What is Symbaloo?
Symbaloo is a great free tool you can use to create multiple tables or tiles to organise web links of one sort or another. It thus becomes a visual curation tool or a visual bookmarking tool. Symbaloo can be found at http://www.symbalooedu.com/ if you are a teacher. by joining here you can enrol your students as well.
Symbaloo creates ‘webmixes’ which are basically a collection of your bookmarks. It also has already created tiles of popular websites so that if you want to use those to save time they are there for you.
I decided to create a Symbaloo to use as an index page for 30 posts I had created on our SchoolNet blog under the headings of “30 Days of Webtools #1…” etc.
Here is a Slideshare of the process outlining the steps I used.
Here is my completed Symbaloo
This is my completed Symbaloo. Unfortunately a Symbaloo has to operate from the Symbaloo host page so to get there simply click on the image below.
Uses for Symbaloo in the classroom
1) You can find out what other Symbaloo users are doing and learn from them using the easy Share and Gallery options.
2) You can create a starter page of Intenet sites for your students to use on a project – or your students can create their own.
3) Symbaloo opens its tiles in a new window so that the original always remains as a reference point. It can be used really well with webquests.
4) As a teacher you can save your favourite tools so that they are always handy for you to use.
5) You can use it like I did as an Index post for a number of blog posts you have created around a topic.
6) I love the way this teacher uses Symbaloo in his kindergarden class.
7) Listen to this Grade 7 student from the post http://fishingforedtech.com/2012/03/01/4-ways-to-use-symbalooedu/ showing what she does with Symbaloo