How to use Cube for Teachers to manage your teacher resources

Click on a topic below to learn how to use Cube for Teachers to organize your teaching resources in an efficient manner. Whether you are using it to find, store or keep track of your favourite K-12 teaching resources, Cube for Teachers meets your needs!


Video Tutorials


Video 1: How to Perform a Search for Curriculum Resources

Video 2: The Dashboard: Favourites & On Deck

Video 3: Searching for Tools and Technology

Video 4: Multi Resource Links

Video 5: Adding a Link


Table of Contents



Favourites Area


How do I add a resource to my favourites?
1) From the "Add a Link" page:
Teachers have the option to add online resources to their favourites by checking the "Add to my favourites" box just prior to submitting their link.
2) When Searching:
Relevant search results will appear at the bottom of your search query. Each resource has an "add" icon next to it so that you may add it to your favourites area. Clicking the add button will retrieve the resource as well as display all the parameters used to identify the site. Before adding it to your favourites, you are given the opportunity to edit any of the fields to your personal satisfaction. Your favourites are only visible to you and not other members of the community.


On Deck Area


This feature basically allows the user to temporarily extract up to 30 resources from their personal favourites area for quick access in the classroom. This feature allows users to have their relevant resources on a platform and on standby.


Single Resource Links


Single resource links are sites that can be categorized by one resource. Examples include one lesson, one video or one worksheet that can be connected to your ministry curriculum. The purpose of these sites is so that teachers can search, grab and go. This differs from multiple resource links, which may include numerous resources on a web site. When we all follow this Golden Rule, it fosters a more powerful and efficient database.


Multi Resource Links


Multiple resource links are web sites that contain numerous links that direct a user to other resources. Such resources may include links to other websites, a collection of worksheets for all grades, an array of lesson ideas, or perhaps a library of other resources. Multiple resource links may be difficult to categorize by specific ministry curriculum due to the numerous resources that they contain. As we know multi resource links can lead to further links and resources. Therefore, we have given multiple resource links their own specific area and special fields - separate from single resource links. If you would like to share a valuable multiple resource link, please click on the multi resource link button.


Keywords


Up to 10 keywords can be used in a search or when adding a resource. Searching by keywords not only filters through the database against all other keywords, but it also searches all abstracts, titles and web addresses.

  1. i) If you want to include keywords in your search, add a plus sign (+) in front of each keyword. This ensures that those keywords MUST end up in the search return (i.e. +nucleus +atom).
  2. ii) If you want to exclude something use a dash or minus sign (-) before the keyword (i.e. -cells).
  3. iii) For a string of words or phrases use quotes (i.e. "global warming").


Report a Link


Should you encounter something that requires attention, simply click on the report link icon (stop sign) next to the resource and choose one of the available options. Please do not hesitate if you feel the site requires attention. Our curriculum team is on standby and ready to review any reports.


ISBN Number


When adding a link, a Cube user may be able to make a connection between their single resource link and any book they use in their classroom. As an example, a teacher may find a valuable web tutorial on YouTube that ties in nicely with a section of their math or science textbook. This feature allows a user to make this connection. When they add the web resource they simply type the relevant ISBN (and section) to connect the two together.


Adding a Link


Any teacher in The Cube community can add a link of an online educational resource. To begin, we strongly advise that all users first read through the Golden Rules. Always try to identify your resource as accurately as possible and include ministry curriculum where appropriate. All online resources added are anonymous. Once you have filled in the fields to the best of your knowledge, click the "Add a Link" button at the bottom of the page.



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