What is Symbaloo?Symbaloo is a free social bookmarking tool. Pro versions are available, but will cost you $10 a month. It is a fun and simple way to organize and store all those digital resources in the cloud.
Check it out: www.symbaloo.com
How can Symbaloo help teachers?Symbaloo will allow teachers to curate content and share the very best websites with students. Teachers can create boards about a certain subject, lesson, or topic they are covering in class. Teachers can create a webmix - store all your links and share it one time with your students, and all your students will get automatic updates when you make changes.
As many schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD environment, teachers are required to use technology in the classroom. Many teachers begin to find a ton of resources online, but have no way to organize for student use or to share with others. Symbaloo is the answer to this daunting task.
Symbaloo is very easy to use and keeps your resources organized.
Ways to use Symbaloo in the Classroom
1. Share Symbaloo with Students and Parents
Share links with students and parents one time, and they will get automatic updates when you make changes or add new links.
2. Embed a Symbaloo (Webmix) in your Classroom Website or Blog
You can embed your Symbaloo into your websites to share all your favorite websites/links with your students. Sixth graders sharing their Symbaloo with the world below in the image.
3. Create Real Products for a Real Audience
Students can create their own Symbaloo and share their learning space with their most used websites, such as their blog, social networking sites, classroom blog, and school website. They can also embed presentations, videos, and google docs into their webmix. This would be a great way for students to share info about a topic they are researching.
By having students create their own Symbaloo they are not searching all over the web for their content everyday because it is all in one place. This will save a teacher time in the classroom from having to constantly wait until everyone gets to the website or video.
Video of a student explaining how she uses Symbaloo:
4. Professional Development Sites for Teachers
Use Symbaloo to share teacher resources with others and cut down the hours of searching for great sources to use with your students.
5. Digital Portfolios/Student Work
Use a Symbaloo to showcase student work and check out #symchat- SymbalooEDU Twitter chat. This Twitter chat discusses how to share students' digital portfolio. If you are not a part of Twitter then you are missing out on a wealth of information for teachers.
6. Create Classroom Playlist (Videos)
If you use videos in your classroom and you are not using Symbaloo, then you are wasting a lot of valuable time. Cut down the time trying to type in a website or have students search for a video. You can create a webmix with your video playlist and embedded within your Symbaloo. The videos will open up from the Symbaloo platform and
Ted Talks Playlist with Symbaloo:
7. Create customized Lesson Plans with Symbaloo
Teachers can create a Symbaloo covering subject areas or particular lessons they are studying in class.
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