Teaching Resources and EdCamp London

Teaching Resources

As teachers continue to share links in all 3 topic areas within Cube for Teachers, we’d like to highlight a few neat resources recently added in our third topic area: “Other Teaching Resources”.

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints
This blog from TeachThought highlights ways that students should manage their digital footprints.

20 Ways to Provide Effective Feedback to Your Students
Within this blog you will find 20 ideas and techniques on how to give effective learning feedback that will leave your students with the feeling they can conquer the world.

63 Things Every Student Should Know In a Digital World
In order to prepare our students for tomorrow, Terry Heick identifies 63 key points and has organized them into 13 main categories.

20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher
As a teacher; you lesson plan, constantly assess, network, collaborate, differentiate, use technology, and inspire thinking and so much more. Besides test scores, you are making a difference in so many ways. Check out this blog for some alternative measures where you are making a difference.

Latest News: EdCamps

Have you ever attended an EdCamp? We at Cube for Teachers highly recommend it.

EdCamp London – April 12th

“Often called an “unconference” EdCamps are gaining in popularity as a method of professional learning that is participant driven. There are no keynotes, no planned sessions and no cost. Each EdCamp is as different as its participants. Sessions are created in the morning based on the needs of the participants. EdCamp is about people who love education hanging out with people who love education. So if deep, impassioned conversation about education and learning interests you register today for EdCamp London at www.edcamplondon.ca. Learning is not a spectator sport, so come and play.”

Contributed by: David Fife, Vice Principal at Michell Hepburn P.S, TVDSB – member of the Organizing Team for EdCamp London.


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Ontario Teachers Continue to Unite in Cube for Teachers

As always, we thank you for being a part of the Cube for Teachers community. As Ontario’s (free) curriculum-based web resource-sharing community, we are seeing many new links shared by a growing number of Ontario teachers.

Thank you for spreading the word.

The Cube now contains thousands of great educational links that have been shared by teachers like you throughout the province. We all search for resources, but we no longer have to overlap the workload. Join in on the Cube for Teachers movement. If you have a favourite link to any lesson, activity, video, interactive, worksheet, etc., we’d love to see it shared inside The Cube for all to benefit.

As well, be sure to check in often as new links are being shared on a regular basis.

In typical Cube for Teachers fashion, here are a handful of links that have recently been shared in The Cube.

Curriculum Resources Section

Category: Multi Resource Link: Mathwire.com
Mathwire has a portion of their site dedicated to mathematics problem solving resources, especially for the elementary level. Be sure to check out the bottom of their page for additional problem solving resource sites.

Category: Multi Resource Link: PhET: Simulations
PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. These easy to use interactive resources pertain mostly to physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences and mathematics. As well, these resources are also available in many languages.

Tools and Technology Resources Section

Category: Collaborative Tools and Social Spaces: Twiddla
Teachers can still make use of interactive spaces without the presence of a classroom IWB using Twiddla. Students can access the space right from their own personal device just by clicking on a unique link. No download necessary or uploading of student information. Great for brainstorming, drawing, use text, marking up websites etc. With Twiddla, you can even communicate by text or audio.

Category: Organizer Tools: Popplet
Popplet is a tool for the iPad and web to capture and organize your ideas. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

Other Teaching Resources Section

Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers
This great infographic by Mentoring Minds identifies various ways we can raise critical thinkers to best face the challenges that face our modern society.

What’s the Difference Between “Using Technology” and “Technology Integration”?
There is a significant difference between “using technology” and “technology integration” in our classrooms. The chart within this blog identifies some of the main differences between the two.


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Technology Resources for Teachers and ECOO 2013

Cube for Teachers is now considered by many Ontario K-12 educators as their central hub for effective collaboration.  Since its release in late 2011, thousands of Ontario teachers are now collaborating and sharing links in The Cube.

A quick note: Cube for Teachers will be attending and presenting this year at the ECOO 2013: “Bring IT Together” conference from October 23-25 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. If you are attending, be sure to drop by and get a sneak peak of our upcoming features. It is a fantastic conference for teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their classrooms. We highly recommend it! Click here for more information.

