This Month’s Highlighted Educator: Helen DeWaard

January 2019 Highlighted Educator

Every month, Cube For Teachers highlights an educator on Cube that is recognized for their ongoing collaboration, helping other educators by sharing and curating effective teaching resources.

As we welcome in 2019, it brings with it an excitement of new beginnings and fresh ideas. We are highlighting Helen DeWaard as January’s Educator the Month in recognition of her innovative ideas, ongoing collaboration and leadership to support and empower all educators.

We recently asked Helen a few questions. This is what she had to share…

Can you tell our education community a bit about yourself?

Helen: “I am a teacher. Currently I teach at the higher education level but have experience at the elementary level with a focus on special education and technology. I’m an educator, leader, designer of digital learning spaces and creator of digital learning events. In my teaching I model being a life-wide learner. I collect, curate and connect my work, learning, teaching and wondering to benefit my students. Thinking about teaching and learning with technologies, media and all things digital keeps me working and wandering. Consider this part of my curriculum and my vitae! In the words of John Dewey, “Education is not preparation for life: education is life itself”. Here is my education in life. From personal experience, just as every mountain you face, can be climbed when you take it one step at a time.

When it comes to education, what are you passionate about?

Helen: “I am passionate about digital literacy, digital citizenship, digital storytelling, media education, educational technology, advocating for equity in learning, universal design for learning, and open educational practices.”

Is there a new frontier in education you are gearing up to explore? 

Helen: “I’m gearing up to explore AR/VR applications to digital storytelling, the integration of UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in education, and the need for digital/media literacy instruction in Faculties of Education in Canada.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower? (i.e. What kinds of resources do you most often share?)

Helen: “…digital tools, resources, media, critical digital literacies.”

Is there a Cube folder you would like us to highlight?

Helen: “Media Literacy - This folder is a collection of resources that focus on media literacy skills.”

What resources are you currently searching for?

Helen: “I continue to search for educational technology resources of all kinds that focus on critical analysis rather than rapid adoption – those that make me consider the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ or ‘how’ of ed tech tools.”

Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?

Helen“My course web sites are a curated collection of resources and links relating to Media and Digital Literacy (MDL4000) and Critical Digital Literacy (3932CDL). Cube users are welcome to use these sites for self directed learning or just finding information about certain topics relevant to media and digital literacies.”

Stay “Cube Connected” on Cube For Teachers and be sure to follow Helen DeWaard for valuable created and curated resources.

Do you have a favorite educator on Cube sharing resources that you’d like to recommend for one of our upcoming blogs?  Send us a email and tell us more.

Cube Team

This Month’s Highlighted Educator: Doug Peterson

November 2018 Highlighted Educator

Every month, Cube For Teachers highlights an educator that is recognized for their ongoing collaboration, helping other educators by sharing and curating effective teaching resources.

Doug Peterson is well known across the education community throughout Ontario, Canada. His passion for learning, collaborating, sharing and supporting learners has earned him great respect among educators far and wide. Now retired from the classroom, Doug continues to be a leader in education.  It is for this reason we are recognizing Doug Peterson as November’s educator of the month.

A bit about Doug Peterson…

Doug is currently the President of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario. He started in education as a Business/Computer Science teacher and then moved on to the role of Computers in the Classroom Teacher Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board. Doug has also taught the Computer Studies Additional Qualification course at the University of Windsor. He has also worked with a number of professional organizations like ECOO, OBEA, MACUL, CSTA, OTF Curriculum Forum, Western RCAC and others over the years. He often blogs at

We recently asked Doug a few questions. Here is what he had to share.

When it comes to education, what are you passionate about?

Doug: “We live and work in a globally connected world. Of that, there can be no doubt. But, at times, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Ontario education is second to none. My real passion lies in recognizing this and helping to acknowledge the amazing things and professional learning that happens daily.”

Is there a new frontier in education you are gearing up to explore? 

