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How Many Students In Your Classroom Are Affected?

April23
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The face of a hero, the heart of HCM. Zak, 10, is waiting for a new heart now.

Three upcoming heart transplants in this family!  I’m just sitting here thinking about this and it really makes my head and my heart spin.  I truly wish that we could bring about awareness of hypertrophy cardiomyopathy (HCM) through the sharing of our family story.  Imagine the lives that could be saved because someone learned about this and got that priceless checkup that brought about awareness before it was too late.

Yes, it is so difficult but we are so very blessed that we know about this disease before it took the lives of these precious boys and their dad.  Because we know, we can minimize risk.  This disease is different for everybody for us, it is malignant and aggressive.  If our story could make a difference to someone, even one person, who might have a fighting chance because they know, it would mean the world to each and every one of us.

I am a teacher, Zak’s Mom is a teacher, Zak’s aunt is a teacher….think about it…1 in 500 people have this.  If you are an educator, how many students does that mean are in your school who have this disease and probably have no idea?  We have to get this word out…to inform…to share….

Learn more about Zak and his family by following him at www.facebook.com/aheartforzak or www.cotaforzakm.com.

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MyWeb4Ed » Blog Archive » Warning: Educators – Beware of Symbaloo’s Twists and Turns

April23

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Carol Mortensen‘s insight:

Please allow me to tell my sad story with Symbaloo!  As you all know, I was passionate about them and I poured hours upon hours into developing educational webmixes on specific content.  I was with them through their growing pains and there were many.  I remember when they first had a Pro account and I was the first one to purchase one.  It was a nightmare and my webmixes were separated, mixed, and put under a different name.  At the time, Daniella who worked with them, kept trying to help me with the large amount of problems it caused.  I was using it so frequently and with large groups of people, the situation was nightmarish.  The problem was that they were a company who had no real understanding of the education world and their role in it.  They needed educators for that purpose and I was glad to help.   If only I had a crystal ball to see the future….Click to read more!


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Warning: Educators – Beware of Symbaloo’s Twists and Turns

April23

Fellow Educators,

Please allow me to tell my sad story with Symbaloo!  As you all know, I was passionate about them and I poured hours upon hours into developing educational webmixes on specific content.  I was with them through their growing pains and there were many.  I remember when they first had a Pro account and I was the first one to purchase one.  It was a nightmare and my webmixes were separated, mixed, and put under a different name.  At the time, Daniella who worked with them, kept trying to help me with the large amount of problems it caused.  I was using it so frequently and with large groups of people, the situation was nightmarish.  The problem was that they were a company who had no real understanding of the education world and their role in it.  They needed educators for that purpose and I was glad to help.   If only I had a crystal ball to see the future.

This screenshot was taken on 4/22/14 at 6:56 pm CST from the Symbaloo Website.

This screenshot was taken on 4/22/14 at 6:56 pm CST from the Symbaloo Website.

She felt bad so she ended up refunding my money but leaving my account active.  It never worked correctly.  However, I kept working with them. I took their courses and became a “PD Pro.”  Symbaloo used my name and my frequent blogs and the many webmixes I created providing strong content to further their program.  There were no “PD Pro” status “rules” then.  However, somewhere along the line, I guess, they decided that they had the right to demand ongoing work from the people who were kind enough to learn their program to share it (and pay for that right).

So, one day my PD Pro account was locked.  I had continued to provide professional development continuously but having no clue that I had to WORK for Symbaloo and report to them, a rule they apparently came up with but didn’t notify anyone of until after they locked accounts, I didn’t report my work.  Anyone that knows me, know that I shared and shared and shared Symbaloo, even up until a few months ago.

So, bottom line is this….Symbaloo basically worked with me long enough to get a huge amount of webmixes that they still to this day have published at myweb4ed.symbaloo.com.  My personal webmixes are all present, as well.  Those are the ones that were separated with the fiasco of my first becoming a Symbaloo “Pro” user at my own cost.  They have now removed my access to those webmixes, the webmixes that I created, published, and shared with others for the benefit of children and helping Symbaloo, as well.

To be fair, there was a period of 6 months when I did not provide professional development when my grandson (age 10) was listed for a heart transplant and his father, whom we care for, received an LVAD to keep him alive until he could be listed for a heart transplant.  Symbaloo knew this was the situation but didn’t much care.

I am beyond frustrated and feel as if has taken something from me that was the result of my work and my work only.

Seriously, folks, it’s a great idea but they do not understand education and they have no qualms about taking your money for certifications and Pro accounts and then locking you out so you can’t access it by creating some arbitrary and ridiculous rules AFTER they have received your funds!

There’s a word for that…theft.  MyWeb4Ed recommends finding another choice.

 

 

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See The Hypnotic Winners Of The Saatchi Gallery’s Big GIF Contest

April22

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The Saatchi Gallery recognizes artistic achievement in the Graphics Interchange Format.


Carol Mortensen‘s insight:

Definitely worth looking at!  Beautiful pictures!


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Square Image Generator

April16

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Carol Mortensen‘s insight:

If you need to square an image for Instagram, this will do it without losing any text or areas of your photo!  Fast, too!


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Skloog – About

April13

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Carol Mortensen‘s insight:

Skloog is like Symbaloo but I like it better.  Check it out, you may find it really helps with bookmark organization.  And, don’t forget to download the easy tools to make bookmarking a breeze and make it your home page!  :) Convenience is a good thing!


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powerpoint presentations free to download

April10

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Powerpoint presentations free to download. Powerpoint presentations on a huge number of topics. Suitable for learning from or teaching with. Subject areas include astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, english, maths, history, geography, spanish, french, german and others.


Carol Mortensen‘s insight:

Awesome!!!!!!!


See on www.worldofteaching.com

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ReadingPack Organizes Articles to Read, Helps You Discover New Ones

April10

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Android/Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari/Web: Services like Pocket and Instapaper are great for saving articles to read later, but they’re not always good at finding new and interesting stories around the web.
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The Three Key Steps to Creativity: Copy, Transform, and Combine

April10

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In an information economy, originality and creativity are all-important skills. They’re also some of the most misunderstood ideas.
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28 Gorgeous Ways To Redesign Your Computer Desktop

April9

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Icon overload begone.


Carol Mortensen‘s insight:

Organizing your desktop is a great way to organize your life!  But, why not do it in a way that is awesome to look at, too?  Check out these great ideas for desktop organization!!!


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