Oldie, but a goodie! Check out this blog post we made for EduBlogs on the 6+ ways to use Symbaloo in the classroom:
1. Share Classroom Website with Your Students and Parents
How do you share links with your students and parents? We’ve heard stories of teachers constantly adding new links to their classroom website, Google Docs, or sending out several emails a day. What if you can store all your links in one place and then share it at one time, and all your students will get automatic updates when you make changes? Would this improve your productivity?
Symbaloo Webmixes are a great way to share all of your favorite online resources with your students. When you share your webmix, Symbaloo will generate a link for you to share with others to use to access your webmix. Best of all, when you make changes, all you have to do is press the update button and those changes will appear automatically on all of your students accounts! You can create webmixes yourself on Symbaloo or find a pre made webmix at the Symbaloo Gallery.
2. Customize Your Lesson Plans with Symbaloo
Teachers are using Symbaloo to curate resources for lesson plans by creating a webmix for each subject that they teach. You can then use those resources on lessonplans.symbaloo.com to create a game-style learning path for your students. On Symbaloo Learning Paths, you will be able to blend your resources into custom paths and make your students accountable by assigning quiz questions! You can use Symbaloo Learning paths in the classroom or while learning virtually. Read more about virtual learning HERE.
3. Create Personal Learning Environment For Your Students
Teachers are preparing students for the global marketplace by teaching digital citizenship, and teaching students how to navigate and organize resources from a variety of different sources.
With Symbaloo, students can customize their own learning space. Students can create their own Symbaloo webmixes with their most frequented websites, such as their school email account, personal blog, social networking sites, classroom blog, and school website. They can curate content for research projects or classroom projects as well, by embedding Youtube videos, Prezi presentation, and Google Doc in a webmix.
4. Use Symbaloo in Your Library
There are many fun and creative ways to use Symbaloo in your library. Teacher-librarians are the most creative Symbaloo educators.
Shannon Miller, Teacher-Librarian at Van Meter Elementary in Iowa uses Symbaloo to create “VM Library Resources“. The webmix contains the Van Meter Library Site, Destiny, Mackin VIA, and the Iowa AEA Online Resources like Britannica, iClipArt, and CultureGrams. Shannon include reading sites, Web 2.0 tools, digital citizenship sites like Professor Garfield and NetSmartz, and lots of fun websites for her students. She shares her Symbaloo with her school community through emails, teacher newsletter, the Van Meter Library VOICE and social media profiles, but she also set it as a homepage for all desktops in the computer lab.
5. Professional Development Sites for Teachers
Recently, New York Institute of Technology and New York State Teacher Centers partnered with Symbaloo to collaborate and organize resources for Common Core. New York use Symbaloo PRO version to share state resources with New York educators. Using Symbaloo PRO is a great way to conduct PD with your teachers. Check out our certification programs here.
6. Using Symbaloo as a School Dashboard
When you are a Technology Specialist working with 2-3 tech tools, it’s easy to keep track and share with your teachers. Technology Specialist, Robert Petitto, works to train teachers to use 7-8 different technology, the amount of tools and resources are overwhelming. Schools and districts can use Symbaloo as a dashboard to place tech tools and resources in one page so teachers can access them daily. Try out the Symbaloo PRO account for free for 30 days HERE.
For more useful tips, check out the rest of the blog here.