Doug: “I’m not sure that “gearing up” is something that describes this but I’m fascinated with the concept of Blockchain and how it may apply to education. Every time I think that I’m getting my head around it, my head explodes.

Over 90 weeks ago, Stephen Hurley and I started a voicEd radio show called “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” based upon my weekly blog post. It’s interesting to see a transition from a blog post to live, interactive radio. Of course, all of the shows are archived as podcasts here.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower? (i.e. What kinds of resources do you most often share?)

Doug: “Is random a benefit? I curate lots of different things. I’ve always maintained that keeping your own curations will benefit you in the long run. Instead of starting anew when searching for things, I typically start with things I’ve already found and tucked away. It’s a personal approach to a search engine, if you will.”

What resources are you currently searching for?

Doug: “I really look for resources that show forward thinking from progressive educators and technologists. Computer Science, in particular, has always been a special interest for me. Privacy, Security, and cutting edge technology is always of personal interest.”

Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?

Doug: “I’ve been a long time Cube user. I still remember the first iteration of the software and meeting Sue for the first time. I am happy now that Sue has included me in the testing phase for the browser extension. That’s made a huge difference in the way that I use the Cube. It’s exciting when I find that I can suggest a new feature.”

Doug’s Digital Selfie:

Stay “Cube Connected” on Cube For Teachers and be sure to follow Doug Peterson (dougpete) for additional resources.

Do you have a favorite educator on Cube sharing resources that you’d like to recommendi for one of our upcoming blogs?  Send us a email and tell us more.

Cube Team

This Month’s Highlighted Educator: Aaron Middlemiss

April 2018 Hghlighted Educator

Every month, Cube For Teachers highlights an educator that is recognized for their ongoing collaboration, helping other educators by sharing and curating effective teaching resources.

This month’s recognized educator on Cube for Teachers is Aaron Middlemiss (amiddlemiss) who has shared numerous resources on Cube pertaining to coding, computational thinking and robotics.

We asked Aaron a few questions. Here’s what he had to share…

Who is Aaron Middlemiss?

“Let’s see…I am High School English and Drama teacher in Ontario, Canada, with a passion for both the arts and technology. I am currently working as a MakerSpace / Coding / eLearning Technology Innovator for my school board. I have gone from teaching students how to write essays, to helping educators boost their understanding of digital citizenship and modern technology. I am also a writer, occasional podcaster, gamer, pop culture geek, home-cook and father to some really amazing kids!”

When it comes to education, what are you passionate about?

“For me, I am passionate about helping others open their minds to something beyond what is in front of them. Whether I am teaching Drama, or delving into a new coding app, I like to show people that whatever we are working on, those disparate ideas and concepts can connect to something bigger. I love showing teachers how making and coding can be right at home in their own courses or lessons, even if they’re not teaching a tech subject. It opens up a mindset that reveals endless possibilities that can then resonate in their own students. I am also passionate about storytelling, listening to stories, and letting others find their passions in their stories. I find the best lessons, the best outcomes in education, always come from the things the students are passionate about. I always try to let the students’ passions come out in their work, and how emerging technologies and ideas can help them realize their dreams.”

Is there a new frontier in education you are gearing up to explore?

“I want to explore more student centric / alternate styles of education that blend into other curriculums and real world experiences. I learned a lot in school as a kid, but sometimes, some of the most important things I learned were outside the classroom, or following another passion. It’s amazing to see so many opportunities for students to connect their classroom lessons to the world around them. I want to explore more opportunities for students to bring their personal experiences into the classroom.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower?

“I am willing to spitball and share some ideas with you! Also, if you’re looking for makerSpace or coding resources, I have them and I’m always willing to share them with anyone who asks. Beg, borrow, share and share some more! Good teachers, build. Great teachers, share.”

Do you have Cube folders we can share with the global community of educators?