In light of the upcoming conference, we thought we’d dedicate this blog to some wonderful technology tools that have recently been shared by teachers in Cube for Teachers. There are now several thousand links shared inside Cube for Teachers by K-12 educators throughout the province. 

Drawing Tool:

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and colour schemes.

Presentation Tool: ViewPure
With ViewPure, you can watch YouTube videos with your students without comments, suggestions, etc. Simply add your YouTube link and receive a ViewPure link to post.

Audio Tool: Freesound
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.

Image Tool: Pixlr
Pixlr is a free online photo editor. It is available for many platforms including Windows, MacOS, iPhone, Android.

Math Tool: MyScript© Calculator app (Apple, Android)
MyScript© Calculator performs mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting. Easy and intuitive, simply write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.

Image Tool: Iconfinder
This is an icon search engine with over 345 000 icons to select from.

Collaborative Tools & Social Spaces: Wikispaces Classroom
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education. Wikispaces Classroom is free for teachers and students with well over 10 million registered teachers and students already on the platform.

Lastly, thank you for sharing Cube for Teachers with your colleagues.  Even when teachers each share one or two of their favourite links, the compounding effect has lead to thousands of amazing educational links – all in one location. The Cube allows a teacher to spend more of their valuable time “with” their students rather than tireless searches for resources.


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Our Newest Topic Area Has Just Been Released!

Firstly, we’d like to welcome the hundreds of new users who have recently joined Cube for Teachers. We are Ontario’s only curriculum-based social bookmarking community designed exclusively for the Ontario educator.

Here’s what’s new!

A third platform within Cube for Teachers has just been released whereby teachers can now share non-curriculum resource links to various topics including:

Teaching strategies
Classroom management
Assessment and evaluation
Effective ways of integrating technology
Student engagement
Anti-bullying resources
Education trends
First-day teaching resources
Special event/holiday resources
And more….

This new topic area is called “Other Teaching Resources” and sits between the two existing topic areas: “Curriculum-Based Resources” and “Tools and Technology”.

With “Other Teaching Resources”, teachers now have an organized platform to effectively store, search and save links to all their non-curricular teaching resources which include websites, blogs, videos, apps, infographics, etc.

A quick note to Ontario educators who write blogs:

Adding your blog links your way will ensure that users who search for you will effectively retrieve your web resources. As an example, be sure to add your name somewhere in the entry so that teachers can search for you by name and have your blog entries appear in a quick, organized search return.


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Ontario Teacher Candidates: Have You Registered?

Are you currently an Ontario Faculty of Education student?

Soon you will be graduating, getting ready to apply your new skills. Our profession will do well with the new ideas and fresh outlook you will provide.

As educators ourselves, we all started out where you are now. Over the last several months you’ve worked hard. You’ve now gained a better understanding of curriculum, teaching strategies, learning styles, polices and the profession as a whole.

However, let’s not forget the one thing you’ve done all year: networked.

We know all too well the importance of establishing effective networks.

While at the Faculty you have met many professionals from the field: instructors, school administrators, numerous teachers and of course, your fellow teacher candidates.

Here’s the problem:

Once you graduate, you may no longer have contact with the connections made while at your Faculty. In fact, you may no longer have access to your faculty email once you graduate. You do not want to lose the connections you have made. Continuing with that network is paramount.

Here’s the solution:

Register with Cube for Teachers – it’s free!

Cube for Teachers is a FREE educational collaborative bookmarking community created exclusively for Ontario teachers. Here, teachers can share, search and store educational web links from around the world and tie them to Ontario curriculum. As well, Cube for Teachers provides teachers with a platform to form their own personal groups (PLN’s) to foster ongoing discussions, support, network, etc.

Over the last few months, there has been an explosion of teacher candidates registering in The Cube. Candidates are forming networks while still at the Faculty and will continue to expand those networks once they graduate.  Click here to read more about Cube Groups.

Here’s the important piece:

To join, you must register while you still have access to your faculty email. This email is only required to register and you may change your email once registered.

