#ecoo Cube for teachers

Cube for Teachers is a collaborative platform designed exclusively for Ontario educators. Here, K-12 teachers are sharing thousands of links pertaining to curriculum-based resources, digital tools and teaching strategies as well as creating powerful PLNs. In this session, teachers will participate in an interactive workshop to fully understand the power of effective collaboration and learn how the features are saving educators valuable time.

Professional bookmarking for teachers - and its free!
Professional bookmarking for teachers – and its free!
  • Based on Ontario curriculum – search by specific topic areas, includes teaching resources
  • search returns ranked by relevance
  • data is current and relevant
  • searches 4 data bases at the same time – Province – Board – Groups – Favourites
  • groups can be any topic and you can invite people in

register at Cubeforteachers.com


  • too many resources
  • too many providers
  • not enough time
  • not enough awareness

solution – use this as a resource for finding resources and contributing resources.  When you add a resource, you can tweet about it to create more awareness

David Miller


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go explore!


#ecoo13 Learning through global collaboration, exploration and innovation

Flat Stanley

Kristen Wideen @mrswideen

Learn to incorporate global collaborative projects with your primary students. Discover strategies and resources for engaging students in all curriculum strands with authentic student examples.This presentation will highlight resources for facilitating learning through global collaboration. Student blogging, global read alouds and collaborative projects will be explored in depth.

Support notes from Kristen

Thank you so much for attending my session.  If you have any questions or comments you can find me online in a lot of places.  Listed below are some of the ways you can get a hold of me:


Twitter: @mrswideen

Class Twitter: @mrswideensclass

Professional Blog:  Mrs. Wideen’s Blog

Email: mrswideen@gmail.com


Here are a few ways to connect with other classrooms.



Download Skype Here: http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/

Skype In The Classroom: https://education.skype.com

Mystery Number: Here


Twitter:  Download Here

Index of Twitter Chats: Here

Blog post about activities you can do with your class on Twitter:  I Created A Class Twitter Account, Now What?


Download Kidblog Here.

Download Edublogs Here.

Primary Blogging Community Here.

Quadblogging Here.

Collaborative Projects

Projects By Jen http://projectsbyjen.com

Epals http://www.epals.com


Skype or Google Hangout

Mystery Skype – skype to someone and you have to figure out where they live.  Students ask questions to the Skype connection

Mystery number – using Skype or Twitter – one class chooses a number the other class tries to figure it out.

Sharing an inquiry – any question can be explored between classes

Primary Blogging Community – project linking up classrooms to blog together – now has 80 classrooms working together K-4

What is the Primary Blogging Community?

The PBC is a community of primary teachers (children aged 5-10) that want to share their students’ learning via their classroom blog and their students’ personal blogs.  Classrooms will be grouped with 3 or 4 other classrooms from around the globe.  The program is 8 weeks long.  The first 4 weeks will concentrate on the classroom blogs only.  Each week, one of the classes will be the focus class and the other 3 classes will be visiting and commenting on the focus class blog.  The following week, the second class will be the focus class, and so on.   This is a chance for the other classes to see what is happening in your school and class, to discover where in the world you are located and to learn about how to write a good blog post and to watch how you model and work together to write good comments.  After the first 4 weeks, we switch the focus from your classroom blog and concentrate on student blogs.  The same rotations occur but the focus is solely on your student’s individual blogs.

Flat Stanley Project – everywhere that Flat Stanley went the students blogged about this.  Example of a multi-media Flat Stanley site

Here is a Flat Stanley blog

A key point for blogging – kids need an audience!  If you close your blog the students have no audience and they will lose interest.  Consider the potential of teaching other students around the world.  Kids need the feedback and comments.

Example of a project that connects – ePals


Forget Sony Pictures, Disney Films, or Warner Bros. Entertainment! You can have a Film Making Studio in Your Classroom!

One computer? No Problem! One Camera? No Big Deal! No Money? Easily solvable! Creating a “Movie Studio” environment is fun way to engage your students in demonstrating their learning in a dynamic and creative way. This session will explore ways that you can turn your classroom into a film studio that is capable be of producing Short Films, Documentaries, Zombie Movies, Cartoons, Stop Motion Animation, Shadow Puppetry, and so much more. Let’s turn our students into the next great filmmakers!