“My MakerSpace Resources (1), MakerSpace Resources (2), MakerSpace Resources (3), my Coding Resources, any and all of them. If anyone needs it, I want them to have it!”

What resources are you currently searching for?

“I’d love to see cross-curriculum resources for coding, making, and anything tech related. I would love to see how some teachers are using their technology and makerspaces in other classes to help students realize their passions.”

Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?

“Just that Free Comic Book day is coming up on Saturday May 5th. Please visit your local comic book shops and drop a couple of bucks to keep these underfunded and under appreciated establishments in business! Comics & graphic novels are books for everyone! Also, here’s a link to a Smore I fashioned on how to get the Maker Movement rolling in your school.

Stay connected on Cube for Teachers and be sure to follow Aaron MIddlemiss (amiddlemiss) for additional resources.

On behalf of all educators in search of valuable resources, thank you, Aaron!

Do you know of a Cube user that should be recognized for their ongoing collaboration?

Send us a email and tell us more.

Cube Team

Cube For Teachers: Facebook Pages

To date, Cube has over 50,000 links to education resources that have been shared by educators.  Cube contains links to resources that have either been found or created by educators from around the world.  

The following Facebook pages highlight some of the links to resources you’ll find on Cube for Teachers:

  1. Cube For Teachers (main)
  2. Teaching Strategies
  3. Mathematics Teaching Resources
  4. Science Biology Teaching Resources
  5. English Language Arts Teaching Resources
  6. Kindergarten Teaching Resources
  7. Health and Physical Education Teaching Resources
  8. French Teaching Resources
  9. ELL Teaching Resources
  10. Social Studies Teaching Resources
  11. Geography Teaching Resources
  12. First Day Teaching Resources
  13. Coding Teaching Resources
  14. Science Physics Teaching Resources
  15. Special Education Teaching Resources
  16. 100th Day of School Teaching Resources
  17. Science Chemistry Teaching Resources
  18. Anti-Bullying Teaching Resources
  19. Halloween Teaching Resources

If you are on Twitter, check out Cube’s Twitter page:  @cubeforteachers

Together, we are making better education.

Cube Team


Useful Coding Activities For Your Classroom

Coding has become quite the buzz word in education. Whether you are new to coding or a veteran, the Cubed links listed below contain a variety of coding activities for all learners.

1. contains activities organized by grade, subject and level of coding experience.

2. Teacher-Led Hour of Code Lesson Plans curated one-hour teacher-led lesson and activity plans designed for different subject areas for Hour of Code veterans.

3. Code Studio contains self-paced courses for students from ages 4 to18.

4. CS Unplugged has free activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles without technology.

5. A guide to creative computing created by ‘ScratchEd’ and Harvard fosters computational thinking through using ideas, strategies, and activities.

6. Made with Code inspires girls to engage in projects with code.  This resource contains activities and step-by-step instructions.

7. Tynker offers a selection of free coding activities for k-6 to develop basic computational thinking and programming skills.

8. Code Monster, Code Maven, and Game Maven are interactive tutorials where kids and adults can play with code, experiment, build, and learn.

9. Raspberry Pi  offers a variety of activities for beginner and intermediate level programmers. These activities require the Raspberry Pi device.

Cube for Teachers now has over 44,000 shared educational resources by teachers – all sharing their favourites links into one collaborative space.

Remembrance Day Teaching Resources

Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts.  In order to assist our fellow educators, here are a few Remembrance Day teaching resources that have been shared inside Cube for Teachers.

November 11th

Canada and the First World War This online exhibition from the Canadian War Museum provides a comprehensive review of the Canadian war experience during World War One. The exhibition is organized into four sections including Introduction to the First World War, History of the First World War, Objects and Photos of the First World War, and Teacher Resources.
Interactive, lesson, worksheet

Canada in the Second World War
 Preserving the gifts of valour and freedom for future generations, the Juno Beach Centre presents an online museum of the Canadian war effort, complete with in-depth articles on the people and events that make up Canada’s contribution in the Second World War.

