Teacher Review for SymbalooEDU

A Great Way to Organize Your 'Go-To' Sites. Make a Quick icon on Your Desktop

Debra J.
Technology coordinator
University School
fort lauderdale, FL
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
You can use this site in a variety of ways. You can have students with e-mail accounts create a list of all the sites they use, but I prefer to use this as a shortcut to the links that are important to my class. The idea struck me for my first grade classroom where I noticed a classroom teacher making a shortcut for each of the sites she wanted students to go to. You can image what the desktop looked like. Instead, I showed her my sample: http://www.symbaloo.com/shared/AAAAAUgvdx0AA41-4UGqDA== and she understood that she could clear up her desktop with one shortcut that will be saved online should anything happen to the computer. Our students use Blackboard for homework so this can also be linked inside a homework site if you want families to access at home.
My Take
As a teaching tool I have a ton of different 'creator' sites linked on my Symbaloo. Now, when a student needs digital ideas I direct them to my shortcut and they can easily choose between creating a poster, movie, recording, etc.