If you wait and no longer have your faculty email, you will not gain access until you have secured employment with an Ontario K-12 educational institution.

Don’t get left behind. Register today and start collaborating with teachers throughout Ontario!


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Why Cube?

As educators, how many of us have searched tirelessly for educational resources in numerous locations such as massive search engines, through word of mouth, printed lists from in-services, emails, wikis, etc?  Also, how many of us are constantly on social networks in the hopes of catching that valuable resource before it slides off the bottom of the page into the depths of the abyss?  Regardless, as locations for resources continue to expand it spreads our time even more thin as we search for ideas in order to meet the needs of our precious students.  Getting your hands on those resources when you most need them has always been the greatest challenge.

Looking for effective resources and support materials should not be an ongoing game of treasure hunt.  As a teacher I can speak for all of us when I say that the motive behind this exhaustive search is to simply meet the needs of our valuable diverse learners.  However, as educators, our time is valuable and best spent in front of our kids, not searching the world for resources. It was because of this premise that Cube for Teachers was created.

As educators ourselves, we understand the importance and necessity for collaboration. The Cube’s philosophy was to create a platform for teachers to collectively share their favourite educational resource links into a central, organized and efficient hub. There are thousands of sites out there with amazing resources, we simply point to them from one location thanks to the ongoing collaboration of teachers like you. Providing teachers with a platform to house all of their favourite links in one location is paramount with Cube for Teachers.

Cube for Teachers is Ontario’s only curriculum-based bookmarking community made exclusively for K-12 educators – and it’s free!

As well, not only can teachers share, search and save educational links to resources, they can also create their own personal teacher “Groups” (professional learning communities) for resource sharing and ongoing discussions for ideas, support and professional development.  Collaboration and Communication: two essential skills that define 21st Century learners.

Although there are already several thousand links inside The Cube, imagine the power if educators from across Ontario were to each share just one their most favourite educational resources!  Three minutes of work could result in a few hundred thousand links – not a bad trade-off you might say.

So what could you do as an educator?

1)   Add a link to one of your favourites resources (i.e. a lesson, video, interactive, activity, worksheet, web 2.0 tool, etc.)
2)   Spread the word amongst colleagues.

If you want to learn more about how to use The Cube, click here to visit our YouTube page.

We wish you all a successful and rewarding 2013.


Susan Kwiecien,
Cube for Teachers

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Cube Communities

Welcome to Cube Communities.

As many teachers across Ontario have already discovered, Cube for Teachers has quickly become the most exciting new website where Ontario teachers meet to collaborate to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.

Cube for Teachers allows teachers to search for, save, and share links to Internet resources based on the Ontario Curriculum. Teachers can use a powerful search engine to search for resources based on Grade, Subject, Course, Strand, and Expectation.

The exciting news is Cube for Teachers has recently introduced a Groups Feature!  Teachers can now form professional learning networks to which they can invite other teachers to join. Within the groups, teachers can share resources and participate in discussions on various educational topics.

To introduce teachers to the Groups Feature, we have created “Cube Communities”. These communities are groups based on a common theme. Our first Cube Communities include:

Tools and Technology for Teachers
Interactive Math Resources
Neat Science Links
Kindergarten Resources and Idea Sharing

To become part of Cube’s expanding free educational communities, simply click on the communities above.

See you in The Cube.

Sam Mercurio,
Cube for Teachers Admin


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Cube for Teachers Launches “Groups”

Cube for Teachers is an exciting new free website which allows Ontario K-12 teachers to be truly collaborative in preparing their students for the 21st century.

As many teachers across the province have already discovered, Cube for Teachers allows teachers to search for, share, and save links to internet resources which will help them meet the needs of their students.

And now, Cube for Teachers has introduced a powerful new feature: Groups. Teachers across the province can now invite other teachers to form professional learning networks (PLNs) inside Cube for Teachers.