Resources for the Classroom These resources are provided to help ensure that the torch of Remembrance continues to burn brightly in the hearts of all Canadians.
Quick facts, toolkit and teaching activities

Canadian History Learning Videos A collection of videos:  A Voyage of Discovery – 85th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (30 min. 25 sec.), Innocence Lost : A Nation Found – Canada Remembers: The First World War 1914-1918 (19 min. 24 sec.), Canada and the Great War 1914-1918: A Nation Born (19 min. 49 sec.), Canada Remembers: Holland (22 min. 14 sec.), Sacrifice, Achievement and Legacy: Canadians and the Second World War 1939-1945 (22 min. 09 sec.), and Canada Remembers the Far East (24 min. 24 sec.)

First World War -  Education Guide   Developed in line with the historical thinking concepts created by the Historical Thinking Project, this guide complements Canadian middle-school and high-school curricula. It invites students to deepen their understanding of the First World War through primary- and secondary-source research and examination, engaging discussion questions and group activities.
Lesson, article, activity, questions

Second World War – Education Guide  This guide is intended to assist teachers and students as they study Canada’s involvement in the Second World War. It highlights some of the significant historical themes and events of that period but is not meant to be a comprehensive history of Canada and the war; in fact, some teachers may choose to highlight different aspects of this period in their classes, such as the naval war on Canada’s doorstep or Canada’s participation in the bombing offensive against Germany. Nonetheless, the content presented here constitutes a meaningful entry point into examining the country’s involvement in one of the 20th century’s pivotal armed conflicts. Additionally, the skills students will develop in the activities will apply to any existing units being used in class by teachers. Includes links to extra sources.
Lesson, article, activity, questions

In Flanders Fields (Poem)  This video clip is from CBC’s documentary-style film The Great War. This 4 minute video provides background on Dr. Colonel John McCrae.
Video, poem

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (Author of In Flanders Fields) The poem was written by a Canadian—John McCrae, a doctor and teacher, who served in both the South African War and the First World War. In Flanders Fields was first published in England’s Punch magazine in December 1915. This resource describes the war life of this famous Canadian.
Article, poem

Highway of Heroes (by the Trews)  ”Highway of Heroes”, was co-written and co-produced by The Trews and Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard from The Trews’ hometown of Antigonish, NS.
Video, song

Remembrance Day Soldier Cries (Soldiers Cry) A tribute done by Global Edmonton for Remembrance Day.
Video, song

Take Time to Remember (Ages 5-7) Take Time to Remember is an activity booklet for young children that introduces concepts of remembrance in an accessible and fun manner.
Workbook, activities

Tales of Animals in War (Ages 5-11)  This resource includes a teacher guide and provides short stories describing the transportation in times of war.
Text, activities, lesson

Canada Remembers Times (Ages 12-18)  This resource includes a teacher guide and stories about Canada’s efforts in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and in post-war Canadian Armed Forces efforts using a newspaper format.
Text, activities, lesson

Over The Top  This interactive game is based on the real-life experiences of Canadians who lived and died in the trenches during the First World War. Available in French.
Interactive, game

Armoured Warrior This interactive game is a work of fiction based on the real-life experiences of Canadian tank crews that fought in North West Europe during the Second World War. Unlike their stories, however, YOU get to decide how this adventure will end. As the commander of a Sherman tank in the final days of the Normandy Campaign of 1944, you will live through some of the excitement, despair, brutality and sheer horror of one day’s fighting at the front.
Interactive, game (junior/ intermediate)

The Memory Project The Memory Project is a nationwide bilingual project that connects Veterans and Canadian forces personnel with the opportunity to share their stories with Canadians in classrooms and community forums. In addition to our speakers’ bureau, The Memory Project has created a record of Canada’s participation in various global conflicts, including the Second World War and Korean War, through oral interviews, digitized artifacts, and memorabilia.
Audio, text. Available in French.

