Updated: August 14, 2023
The Nature of the Blog
This website www.stevewyborney.com is a personal math education blog that primarily features resources and instructional strategies for teachers to use in classrooms. The blog also details my personal journey as an educator and provides links to resources which I deem to be valuable to other educators. The blog also details my own evolving growth process, so the nature of the resources I share and recommend evolves as I grow in my own learning journey as an educator.
The intended audience of the blog is professional educators. While many of the resources are intended specifically for math educators, there are also materials that are suitable for educators of any subject area.
What Data Do I Collect
The primary data that is collected through this site is email addresses from readers who directly and voluntarily enter their own email address. Typically, email addresses are provided to me by users who wish to access and be notified about current or future resources from my blog and/or to be notified of upcoming blog posts, resources, communications, or opportunities that are highly related to the nature of the blog. The lawful basis for collecting this information is legitimate interest (namely, to grow this business).
What if Blog Readers Do Not Provide Their Email Address
The blog is available to all readers. Providing an email address is not necessary to viewing the blog. While having an email address from readers is helpful (for example, it allows me to notify readers of updates, corrections, new resources, follow-up instructional strategies or upcoming opportunities), it is not necessary. For readers who do not provide an email address, I have no record of their personal data, specifically their email address.
Accessing Resources from the Blog Without Subscribing
Readers who would like to access materials which are freely available on the blog, but do not wish to join the mailing list, are entirely free to download those materials without subscribing to the blog. Links to the materials are available throughout the blog so readers can freely download materials for use in their classrooms.
Additionally, readers who do not want to subscribe, but instead request materials to be sent directly to them have their requests honored as well as I am able to reasonably do so.
Please note, since I am working in schools all throughout the day, it may be several days before I am able to respond to direct requests for materials, and it is often more efficient to use the direct download links to access the materials.
Blog Readers Who Provide Email Addresses
Blog readers who entrust me with their email addresses so that I can communicate them should know that I keep their email address with utmost respect and in confidence and only use those addresses to notify them of updates, blog posts, corrections, resources, or opportunities (such as classes) that are related to the nature of the blog. I do use third-party software, as described below, to efficiently process email addresses and to send email messages.
Why Do I Collect Email Addresses and What Do I Do With That Data
I collect email addresses so that I can occasionally notify blog readers through email of blog posts, resources, or other updates or opportunities that are related to the nature of the blog. The email addresses which are provided to me are used to directly communicate with the blog subscribers who provided their own email addresses. I do use two services to help me gather, process, categorize, and store email addresses and to send email messages to blog readers. These are detailed in the next paragraphs.
How Do I collect Email Addresses and How Do I Keep Them Safe
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Lawful Basis for Collecting Email Addresses
To be clear, the Lawful Basis for collecting email addresses is legitimate interest (namely, to grow this business).
What Data Can I Access Through an Email Service Provider
Through the use of an email service provider I can see how many and which subscribers open email messages or click on links within those messages. This is particularly useful since email service providers typically charge blog owners such as myself a fee based on the number of subscribers. In general, the more subscribers, the greater the fee I pay to communicate with my contact list about new resources that I’m making available to them.
By accessing information about email addresses that are not opening messages, I can periodically unsubscribe those readers who are either not receiving or are not reading the email messages. Particularly in the field of education, where educators move from one school district to another and leave behind unused email addresses, it helps to be able to know which email addresses are either not receiving or are not opening email messages so that I can reasonably assume that those email addresses are no longer active and can periodically unsubscribe the email addresses which reasonably appear to no longer be active.
What if Subscribers Wish to Opt Out and No Longer Receive Email Messages
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Other Tools Used on the Blog
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