Using Symbaloo to Stay Productive and Organized
If you’re anything like me, you visit a hundred websites a day. Ok, so maybe a 100 websites is a slight exaggeration, but it feels as if I visit 100 websites a day sometimes. I’ve tried several online bookmarking tools to help me keep track of all those URLs, but the one I’ve found to be the most useful (particularly with education) is Symbaloo.
Symbaloo stores my bookmarks “in the cloud” so that I can access my favorite sites from any device in any place with an internet connection. (Check out the app for iPhones/iPads and Android devices.) Also, instead of links or folders, Symbaloo uses colorful tiles that I can easily arrange and organize to create a visually appealing “webmix” (or layout). In addition to bookmarking links, I can also bookmark RSS feeds and quickly and easily read these feeds. Another awesome feature is that I can share my bookmarks with others. In education, this means that I can create a “webmix” of my class resources and share it with students. When I add tiles to my webmix, my students will automatically receive the updates in their own webmix. How cool, right? No more time is spent wasted in class while students search for or type in URLs!
This first video below is a quick introduction to Symbaloo from their YouTube channel. The second video is one I created to show more details about how to use Symbaloo with special attention paid to uses in education. It is also available on YouTube. Check them out and let me know what you think.
Ms. Computer Teacher (MCT) is a real technology teacher. She is 110% dedicated to her students and their understanding of technology as a tool to help them better learn and understand the world around them.
MCT's mission is to provide free resources to dedicated students anywhere in the world that support the use of technology as a tool for both learning and creative expression.
MCT is dedicated to minimizing the time teachers and parents spend learning the latest technology trying in vain to keep up with the kids. The resources created are primarily for students using student-input and tried-and-true classroom application. With students teaching themselves the technology, teachers' time is freed to focus on key content-area teaching.
Furthermore, it is MCT's belief that every child in the world with access to reliable Internet and a web-enabled device should create a digital (or "e-") portfolio that supports his or her growth in learning and achievements over time, as well as focuses on unique talents and abilities that make each child a special contributing member of society.