The Cenotaph Project  The Cenotaph Project is an engaging activity that gives students an opportunity to get to know the individual men and women who served, and potentially died, in wartime. Begun by Ontario teacher Blake Seward, teachers and students nationwide have undertaken this project. This document serves as a step-by-step guide to assist students throughout this activity.
Activity, lesson

How We Remember – Junior Learning Tool   This learning tool explores the themes of commemoration and remembrance as they relate to the First and Second World Wars.
Text, activity, questions, lesson

How We Remember – Senior Learning Tool This learning tool explores the themes of commemoration and remembrance as they relate to the First and Second World Wars.
Text, activity, questions, lesson

For additional resources, visit

The team at Cube for Teachers


Great “Back to School” Teaching Resources!

We at Cube for Teachers hope you’ve been enjoying a summer filled with rest and relaxation.

Over the summer months, The Cube has grown to 43,000+ resources shared by educators. This free resource is now considered one of Ontario’s largest collaboration platforms for teachers.

To assist you in your preparation for the upcoming year, we’ve gathered some activities and resources that have been shared by educators in Cube for Teachers to help get the year off to a fun start.

On behalf of all educators, we thank teachers who have shared links to their favourite educational resources. Together we are building better education.

Activities and Resources

40 Icebreakers for Small Groups: These 40 icebreakers are simple to use and suitable for a wide age range. They are great with a small youth group and can be used in a small space! This selection will encourage sharing, openness, listening, cooperation and discussion, providing a useful ‘getting to know you’ or ‘group building’ introduction for a small group study or teaching time. [activities]

The Marshmallow Challenge: This is a fun activity that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in key aspects of innovation – ideas generation, collaboration, creativity and teamwork. Teams are given a challenge to build the tallest freestanding structure that will support the weight of one marshmallow. They have 18 minutes to complete the challenge and are given a set amount of building materials. Allow 45–60 minutes to run this activity. [activity]

Save Fred: This team building activity is great for elementary students. A fun activity that engages teams in saving Fred the worm who cannot swim. Students must save Fred the gummy worm without touching him with their hands and only using the limited tools provided. [activity]

If you like “Save Fred”, you may also like A Week of STEM Activities for the elementary grades. [activity]

The Cup Stack: This collaborative activity is a great way to get your students working together to solve problems and helps set up great whole group discussions about how to work together to meet goals and learn from your mistakes. Every student plays and equal role. [activity]

Icebreakers for Secondary Students: Providing effective icebreaker activities for high school students can be challenging. You need to access moods, group dynamics, and the comfort level of participants. This link provides a wide variety of icebreakers for high school students from which you should be able to find the perfect icebreaker game. [activities]

Icebreakers and Team Building: This link provides a number of icebreakers and team builders. Some are more appropriate for new groups, others for more established groups. Not all of these activities will appeal to everyone, but there are many for you to choose from to help get your group going! [activities]

10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults: Many of us are beginning new classes with new learners. The first days of class are very important for helping our students begin to build relationships with their peers. Getting to know you activities are fun and help us ensure we have a semester full of lasting memories. [activities]

Back-to-School Resources for Parents: This blog contains numerous resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for learning. [strategies and tips]

If you’d like to search for additional resources, you’ll find many, many more shared in The Cube under topic area “Other Teaching Resources” using phrases and keywords such as: “back to school”, “first day” or “icebreakers”.

Do you have a resource worth sharing? We’d love to see it shared in The Cube.

In our next blog, we will be highlighting resources pertaining to inquiry skill-building.

Wishing you a successful start to the new school year.

Admin Team

Useful Twitter Resources for Educators

Due to a number of requests from our colleagues, we decided to gather up some Twitter web resources that have been recently been share inside Cube for Teachers. This blog contains helpful hints to help all newcomers as well as advanced Twitter users.

