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.

 

“First Day” Teaching Resources

As you prepare for a busy and exciting school year ahead, Cube for Teachers wants to help by providing you with useful “first day” teaching resources.

With over 33 000 K-12 web resources shared by a growing number of Ontario teachers, here are a few “first day” activities and strategies to help get you started:

Fun Activities: Get the School Off to a Good Start: Here are 13 activities from Education World to help teachers get to know student strengths, set the classroom tone, observe student interaction, or just provide a little fun.

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year:  Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child’s learning.

36 Interesting Ways to Get to Know Your Class:  This Google Slide is a collection of various icebreakers shared by teachers.

7 First Day of School Activities Students Love: Here are a few icebreakers from Teach Hub to try to get the school year off to a great start.

Critical First Week of High School: This resource from Scholastic highlights some strategies for building rapport and setting expectations from day one.

Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days: Are you looking to introduce iPads on the first few days of school?  Whether it’s 1:1 or shared devices, this resource from Edutopia highlights a few strategies to get you started.

100 Classroom Organizing Tricks:  This blog from Scholastic includes 100 teacher tips for creating a well-organized and efficient classroom environment.

Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community: Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

New Teachers: Creating a Shiny, Happy Lesson: Cheryl Mizerny develops a classroom that does not require a system to handle misbehavior because it so rarely occurs. No checkmarks on the board, no list of consequences, no rewards. Just engaged, productive, friendly students.

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms:  Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

For more “first day” and “back to school” resources, check out Cube for Teachers under the topic area “Other Teaching Resources”. All resources found within Cube for Teachers have been shared by teachers throughout Ontario.

Wishing you all the best on your school year startup.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com

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
www.cubeforteachers.com

Reflection: FETC 2015

    By Susan Kwiecien: Co-Founder of Cube for Teachers

The FETC Conference

Recently, I attended one of America’s largest Edtech conferences with colleagues from Ontario.  FETC   (Florida Educational Technology Conference)  is an international conference for the integration of education technology into the K-20 school community that had over 9000 attendees and showcased 480 vendors (video). I was amazed by the number of sessions running throughout the day – people gathering to share their learning in conference rooms, concourse hallways and even on the exhibit floor. There was definitely no shortage of learning going on!

By attending FETC, I was delighted to see that no matter which side of the border educators reside, we all share one goal in common – strategies and resources to best support our precious learners.

Many teachers I met were on a quest to find relevant teaching resources. Sessions that shared resources appeared to be very popular to educators. As these resources were presented, I was simultaneously checking inside Cube for Teachers and saw that the majority had already been shared. It was a testament to teachers using Cube for Teachers, that they have been sharing valuable web resources.

I will be sharing many of these resources in upcoming Cube for Teachers blogs.

Tom Whitby

Tweetups

The FETC experience is not solely an 8am-5pm experience. There are usually PD events that extend into the evening as these events are also about building one’s network and collaborating with peers. As a result, I attended a fantastic ‘tweetup’ and  connected with many people I’ve come to know through my Twitter PLN such as Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) and Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) who have co-authored a book called, “The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning” that discusses the importance of connecting with educators online.

A great book…I highly recommend it.

While at the tweetup, I also bumped into Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1), who has compiled an extensive list of subject and topic specific resources on his website (cybraryman.com). If you’ve ever participated in an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, you’ve likely seen him sharing valuable resources with educators. It was great to learn that Cube for Teachers already has a place on Jerry’s Canadian resource page. Thank you Jerry.

Cyrbaryman

Cybraryman - Jerry Blumengarten

In Canada, our next big EdTech conference will be Connect 2015 (@CanConnectEd). It is the Canadian National Conference that connects educators with technology for 21st Century teaching and learning. This year will be The Cube’s 3rd year attending and participating at this event. We look forward to reconnecting with our Canadian and American PLN.

New to The Cube?

Cube for Teachers (@cubeforteachers) is a collaboration portal for educators and contains nearly 25 000 shared web resources and continues to grow on a daily basis as teachers continue to share their most favourite links.

Best regards,

Susan Kwiecien
Co-Founder of Cube for Teachers

Technology Resources for Teachers and ECOO 2013

Cube for Teachers is now considered by many Ontario K-12 educators as their central hub for effective collaboration.  Since its release in late 2011, thousands of Ontario teachers are now collaborating and sharing links in The Cube.

A quick note: Cube for Teachers will be attending and presenting this year at the ECOO 2013: “Bring IT Together” conference from October 23-25 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. If you are attending, be sure to drop by and get a sneak peak of our upcoming features. It is a fantastic conference for teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their classrooms. We highly recommend it! Click here for more information.

