This Month’s Highlighted Educator: Brian Aspinall

December 2018 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.

If you are an educator looking for ways to integrate coding, STEAM, computational thinking along with assessment into your curriculum, be sure to add educator, Brian Aspinall to your shortlist of go-tos for ideas and inspiration.

Brian Aspinall

A bit about Brian Aspinall...

Brian Aspinall is an educator, best selling author and three times TEDx speaker who is considered one of the brightest STEM innovators in education. His book, Code Breaker – 15+ Ways to Get Started With Coding, continues to top the charts in STEAM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation. Recently he was awarded the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEAM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors!

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

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

Brian: “STEAM, CS, assessment and reaching all students.”

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

Brian: “We continue to shift the ways in which we teach and instruct lessons but have done little to revamp evaluation practices. I believe all students can achieve if given a fair chance and that with the right scaffolding of tools, technology and time, kids will give their best work. The idea of grading students based on a structured unit of time is something I wish to rethink.

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

Brian: “I have spent the last ten plus years working to integrate coding and computer science into “regular” classrooms. I use the quotations to mean general elementary homerooms. What does coding look like in grade 6? Ask Brian!”

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

Brian: “Doug Peterson. Not only was he a university prof of mine but continues to be a mentor to this day.”

What resources are you currently searching for?

Brian: “I am always on the hunt for science, technology, engineering, arts and math goodies. Not fancy worksheets, but real, authentic immersive experiences that provide students with a sandbox of learning.”

Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?

Brian: “With Hour of Code week (CSEdWeek) on the horizon, you might be interested in a copy of my book, Code Breaker – Increase Creativity Remix Assessment and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas!

Stay “Cube Connected” on Cube For Teachers and be sure to follow Brian Aspinall (brinall) 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.

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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

This Month’s Highlighted Educator: Jen Giffen

October 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.

This month, we are recognizing Jen Giffen as October’s educator of the month.

October Educator of the Month

A bit about Jen Giffen…

Jen is a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher in the York Region DSB. She has a Master’s in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE and a specialist in Integration of Information and Computer Technology. As well, Jen is a Google Innovator (#WDC17), Sketchnoter, teacher match-maker, cheerleader, and up for just about anything. She is the Co-host of #ShukesandGiff the Podcast. As a former player of the game of school, Jen now seeks to ensure learning is authentic and relevant, especially for struggling students.

We recently asked Jen a few questions. Here is what she had to share.

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

Jen: “Authentic experiences, reaching all students, effective integration of tech and also, student engagement.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower? (ex what kinds of resources do you most often share)

Jen: “I share all sorts of EdTech resources.”

Jen Giffen's Profile Page

What resources are you currently searching for?

Jen: “I love digital story telling and am gearing up for a district project this year on that…I would love to find new ideas to support this venture.”

Stay “Cube Connected” on Cube For Teachers and be sure to follow Jen Giffen (Virtualgiff) 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: Mark Carbone

September 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.

Most recently known as the CIO for the Waterloo Region District School Board, Mark Carbone’s support for educators and commitment to education has earned him great respect by educators throughout Ontario, Canada.

It is for this reason, we are recognizing Mark Carbone as September’s educator of the month.

A bit about Mark Carbone…

Mark has enjoyed a 35 year career with the Waterloo Region District School Board, with his last role serving as Chief Information Officer. Since retiring, he has enjoyed working independently as a technology and educational consultant. Mark is active as a blogger and podcaster, contributing to VoicEd Radio.

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

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

“The bottom line for me is being professionally involved in areas that make a difference to student learning. What is it that we can read, write, record, learn, share that will have a direct impact in the classroom. This translates into building capacity, collaboration, owning your own learning, personalized PD and using technology effectively.”

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

“I am currently excited about being involved in two particular projects: the ONEDmentors program with VoicEd Radio and the Digital Human Library as well as the Digital Citizenship Summit (DigCitSummitCa) being held in Toronto this fall. ”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower? (ex what kinds of resources do you most often share)

“I typically share resources highlighting effective use of classroom technologies, collaboration and using technology effectively in the learning process.”

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

The Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast.

What kinds (topic) of resources are you currently searching for?

“Currently my main focus is on curating materials on effective collaboration, privacy as well as effective technology use in the classroom. ”

Stay “Cube Connected” on Cube For Teachers and be sure to follow Mark Carbone (markcarbone) 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: Kyle Pearce

August 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.

This month’s recognized educator on Cube For Teachers is Kyle Pearce (MathletePearce) who is considered one of Canada’s education leaders surrounding modern pedagogy for mathematics.

A bit about Kyle Pearce…

Kyle is the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where his passion for mathematics fuels him to uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense-making through the inquiry process using tasks that are contextual, visual and concrete. When he is not working on the next media-rich contextual math task, he is spending time with his wife and two children. He shares his most recent noticings, wonderings, reflections and resources in mathematics content knowledge and pedagogy by delivering workshops across North America and blogging on Tap Into Teen Minds, Math Is Visual, and  Twitter (@MathletePearce).

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

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

“Sparking curiosity in math class by using context, visuals and making math concrete.”

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

“I absolutely believe that everyone can be confident and proficient in mathematics if we continually spark student curiosity and help fuel their sense-making.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower? (ex what kinds of resources do you most often share)

“3 act math tasks such as those found at Tap Into Teen Minds – 3 Act Math Tasks, math visual animations such as those on Math Is Visual and much more!”

Tap Into Teen Minds

Math Is VIsual About Page Header

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

Real World 3 Act Math Tasks. This is a folder of 3 act math tasks that provide an opportunity for teachers to spark student curiosity and fuel their sense-making. 

