As some of you may know from my About Me page or from my recent iPad app reviews, I have been working with the EdTech start-up company Cube for Teachers. I have been really wanting to write a review of this EdTech resource, but wanted to wait a little while until I became more knowledgeable of the Cube's features. After a month of using Cube for Teachers, I am now ready to blog about this fantastic website for teachers to connect, share, and find online educational resources.
Cube for Teachers is an online database for teachers to share and organize their favourite online resources. I have recently started using Cube for Teachers and love that I can share all of the useful apps I recommend by linking them into the Cube. My favourite feature about the Cube is that you can share and find resources based on specific curriculum expectations. For instance, I am able to find resources that have been linked by other teachers in Ontario to meet the Ontario curriculum expectations. There are resources linked into the Cube for every subject and the overall expectations associated with that particular subject. Not only does this make it easier to share your resources to a more specific audience, but it further makes it easier to narrow in on what you are truly trying to find.
Sharing resources does not always have to be based on the curriculum when linking something into the Cube. Educators can also link different tools and technology that may be more cross-curricular such as assessment tools or classroom management tools. This has really helped me link different apps into the Cube that could be used for multiple subject areas such as mind mapping apps or apps to support differentiated instruction. Overall, the linking and finding process in Cube for Teachers is very fluid and easy for anyone to use!
One of the key features that differentiates Cube for Teachers from other online databases is its' exclusivity. Cube for Teachers only permits people with a board email to use the Cube. However, Cube for Teachers has opened its doors to higher education institutions like Brock University so that Teacher Candidates in Teacher Education programs can use the Cube to share and find resources. I know Brock University has now begun incorporating Cube for Teachers into their technology course for Teacher Candidates.
Overall, Cube for Teachers is a wonderful resource to help organize, share, and find resources for all of your classroom and teaching needs. I highly recommend using Cube for Teachers and trying to add some of your own favourite links! Collaboration amonst teachers is so important, and now that we live in the 21st century, EdTech companies like Cube for Teachers have launched very helpful digital platforms for teachers to really connect. Click on the Cube logo above to sign-up for free!