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. 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.

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.)

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

The team at Cube for Teachers


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

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
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. Launched in 2013,® 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 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: 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

Happy Coding,

The Administrative Team

“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.


The Administrative Team

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

3 Non-Fiction Story Apps

by Rochelle Tkach, OCT



Looking for apps that focus on reading?  This blog highlights three non-fiction story apps recently shared in Cube for Teachers.

One Minute Reader App: Fluency, Vocabulary, & Comprehension App!

The One Minute Reader app offers a fantastic digital platform for students to improve their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. It is designed with 6 different levels for students to work between and read a variety of non-fiction books. I would generally recommend this app for grades 3-6, but it can definitely be used in other grades depending on your students’ reading levels. The app has a placement feature that helps teachers determine where students fall within the One Minute Reader levels. After students have been placed, this app calculates students’ initial fluency by timing how many words they can read from a story in one minute. The app then scaffolds students to build their fluency by reading along with the app and practicing vocabulary. The app provides immediate feedback to show how well students improved after practice. One Minute Reader further builds students’ comprehension by asking 3-4 questions after the story. There is also a great reward system built into One Minute Reader! This app has been shared into the Cube for Teachers database as a curriculum resource for Language Arts. To read the full review of One Minute Reader, go to Teaching with EdTech blog.

News-O-Matic App: The Daily Newspaper just for Kids!  

News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper just for kids! It is a fantastic app to enhance global literacy because students are reading age appropriate non-fiction articles about events happening all over the globe. Daily, there are 5 new articles for students to interact with and read. The app goes beyond just text on an iPad screen. Students can tap difficult words to hear a definition. They can click the “Read to Me” option to differentiate their own instruction. The app further provides a picture slideshow and video for every article to make the experience multi-modal and interactive. A fantastic feature of the app is the little globe in the corner that students can click. This globe takes students to the place in the world where the article is situated in. This is such a great way for students to learn about simple facts from around the globe and provide some context for the article they are reading. News-O-Matic further has a school app (as shown above) where teachers can track students’ progress of what articles they have read and how well they did with the multiple choice questions at the end of each article. I have shared the News-O-Matic app as a curriculum resource for Language Arts in the Cube for Teachers database. Discover more about News-O-Matic on their webpage.

HMH Readers APP


HMH Readers is another fantastic app for students to practice reading on the iPad. This app has a variety of leveled books and the option to sort books based on your students’ current grade level. Once you know the leveled books that fall under your students’ grade level, you can then sort them by this level to discover even more books. This app provides a variety of non-fiction and fiction stories for students to read. The app has built-in features to differentiate instruction such as a “Read to Me” option. HMH Readers further provide a glossary at the end of books to help build students’ vocabulary. Many of the books also have extension activities at the end of the book that students can complete to expand their understanding and demonstrate their comprehension of the text. I have recently shared the HMH Readers app as a curriculum resource for grades K-6 Language Arts in the Cube for Teachers database. Discover more about HMH Readers on their webpage.

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 25 000 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.


3 Must-Have Apps for Any Subject!

by Rochelle Tkach, OCT


As a teacher in the 21st century, it is extremely difficult to sift through all of the EdTech apps, software, and websites. Thanks to Cube for Teachers, searching for resources is quick and easy as teachers continue to share their favourite web resources into the collaborative database.

It has become apparent that school boards are really looking for apps that are cost effective and can be used across disciplines. After reflecting on this notion, I have narrowed down three must-have apps to use in any subject that have recently been shared in Cube for Teachers.

Create. Interact. Share. Educreations Interactive Whiteboard App!

Educreations is an interactive whiteboard for students to use on tablets. Much like a SMART Board, Educreations is a learning platform that enhances the multi-modal features of touch-based technologies. However, as an app, Educreations allows individual or small groups of students to personalize work from tablets. Students are able to upload pictures, label concepts, write thoughts with ink tools, record thinking or communicating in groups, and share work through links or emails. Educreations further allows for multiple slides within the app so that students can expand their work beyond one screen of a tablet. Educreations can essentially be a digital platform for students to work on in any discipline. It is not a content specific app so students can complete anything from a science lesson to a math lesson through this app. To read more about how Educreations can be used in your next lesson, read the full iPad app review on Teaching with EdTech blog.