Cube For Teachers

Stay “Cube Connected” on Cube For Teachers and be sure to follow Kyle Pearce (MathletePearce) 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.

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This Month’s Highlighted Educators: Megan Glass and Shauna Burnie

July 2018 Highlighted Educators

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 educators on Cube For Teachers are Megan Glass (mmglass) and Shauna Burnie (shaunaburnie) who have each provided educators with an endless supply of valuable teaching resources that focus on subject areas at the elementary level. Both Megan and Shauna are currently teacher candidates from Faculties of Education and Cube Interns.  Cube For Teachers offers internship opportunities to teacher candidates from around the world. 

We asked Megan and Shauna a few questions. Here’s what they shared…

Who is Megan Glass?

“I am currently a professional year student at Lakehead University in the concurrent Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science and Bachelor of Education program. I am an aspiring teacher and I enjoy helping students learn.”

Who is Shauna Burnie?

“I am just finishing up my fifth year at Lakehead University Orillia to receive my Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science and Bachelor of Education at the Primary Junior level. I am passionate about education, and moving on to do my two-year Masters Degree in Education this coming fall.”

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

Megan: “I am passionate about incorporating technology into the classroom. Technology not only keeps students engaged and interested in a lesson, it also provides students with the necessary technological skills they can take with them outside of the classroom. I am also passionate about learning the different ways that students learn. I make it my mission to find the different environments, teaching styles, activities, presentations, etc. that help students to learn better and adapt these methods into my teaching.”

Shauna: “Mental health. 100%. Without a body of mentally flourishing individuals, education cannot occur. We must take care of the mind before we take care of the brain.”

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

Megan: “Post graduation, I will be focusing on graduate studies in the Masters of Education program at Lakehead University.”

Shauna: “Last year I completed my thesis on the lack of mental health initiatives in postsecondary institutions, particularly satellite campuses. There is a critical need for improvement in order for both the institution and the student body to thrive together as a whole. We need to take care of our future professionals in order to ensure a healthy community.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower?

Megan: “The majority of my shared links are Science resources. To date, I have shared hundreds of resources on Cube – bringing all my findings to one location to share with others.”

Shauna: “The benefit that I would bring to another Cube follower is providing a variety of resources that teachers can use in their K-12 classrooms such as lesson plan ideas, activities, technology, and articles for PD.”

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

Megan: “My Science folders are chalk full of resources. It contains websites and applications that can be integrated into science lessons and engage students in meaningful learning. I also recommend accessing my Science Apps and Science Lessons folders as well.

Shauna: “Tech Tools to Tinker With – This folder highlights technology that teachers can bring into the classroom for students to use for their own benefit but also for teachers to use to create lessons and activities.

What resources are you currently searching for?

Megan: “I am currently searching for grade 3 resources. I would love to find some great math resources that provide lesson ideas, activity ideas, or applications that would make learning math more engaging.  As well, I am always looking for resources that help prepare students for EQAO.”

Shauna: “Technology, writing tools, math resources.”

Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?

Megan: “Cube for Teachers started out as an internship placement for a media course I am taking but now I would say that Cube for Teachers means more to me than that. The profile page is a great way to showcase to future employers the type of teacher I plan to be and the creative ways I plan on incorporating technology into the classroom. My profile has become a professional digital persona that I am proud to share with other educators. All of the important teaching resources that I have collected are permanently saved and easily accessible from anywhere. Also, Cube For Teachers has been most helpful when completing my assignments and creating lesson plans in my past placement. Whenever I plan on incorporating educational technology into the classroom, I consult the Cube to access their never ending reputable resources. The apps, websites, lesson plans, and activities have enhanced my assignments and lessons in ways that I never knew were possible. I will always be a Cube user and cannot wait to use it in my future teaching career.”

Shauna:  ”It has been a pleasure doing my internship with Cube For Teachers. It has opened my eyes to a variety of different resources as well as a way to organize my own resources through the addition of folders with the beta version. I hope to continue to expand my PLN as I meet more educators through Cube.”

Stay connected on Cube for Teachers and be sure to follow Megan Glass (mmglass) and Shauna Burnie (shaunaburnie) for additional resources.

On behalf of all educators in search of valuable resources, thank you, Megan and Shauna!

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

This Month’s Highlighted Educator: Heather Hickey

May 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 Heather Hickey (MissHickey) who has shared numerous resources on Cube pertaining to STEM, digital templates and numerous resources that support elementary classrooms.

We asked Heather a few questions. Here’s what she had to share…

Who is Heather Hickey?

“I am an elementary teacher with a passion for international teaching, inquiry, STEM and all things to get kids excited about learning.”

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

“I am really excited to be exploring deeper STEM activities with junior students. I am keen to get students excited with challenges in this area while Integrating metacognition activities with the students and have them thinking deeply about the process of design and inquiry.”

What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower?

“I often make use of digital templates and Hyperdocs with my students. I have them reflect and articulate how learning happens for them while exploring and collaborating how learning happens for others. Students use many of these templates and Hyperdocs to archive some of their selected works and reflections as parts of digital portfolios. I post many of these templates in my folders in Cube.”

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

HYPERDOCS templates, reflection and metacognition and digital portfolios.”

What resources are you currently searching for?

“Stem challenges.”

Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?

“In a world where education is a gift we should join our each other as educators and share and explore others resources, together we can grow education. Let’s make a world where teachers help teachers.“

Stay connected on Cube for Teachers and be sure to follow Heather Hickey (MissHickey) for additional resources.

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

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

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

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. Code.org 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.