In light of the upcoming conference, we thought we’d dedicate this blog to some wonderful technology tools that have recently been shared by teachers in Cube for Teachers. There are now several thousand links shared inside Cube for Teachers by K-12 educators throughout the province. 


Drawing Tool:
Wordle

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and colour schemes.

Presentation Tool: ViewPure
With ViewPure, you can watch YouTube videos with your students without comments, suggestions, etc. Simply add your YouTube link and receive a ViewPure link to post.

Audio Tool: Freesound
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.

Image Tool: Pixlr
Pixlr is a free online photo editor. It is available for many platforms including Windows, MacOS, iPhone, Android.

Math Tool: MyScript© Calculator app (Apple, Android)
MyScript© Calculator performs mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting. Easy and intuitive, simply write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.

Image Tool: Iconfinder
This is an icon search engine with over 345 000 icons to select from.

Collaborative Tools & Social Spaces: Wikispaces Classroom
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education. Wikispaces Classroom is free for teachers and students with well over 10 million registered teachers and students already on the platform.

Lastly, thank you for sharing Cube for Teachers with your colleagues.  Even when teachers each share one or two of their favourite links, the compounding effect has lead to thousands of amazing educational links – all in one location. The Cube allows a teacher to spend more of their valuable time “with” their students rather than tireless searches for resources.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com

Our Newest Topic Area Has Just Been Released!

Firstly, we’d like to welcome the hundreds of new users who have recently joined Cube for Teachers. We are Ontario’s only curriculum-based social bookmarking community designed exclusively for the Ontario educator.

Here’s what’s new!

A third platform within Cube for Teachers has just been released whereby teachers can now share non-curriculum resource links to various topics including:

Teaching strategies
Classroom management
Assessment and evaluation
Effective ways of integrating technology
Student engagement
Anti-bullying resources
Education trends
First-day teaching resources
Special event/holiday resources
Policies
And more….

This new topic area is called “Other Teaching Resources” and sits between the two existing topic areas: “Curriculum-Based Resources” and “Tools and Technology”.

With “Other Teaching Resources”, teachers now have an organized platform to effectively store, search and save links to all their non-curricular teaching resources which include websites, blogs, videos, apps, infographics, etc.

A quick note to Ontario educators who write blogs:

Adding your blog links your way will ensure that users who search for you will effectively retrieve your web resources. As an example, be sure to add your name somewhere in the entry so that teachers can search for you by name and have your blog entries appear in a quick, organized search return.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com

Cube Communities

Welcome to Cube Communities.

As many teachers across Ontario have already discovered, Cube for Teachers has quickly become the most exciting new website where Ontario teachers meet to collaborate to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.

Cube for Teachers allows teachers to search for, save, and share links to Internet resources based on the Ontario Curriculum. Teachers can use a powerful search engine to search for resources based on Grade, Subject, Course, Strand, and Expectation.

The exciting news is Cube for Teachers has recently introduced a Groups Feature!  Teachers can now form professional learning networks to which they can invite other teachers to join. Within the groups, teachers can share resources and participate in discussions on various educational topics.

To introduce teachers to the Groups Feature, we have created “Cube Communities”. These communities are groups based on a common theme. Our first Cube Communities include:

Tools and Technology for Teachers
Interactive Math Resources
Neat Science Links
Kindergarten Resources and Idea Sharing

To become part of Cube’s expanding free educational communities, simply click on the communities above.

See you in The Cube.

Sam Mercurio,
Cube for Teachers Admin
cubeadmin@cubeforteachers.com

 

Tools and Technology Has Just Arrived!

Great News! Cube for Teachers is expanding! We have added Tools and Technology to the list of topics for teachers to explore.

Originally released in October 2011, Cube for Teachers is a social bookmarking and collaborative community in which teachers can share, search for, and store, links to valuable online resources that will help them meet the needs of their students.

Any member of the Cube for Teachers community can anonymously add a favourite link to the resource bank. As more and more teachers add links, Cube for Teachers will become a one-stop-shop for Ontario teachers looking for Internet resources.

Cube for Teachers is unique and truly cutting edge technology. It brings Ontario educators together to collaborate and share resources. Why reinvent the wheel when other teachers have shared resources that they have found useful for the classroom?

Now Cube for Teachers has become even more valuable! With the addition of the Tools and Technology topic, teachers can search for tools such as Audio Tools, Collaborative Tools, Math Tools and Video Tools. Simply click on “Topic” and select “Tools and Technology”.

If you haven’t already registered, what are you waiting for? Cube for Teachers can save hours of your valuable time and enrich the experience of your students. If you are already a member, check out the new Tools and Technology topic, and start sharing links. The more teachers share their resources, the more powerful this new technology will become.

Happy Searching!

The Administrative Team

www.cubeforteachers.com