Engage. Assess. Digitize. Socrative!


Socrative is a virtual response system, which is designed between two apps. There is a student view and a teacher view. The teacher view allows teachers to assess students in different ways. Educators are able to formatively assess students throughout a lesson by choosing the Quick Question system. The Quick Question option allows for on the spot polling. This means that students would enter their classroom on the student Socrative app and respond through multiple choice, true or false, or short answer. The type of question students answer depends on what the teacher has selected. Socrative also has the feature for teachers to create their own quizzes through the teacher app. Overall, this app is a valuable teaching tool for educators since it is able to assess students on any knowledge across disciplines. To read more about how Socrative can enhance your assessment practices, read the full iPad app review on Teaching with EdTech blog.

Students DITCH the Pen & Pencil with Penzu Classroom!

Penzu’s simplicity is easy for any teacher to begin incorporating digital tools into the classroom. This app offers a digital platform for students to write journal entries and add “paper clip” pictures to their digital entry. Penzu looks like a simple piece of lined paper (much like the ones in school notebooks) where students can type their journal responses instead of writing with pencil and paper. This simple interaction with a digital tool is usually enough to hook and motivate the current generation of students. Penzu can further be used across disciplines and is not a content specific app. It is an extremely versatile app since journal writing is a teaching method that can be incorporated into any subject. To read the more about how Penzu can reinvent journal writing for your students, read the full iPad app review on Teaching with EdTech blog.

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. To date nearly 25 000 web resources have been shared in Cube for Teachers by educators.

If you’re interested in writing for Cube for Teachers, email us with your ideas.

For additional inquiries, contact Susan Kwiecien, Co-Founder of Cube for Teachers.


6 Great Apps to Support Pre-Writing

by Rochelle Tkach, OCT


Here is an overview of six apps recently shared in Cube for Teachers that support Language Arts Writing (pre-writing/ brainstorming) and potential cross-curricular connections to other subject matter.


Image result for corkulous

Corkulous, is where your traditional bulletin board meets the digital world!  This virtual bulletin board makes a great digital brainstorming environment for students to throw around ideas, make connections between information, and classify points. Some of the app features include sticky notes, cue cards, label arrows, checklist templates, and more! Students are also able to upload photos to help support their brainstorming ideas and spark inspiration.  Learn more.

MindMeister:Image result for mindmeisterMindMeister provides a more advanced digital platform to brainstorm and even pre-write. One of the best features of MindMeister is how it supports a collaborative network. People can be added to edit and share on a mind map using their email. Through cloud technology, students, teachers, or administrators can edit and share their ideas together around a particular topic. Learn more.


Popplet is another wonderful mind mapping app for students to brainstorm ideas on potential topics or to demonstrate what they have learned. An important feature of Popplet is its’ ability to have students collaborate within the same network. Much like the app, MindMeister, discussed above, students can share their ideas by making comments, uploading pictures, and connecting information. Learn more.

Pic Collage:

Pic Collage provides a unique and more simplified way for students to organize their ideas through pictures. Pic Collage could be used as a way to differentiate the pre-writing stage for students who may struggle to express their thoughts in written form. Pic Collage at least gets the ideas flowing for these students and could help scaffold them towards richer ideas for a story. Learn more.


On Stickyboard, students are able to use sticky notes to write their ideas and begin to make connections about a topic. One of the unique features about Stickyboard is its dual function as a white board! Students can then organize their sticky notes through connecting lines, diagrams, columns, or through arrows. Learn more.


Inspiration allows students to begin pre-writing through mind-maps and further provides many pre-made mind mapping templates in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. All of these mind maps have built in graphics and symbols to support the pre-writing or brainstorming process. The app further allows students to record audio within the mind map to explain their thinking and communicating of ideas. Learn more.

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. To date nearly 25 000 web resources have been shared in Cube for Teachers by educators.

If you’re interested in writing for Cube for Teachers, email us with your ideas.

For additional inquiries, contact Susan Kwiecien, Co-Founder of Cube for Teachers.