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

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.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com

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
Policies
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.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com

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!

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com