One of my goals for 2017 is to frequently share resources and online tools with my coworkers and administrators and help them implement more technology within our school. To keep myself on track, I stole a popular idea (Tech Tip Tuesday) and adapted it for my use. I sent out my first tech tip via email on Tuesday. This week, I shared about Symbaloo EDU, which I have also written about in the Resources section on this website. The following is my information about Symbaloo and how I use it with my students:
One of my favorite FREE online tools is Symbaloo, specifically Symbaloo EDU. Symbaloo is a website and an app that helps you remember, organize, and manage your online resources. In other words, it is a tool that saves your internet bookmarks so you can access them from any device! I often work from different devices throughout my day (school computers, laptop, tablet, phone) and need access to various websites for both school and personal use. This tool allows me to access a web resource regardless of what device I originally saved it on. Symbaloo helps save and organize resources by allowing you to create a Webmix (or multiple Webmixes) that is stored in the cloud. Below is a Webmix I created with links to EdTech Tools for Teachers. Each icon on the ONLINE VERSION of the Webmix is a link to that particular website.
I have also found uses for Symbaloo with my classes. Before doing a short unit on the basics of computer coding, I created a “Coding for Kids” Symbaloo Webmix (shown below). I shared the link to this Webmix with my students via our class Edmodo page and told them they could try any of the coding websites linked there. This gave them freedom to choose what type of coding they wanted to learn and also gave them a resource for learning coding on their own time.
Another Webmix (shown below) I created for my students gives them links to different “presentation and/or infographic creation” websites. After we cover Microsoft PowerPoint, I like to show them similar tools that are available online. We usually do at least one project using the websites on this Webmix, and I let them choose which one they would like to use.
Symbaloo is an easy way to share any online resources with students. For instance, if you would like your students to only use specific websites for a research project, you can create a Symbaloo with links to those webpages.
I am not going to go into the specifics of creating a Webmix here, but if you like what you see, go to www.symbalooedu.com or download the Symbaloo App and create an account. It does not take a lot of time to set up your first Webmix. Additionally, many awesome Webmixes have already been created by teachers, and you can use them without having to create your own!
High School Business & Technology Teacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma.
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