First of all, I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I’ve been trying to add another feature to my blog that’s been giving me tons of problems. I wanted to put an “Upcoming Events” calendar on my blog, which is not all that hard in WordPress as there is a “widget” for this. However, the best way to do this is to link to a Google Calendar. The problem I kept encountering was that I couldn’t get hyperlinks to show up on the Google Calendar, and I thought this was kind of important. For example, if you are new to my blog, and you see that “Global Cardboard Challenge” is an upcoming event, and you have no idea what that is, then it would be nice to be able to click on a link that takes you to that explanation. After playing around with all kinds of options, I finally found two articles that really helped me here and here. Then, instead of using the WordPress widget for Upcoming Events, I used the Text widget, pasting in the embed info for the Agenda view of my Google Calendar. Voila! Thank you, kind Internet people, who post helpful articles that always answer my questions even if I have to dig around for awhile to find them!
Reason #2 that I am pumped is that I got an e-mail from the Global Cardboard Challenge people, and they mentioned they had partnered with Makedo to sell accessories for that great event. I never heard of Makedo, so I wandered on over to their site. And it’s awesome! One of the things they are selling is a bundle for the Challenge that includes “safe-saws” so the kids can cut apart the cardboard themselves. (I was wondering how the logistics of this whole thing would work with just me sitting in a room with a box-cutter trying to follow the directions of 16 kids with different visions.) The package also includes pins, clips, hinges, and all sorts of things. Of course, Makedo is not a vendor for a school district, so I decided to splurge and buy the package on my own. I don’t really need two new pairs of shoes this month, right? (By the way, their customer service is AWESOME! I mistakenly ordered two packages (don’t ask me how), and immediately e-mailed them when I realized I was being charged twice. They promptly responded and refunded the 2nd purchase. Thank you, Kim, at Makedo!)
And the third reason that I am pumped is because I just had my monthly meeting with a few like-minded people who like to exchange ideas and get help with challenges we are facing. I left that meeting completely inspired, and ready to make every single dream happen. If you don’t have a group like this to light your fire on a regular basis, I highly recommend it! Thank you, Group of Like-Minded People, for all of your support!
Terri is a curriculum and tech integration specialist, speaker, and author with a passion for engaging and empowering learners. She delivers engaging professional learning, consultations on a variety of educational needs, and professional articles for various outlets . Find out more about Terri on the About page in the site menu.
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