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. https://www.smore.com/4v9d0

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

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
www.cubeforteachers.com

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
#ossemooc
Peter Aguiar
Peter Skillen

Tina Zita
Tom D’Amico

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