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 http://dougpete.wordpress.com

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

Let’s Connect at Connect 2015: Canada’s Largest Education Technology Conference

Great news!

This year’s Connect conference is expected to have approximately 2500 participants in attendance.

Even greater news!

Connect 2015 has provided Cube for Teachers an opportunity to share a promo code that will save you 20% off the registration fee. Every bit counts!

Simply use the following promo code Cube@Connect when you register.

When at the conference be sure to stop by and say hello to Susan Kwiecien, co-founder of Cube for Teachers.  As Ontario’s free curriculum-aligned bookmarking community for teachers, nearly 27 000 resources have now been shared and searchable to all teachers. There are many new amazing features coming to Cube for Teachers that Susan will be sharing at the conference.

The Connect 2015 conference is a great opportunity to network with educators from across Canada and beyond.

Connect 2015 offers a wide variety of presentations and workshops.  Click on the images below to learn more about a few of the speakers at this year’s conference.

Marc Saltzman      Steven Anderson   Tom Whitby  

Check out who else will be speaking at Connect 2015.

Looking forward to connecting at Connect 2015.

Cube for Teachers
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