Getting Started

Account Setup: Tips for setting up your profile page.
Anatomy of a Tweet: Overview of the components of a Tweet.
What Can I Do with a Tweet
: Now that you’re on Twitter, it’s time to explore the possibilities.
Getting Familiar with Twitter: The four main areas of Twitter.
What Are Replies and Mentions: It’s easy to be a part of the conversation on Twitter by replying to others and mentioning them in your Tweets.
Trending Topics: Twitter Trends are the most interesting topics of discussion that are being tweeted about right now.
Direct Messages: A way to send a private message to one of your followers on Twitter.
Twitter Glossary of Terms: Terms you’ll find on Twitter.

Start Tweeting

How to Tweet: Join the conversation. Sending Tweets on Twitter is easy.
How to Retweet: Retweeting is a way for you to re-post someone else’s Tweet and quickly share it with your followers.
Following on Twitter: How to find, follow and engage with people and organizations.
How to Use Hashtags: What’s a hashtag, and some etiquette for using it.
Insider Tips: Learn the shorthand users have adopted to creatively communicate within the 140 character limit on Twitter.
How to Add Photos, Videos and Links: Twitter offers a fast and effective way to share your photos, videos and links from anywhere.
Create and Use Twitter Lists: Organize Twitter users in groups to see only their Tweets.
How to Use TweetDeck: Track, organize and engage on Twitter with this dashboard tool.
Twitter for Mobile
: With your smartphone or mobile device, you can use Twitter wherever you are.
Use Twitter Search: Find just what you’re looking for with Twitter search.

Account Security

Security Overview: How to keep your account safe.
What to Do If Your Account is Hacked: A step-by-step guide to help fix your account if you’ve been hacked.
Blocking Another User: How to prevent someone from following you or adding you to their lists.
Login Verification: How to add extra security to your account.
Report a Problem: How to file a ticket.
Verification on Twitter: What’s verification, and how it works.

Integrate Twitter

How to Display Tweets and the Twitter Logo: Important rules for showing a Tweet online, offline or in broadcast.
How to Display Vine Videos
: Rules and pointers to share the six-second looping videos.
Embedding a Tweet: Embed Tweets directly on your website.
Twitter Cards: Summarize articles and curate your message to followers by attaching media to Tweets.

Twitter Tips

The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter
Twitter for business: 18 Things You Should NOT Do
7 Steps to Optimize Your Social Media Presence as an Educator
Twitter For Beginners: Basic Guidelines Before You Start
The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter
100 Ways to Use Twitter In Education, by Degree of Difficulty
25 Twitter Tips For Students, Parents and Teachers
My Account has Been Hacked
Troubleshooting: Find Solutions to Common Issues
A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter for Teacher Candidates & New Teachers

Using Twitter in the Classroom

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
25 Top Ways Teachers Use Twitter in the Classroom
60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom
30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
28 Simple Ways To Use Twitter in The Classroom

Education Chats:

Education Chats

Education Hashtags:

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education
Cybrary Man’s Educational Hashtags

Sample of Ontario Educators/ Sites Sharing On Twitter

Aviva Dunsiger
Camille Rutherford
Cube for Teachers

David Fife
Doug Peterson
Jim Cash

Kyle Pearce
Mario Addesa
Mark Carbone
Michelle Cordy
Peter Aguiar
Peter Skillen

Tina Zita
Tom D’Amico

Have you registered for Cube for Teachers yet?

Cube for Teachers is a community of thousands of educators sharing, searching and saving their favourite web resources into a free curriculum-aligned database. There are now over 26 000 web resources that have been shared in Cube for Teachers by educators just like you.

If you’re interested in writing for Cube for Teachers or sharing your blog, email us with your ideas.

For additional inquiries, contact Susan Kwiecien, Co-Founder of Cube for Teachers.