The Groups feature within Cube for Teachers can be used:

a) to share resources
b) to share teaching ideas
c) for professional development
d) as a forum for discussions on important educational topics

Various Ways Educators Can Use the Groups Feature:

1. Ontario teachers can now connect with others throughout the province on specific topics or other areas of interest.
2. School departments can collaborate on resources for various courses.
3. School administrators can invite their staff to form groups for professional development.
4. Subject Council members can share ideas, resource links and next steps.
5. Administrators can form PLNs with other administrators.
6. School Family representatives can support each other and share ideas.
7. Faculties of Education instructors can establish networks for their teacher candidates to share ideas, resource links, and support each other.
8. New teachers (NTIP) can offer support and ideas for each other.
9. Teachers can form groups to continue collaborating after an in-service.
10. The Groups Feature helps make Cube for Teachers the one-stop shop for Ontario teachers to collaborate!

Remember that The Cube is a secure community designed exclusively for Ontario educators.  Teachers can search for, share, and save links based on grade, course, strand, and expectations based on the Ontario Curriculum.

We welcome all Ontario K-12 teachers to register with Cube For Teachers and try our latest feature!


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Teachers from CIS Can Now Join Cube for Teachers!

Cube for Teachers is now available to teachers in the Conference of Independent Schools! These teachers are invited to join the expanding community of teachers who use Cube for Teachers as their place to share resources.

Cube For Teachers is an exciting new technology that allows teachers to search for, share, and save links to valuable Internet resources. Teachers can search for topics such as Curriculum Resources that are subject specific, and Tools & Technology resources that can be used across the curriculum. Curriculum-based resources branch into two main areas: single resource links and multi-resource links.

Teachers can search for and share links to resources based on Grade, Subject, Course, Strand, and even Expectation. Resource links are ranked in popularity according to the number of teachers who have added it to their Favourites. Teachers are finding this website valuable as it is based on the Ontario Curriculum, and all links have been entered by teachers, for teachers.

Word of the website is spreading quickly. From February to May 2012, the number of registered users has doubled with several thousands of links now being shared.

So welcome, teachers from the Conference of Independent Schools. We look forward to your participation in this exciting new adventure.


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Thousands of links added to Cube for Teachers!

Cube for Teachers is proving to be the place where teachers share ideas. Since our last email, the number of subscribers and the number of links has doubled! Teachers across Ontario are using the Cube to search for, store, and share links to internet resources that will help them meet the needs of their students.

Teachers are using the Cube to share Curriculum Resources which are useful in specific subject areas, and Tools and Technology which are useful across all subject areas.

Here are some samples of wonderful links that have been added to Curriculum Resources:

Chemistry Resource: QR Code Periodic Table

This website has a list of QR codes for each element in the periodic table. Using a smartphone, students can scan the code for any element. They will be taken to a short video providing information about that element.

Biology / Heath & Physical Education Resource: Zygote Body

This is website allows for interactive 3D diagrams of the human body.

Math Resource: Glencoe Virtual Manipulatives

This interactive resource displays virtual manipulatives for K-8 including algebra tiles, base ten blocks, centimeter cubes, clock, connecting cubes, currency, fraction cubes and fraction tiles.

Here are some samples of fantastic links to tools that have been added to Tools & Technology:

Audio Tool: Record MP3

This website allows you to easily record from your computer and save as an MP3 file. Teachers can use this to insert audio instructions in a lesson or assignment.  Take it one step further and hyperlink it to a QR Code and place it next to those tough questions on your worksheets. Those in need of assistance can scan the QR Code and listen to your audio recording with hints, instructions, or solutions.

Quiz and Poll Tool: Poll Everywhere

This website allows you to create and store text message polls with live updates to your web browser.  A great "assessment for learning" tool.

Converting Files Tool : Zamzar

This website allows users to easily convert files from one type to another without having to install software. File types include *.doc, *.pdf and many others.


Cube for Teachers will have a booth at OAME in Kingston May 10-12. Come by and see this exciting new initiative in action!

As always, we appreciate any feedback you want to give us. Simply click on the Feedback tab inside the Cube, and let us know what you think!

And please, spread the word! Refer a friend. Let others know what a fabulous website www.cubeforteachers.com has become. The greater the number of teachers who register and contribute to the website, the more valuable it will be to you!


The Administrative Team

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