3 Cool Virtual Tools for Counseling Lessons

As I navigate this virtual school world, I’m constantly trying to find fun tools that will help to make my lessons more engaging and interactive for all of my students! I don’t want them to just have to stare at me for the duration, and I like for them to be able to edit, contribute, and engage along the way! Keep reading to some of my favorite tools for virtual counseling lessons!

Virtual Counseling Lessons: 3 Awesome Tools to Use

1 – Kindle Unlimited

By far one of my favorite tools for virtual counseling lessons is Kindle Unlimited! There are so many books included in the program that are perfect for counseling. Using either the Kindle Cloud Reader on my laptop browser or the Kindle app on my iPad, I can easily share my screen to read books virtually to students. Because they are ebooks, students are better able to see the images, and while we’re on Zoom, they can see the book and my face!

Looking for cool tools to make your virtual counseling lessons fun and engaging for your students? You'll love these 3 digital tools.

These are some of my favorite titles on Kindle Unlimited:

Looking for cool tools to make your virtual counseling lessons fun and engaging for your students? You'll love these 3 digital tools.

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2 – Menti

Menti is a really cool tool for encouraging student engagement during your virtual counseling lessons. You can do polls, Q&As, open responses, and more. Students just have to go to menti.com and enter a numerical code to respond to your prompt. One of my favorite tools is the word cloud. Students can respond to a given prompt, and menti will create a word cloud with their responses. Responses that occur most often will appear larger in the world cloud, so it’s a cool way to see what people have in common!

I’ve used this in a couple of ways. First, I’ve used it in my “meet the counselor lesson.” I have students respond with what the counselor does. This gives me good insight into what they already know about my role and where I need to clarify! Recently, I used it with my 6th graders to do a “one word story” activity after reading The Day You Begin. Students shared up to 10 single words that describe who they are or their story, and then we talked about trends and unique roles. It was a cool way to see what we have in common and what makes us totally unique!

Looking for cool tools to make your virtual counseling lessons fun and engaging for your students? You'll love these 3 digital tools.

3 – Digital Dice

I like to use “roll and respond” activities in small groups, and using digital dice has allowed me to do this in the virtual setting too! Last week, I did a get to know you activity with 5th grade, and I used these virtual dice to simulate a roll for each student. It was a fun way to get to know each other! I was able to share my desktop screen via Zoom so that students could see both the prompts and the dice.

Looking for cool tools to make your virtual counseling lessons fun and engaging for your students? You'll love these 3 digital tools.

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What are your favorite tools for virtual counseling lessons?

Leave them in the comments below so we can share ideas!

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Looking for cool tools to make your virtual counseling lessons fun and engaging for your students? You'll love these 3 digital tools.
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4 thoughts on “3 Cool Virtual Tools for Counseling Lessons

  1. So when you use Mentimeter, do you have the kids open another tab to respond? How did you walk them thru that? Thinking of trying it with 5th and 6th graders, but a little unsure as to how it might actually work. Anyway, thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Hi Counselor Keri. I love your resources that I get emailed regularly via your newsletters. Do you know if there is a way to use the “Roll A Dice” without having to change your Default Web Browser to Web Navigator? The download for Roll A Dice says it will do that after you click on the “Start” button. I currently use Google Chrome as directed to use from my employer and do not want to change my web browser. Thank you for your help.

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