Students creating their ideas

preplanning process through storyboarding

Tools to use for movie making

  • smart phones all have movie making capabilities
  • video cameras
  • DSLR cameras
  • green screens
  • apps – pic stip (example)
  • apple computer – imovie

one camera – station

one camera and computer – use the computer for editing


shadowpuppetry – one or more cameras editing software, a lamp a white sheet, metal hangers, cut-outs  and time – lunch hours

Stop motion animation – 

tools – NFB Pixstop App or other stopmotion apps computers and cameras, smart phones with apps – iPads (1 per group of 2 kids)

subject – what we learned in the first 100 days – over 3000 pictures, students had to come up with the story, develop the story board, teacher helped with the editing


laptop needed, variety of subjects

Go! Animate http://goanimate4schools.com – software, but expensive



can use for a variety of purposes, best in small groups


Slideshows with Voiceovers

camera, movie-editing software, presentation software

used for example to make a presentation on the different celebrations at Christmas

can use powerpoint or imovie

Green Screens

green background – can put any picture in the background

need iMovie, Green Screen, Macbook Pro

work in small groups or whole class in sections

green screen



use of imovie

lots of feedback from the teacher

story boarding first

Popular Genres – mimicking popular movies

tools:  iPads


teaching how to develop a good story

finally…Jump Cuts festival in Toronto – students featured their work as part of TIFF

jump cut

Keynote Day Three Jamie Casap @jcasap

Keynote Day Three Jamie Casap @jcasap

Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models.

  1. Tech is not our solution. It’s what we do with it to make positive changes that will make all the difference. #ecoo13
  2. Great keynote by @jcasap at #ecoo13 – technology is not the silver bullet, education is.
  3. Don’t use tech to make our existing system more efficient; use it to transform our system. @jcasap #ecoo13
  4. 10 yrs ago we fought for unlimited copying access. Now we must have unfettered web access and iterate #ecoo13
  5. Excellent question! RT @nobleknits2: how do we teach our kids the perseverance for iteration? #ecoo13
  6. #ecoo13 tech is not a silver bullet but it is a damn good tool for changing things! t.co/2oAzVkqIaU
  7. The function of education is to teach one to THINK intensively and to think critically! @Jaimecasap @JeanMarcDupont7 #ecoo13
  8. We shouldn’t be teaching tech but using tech to teach. Technology should help us create new ways of doing things. @jcasap
    #ecoo13 #rcdsb
  9. “Teacher shouldn’t teach technology, rather use technology to teach.” @gcasap What is your goal? Decide on tech supports after. #ecoo13
  10. Don’t use tech to make our existing system more efficient; use it to transform our system. @jcasap #ecoo13
  11. We still think of broadband as “Nice to Have” VS “Absolutely Necessary”. Would u build a school with electricity only on floors 1&3?#ecoo13
  12. What we have now is the worst technology our 5 year olds will ever see. It’s their Commodore 64. lol @jcasap #ecoo13
  13. The role of the teacher used to be the Google of the classroom @jcasap #ecoo13

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#ecoo13 Friday Keynote – Jamie Casap @jcasap

Jaime Casap

Google Senior Edu Evangelist & Tech & Learning’s Most Influential. Hoodlum from Hells Kitchen focused on making edu the silver bullet and using tech as a tool!

Jamie Casap

Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers, and students across the globe. Jaime was named one of Tech & Learning’s Top 10 Most Influential in Education, and is a SXSWedu (South by Southwest) Distinguished Speaker.

Jaime serves on the Science Foundation Arizona Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors for New Global Citizens, is a member of the Digital Learning Council, and on the Executive Advisory Board for Arizona State University’s Department of Information Systems.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches graduate classes in leadership, innovation, and public policy.


For the longest time, your location determined your success in school.

Now, all the libraries are at our fingertips.

We have to ask the question, why does the grade 7 class today look the same as 20 years ago?

We haven’t switched our philosophy about what to do with this information.  Since the 1960’s we have been talking how technology will change education.

But now – we have the start of a new philosophy

  • Learning is personal – it doesn’t make sense that there is one model for all
  • Technology is totally ingrained into our lives – most of us use the web before we are even awake!
  • The web generation – technology is part of their lives – it has been all their lives.  How they learn is different from how we learned.  Their expectations are very different than ours.

Are we ready for this generation of kids?

What they have now – is the worst technology they will ever see – how do we deal with these expectations?

Now we need to ask kids – what problems do you want to solve?  The resources they have at their fingertips is unbelievable, se we need to teach them to be problem solvers.

There is only iteration, there is only the next step, it’s only iteration that counts in this world.  We want to be able to teach them to move things forward.

They need to know how to collaborate – this is more than working together, it is understanding another point of view.  It is to be able to sit there, listen to another person and change their mind.

Kids need to become digital leaders, not just consumers of content.  They need to create on-line.

They also need to be good searchers – most of us are.  Command F – can be used to find a specific item on a web site.  Our job as educators is to take information and turn it into intelligence.

What we also recognize – great change only comes about through education.  Teachers now will create what the next generation will look like – what the next level of intelligence will look like.

As administrators – we need to give our teachers space.  The most important person/factor in the room is the teacher not the technology.

We need to find out what professional development we need to keep these teachers current – that is how administrators can help.

Broadband and devices are now part of the infrastructure of the school – it has to be at the fingertips of the students.

Innovation must cause innovation – innovation is education- it is what we do with our technology

Can we imagine what technology will look like 2, 5, 10 years from now.  Education is the silver bullet, not technology.  Teachers need to use technology to teach, creating a new way of doing something.  Education is the only thing that can change society.  But we need to have new models to do this!

Finally, check out my storify in the next blog post!

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