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.

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.
Articles

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.)
Videos

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 www.cubeforteachers.com.

The team at Cube for Teachers
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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

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.

Code.org: Launched in 2013, Code.org® 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 Code.org 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: BotLogic.us 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 support@cubeforteachers.com

Happy Coding,

The Administrative Team
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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.

Code.org: Launched in 2013, Code.org® 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 Code.org 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+).