Late this summer, I was invited to test out the new Group feature that Cube for Teachers was incorporating into their excellent resource for Ontario Educators. I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I reviewed and blogged about the initial release of the online resource. At the time, there was a concern from a reader that the service would become pay for use and Cube for Teachers replied that they would remain free and there’s no indication that has changed.
The concept of groups really leverages the service.
It now goes beyond the original concept of a repository – now you can use the area as a collaboration space for writing teams, planning groups, NTIP, … Rather than rehashing my thoughts, what follows below is the announcement from Cube for Teachers.
There are a lot of repositories online but this grouping feature makes the Cube for Teachers really unique. Keep that in mind if you’re ever working on a project that requires pulling resources together. Even if you’re not ready for that yet, it’s still a nicely organized resource for Ontario teachers.
As over 1800 teachers across the province have already discovered, Cube for Teachers allows teachers to search for, share, and save links to internet resources which will help them meet the needs of their students.
And now, Cube for Teachers has introduced a powerful new feature: Groups. Teachers across the province can now invite other teachers to form professional learning networks (PLNs) inside Cube for Teachers.
The Group feature within Cube for Teachers can be used:
a) to share resources
b) to share teaching ideas
c) for professional development
d) as a forum for discussions on important educational topics
Reasons Why Educators Will Want to Use the Groups Feature:
1. Ontario teachers can now connect with others throughout the province on specific topics or other areas of interest.
2. School departments can collaborate on resources for various courses.
3. School administrators can invite their staff to form groups for professional development.
4. Subject Council members can share ideas, resource links and next steps.
5. Administrators can form PLNs with other administrators.
6. School Family representatives can support each other and share ideas.
7. Faculties of Education instructors can establish networks for their teacher candidates to share ideas, resource links, and support each other.
8. New teachers (NTIP) can offer support and ideas for each other.
9. Teachers can form groups to continue collaborating after an in-service.
10. The Groups Feature helps make Cube for Teachers the one-stop shop for Ontario teachers to collaborate!
We welcome all Ontario educators to register with Cube For Teachers and try our latest feature! Remember that The Cube is a secure community designed exclusively for Ontario teachers. Teacher can search for, share, and save links based on grade, course, subject, and expectations based on the Ontario Curriculum.
And please, spread the word! Refer a friend. Let others know what a fabulous website www.cubeforteachers.com has become. The greater the number of teachers who register and contribute to the website, the more valuable it will be to you!
- Twenty Tips for Success for New Teachers (teachingwithsoul.wordpress.com)