This great resource will include a CD and one of each of the following books:

Dare to Have Courage- Courage

Would It Be Right?- Good Judgment

Telling the Truth- Integrity

Never Give Up- Perseverance

Following the Rules- Respect

Think Before You Act- Self-Discipline

There will be one winner selected to win this prize.  I will contact the winner by email to request the mailing address where he or she would like the CD and readers sent.  I will order and have it delivered directly from Creative Teaching Press.  You may enter this contest by using the Rafflecopter widget below this post.  There are several ways to enter.  You will receive three entries for subscribing for email updates.   Two entries are given for liking Savvy School Counselor on Facebook, tweeting about the giveaway, or pinning this giveaway on Pinterest.  One entry is given for following Savvy School Counselor on Twitter and one for liking this post on Facebook.  Tweeting about the contest can earn two new entires everyday, so be sure to come back for additional entries!

Be sure to enter to win before 11:59 P.M. EST on Friday, June 15th. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Thanks for participating!

Congratulations to Giveaway Winner Nola W.!
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