Teacher Review For SymbalooEDU

Great Bookmarking Tool for Younger Students

Lindsay F.
Content Support Resource Teacher (TOSA)
Vista Unified School District (Vista, CA)
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My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Symbaloo provides a lot of flexibility in how you use the tools. Students can curate their own Symbaloo webmixes with research on a particular topic. The teacher can organize tiles by color, topic, location on the screen, etc. and give students choice in the research they do. I have used Symbaloo to organize websites around particular areas (e.g., in social studies they are geography, government, religion, and social structure) and color coded these topics. Students then have choice in their research where they must select one or two sources in each color topic. The best part of using Symbaloo is the ease of use for students - they go exactly where I want them to go, and I spend much less time correcting their mis-typed web addresses or search terms.
My Take
With Symbaloo, you can create a virtual "placemat" of web links for students. There is a lot of flexibility in how you can sort and arrange individual tiles (links) and use with students. With the tiles, you can link websites, articles, videos, news sources, radio stations - you name it! You can also customize the tiles with the images, colors, and titles you want. This is a quick way to assemble a lot of links for students for easy access to exactly the content you want them to see.