“Hour of Code” Teaching Resources

With the Hour of Code soon approaching (December 7 – 13), this blog is dedicated to various Cubed teaching resources on the “2015 Hour of Code” and “Coding”.

You’ll find these and dozens of coding resources that have been shared by teachers inside Cube for Teachers under 3 main topic areas:

  1. Curriculum Resources
  2. Tools and Technology Resources
  3. Other Teaching Resources

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Click on the video below. Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. As well, computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.

How to Teach one Hour of Code helps provides educators with tips on running an Hour for Code with your students.

Teacher-guided Hour of Code Tutorials. Examples: Star Wars (ages 6+), Minecraft (ages 6+) as well as Anna and Elsa (ages 8+).

A wonderful resource recently shared in Cube for Teachers links to resources to help educators integrate coding into the elementary curriculum.

Coding for Kindergarteners: Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

Below is a collection of various coding tools recently shared inside Cube for Teachers:

Topic area: Tools and Technology
Category: Generators and Coding Tools

Blockly Games: Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.

Botlogic: is an educational puzzle game that challenges kids and adults to tackle complex logic problems while teaching valuable programming concepts. Ideal for the primary level.

Build with Chrome: Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.

Hopscotch: Make your own game, art, animations and more using our simple, powerful coding app.  Available on iPhone and iPad.

Kodable: Teach Kids the basics of any programming language using a fun game and classroom friendly curriculum. Get the FREE App with lesson guides and teacher tools.

ScratchScratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

ScratchJr: Coding for Young Children. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can code and create with PBS KIDS characters! Available on the App Store or Google Play.

Snap! Snap! (formerly BYOB) is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language.

Swift: Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language for iOS, OS X, and watchOS. Writing Swift code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next project — or addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.

Tynker: Tynker makes it fun and easy to learn computer programming. Get started today with Tynker’s easy-to-learn, visual programming course designed for young learners in 4th through 8th grades.

Looking for additional teaching resources?  Teachers have now shared nearly 34 000 links to their favourite web resources from around the world as well as links to their personal teaching resources inside Cube for Teachers.

Upcoming Coding Events:

ihub     EDU Challenge

Have an upcoming coding event? Let us know and we’ll add it to this blog. Send us an email to

Happy Coding,

The Administrative Team

“First Day” Teaching Resources

As you prepare for a busy and exciting school year ahead, Cube for Teachers wants to help by providing you with useful “first day” teaching resources.

With over 33 000 K-12 web resources shared by a growing number of Ontario teachers, here are a few “first day” activities and strategies to help get you started:

Fun Activities: Get the School Off to a Good Start: Here are 13 activities from Education World to help teachers get to know student strengths, set the classroom tone, observe student interaction, or just provide a little fun.

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year:  Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child’s learning.

36 Interesting Ways to Get to Know Your Class:  This Google Slide is a collection of various icebreakers shared by teachers.

7 First Day of School Activities Students Love: Here are a few icebreakers from Teach Hub to try to get the school year off to a great start.

Critical First Week of High School: This resource from Scholastic highlights some strategies for building rapport and setting expectations from day one.

Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days: Are you looking to introduce iPads on the first few days of school?  Whether it’s 1:1 or shared devices, this resource from Edutopia highlights a few strategies to get you started.

100 Classroom Organizing Tricks:  This blog from Scholastic includes 100 teacher tips for creating a well-organized and efficient classroom environment.

Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community: Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

New Teachers: Creating a Shiny, Happy Lesson: Cheryl Mizerny develops a classroom that does not require a system to handle misbehavior because it so rarely occurs. No checkmarks on the board, no list of consequences, no rewards. Just engaged, productive, friendly students.

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms:  Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

For more “first day” and “back to school” resources, check out Cube for Teachers under the topic area “Other Teaching Resources”. All resources found within Cube for Teachers have been shared by teachers throughout Ontario.

Wishing you all the best on your school year startup.


The Administrative Team