How I Use It
I used the website Symbaloo to directly link educational math games to enhance my student’s fluency in adding fluently 1-20. Symbaloo allowed me to link a direct url that sends the child directly to the game I wanted them to play. This was very beneficial as opposed to a child normally having to arrive to the website and then continuing thier search to find the particular game. This instantly reduced the probability of losing the website or pop up ads appearing. Additionally, I was able to find games that would adhere to all my learners. Furthermore, students were able to have a choice and voice on how they wanted to practice their math skills. Students used this during math stations to practice and strengthen current and past skills.
Students were extremely engaged during math centers. I set clear expectations of how to work Symbaloo and how to behave during the station. Since the students were so intrigued they quickly picked up how to work Symbaloo. Furthermore the student’s behavior was superb because they were so excited and eager to try out a variety of new games and didn’t want to lose this privilege. Students verbally spoke how they enjoyed having the options of games that were relevant to their learning and quick to find. It helped my classroom management and time because I didn't have to spend a ton of time on ensuring my students knew how to get to a certain game if they wanted to play a different one. Also, I loved how I was able to create one page to address one objective in a variety of entertaining ways. I was able to include games that touched upon the same skill but had different levels of difficulty thus creating an atmosphere where each child felt successful during their practice time. There was one downfall to the app Symbaloo. I had a hard time adjusting my apps in the particular order I wanted. It was not as user friendly as I would have liked it to be when I wanted my apps to have a certain amount of links and positioned in a specific order. Additionally, it was difficult for me to find how to remove the search engine from the middle of my Symbaloo page. In my opinion this hindered the visual appearance for my students. Other than that, the page is easy to link and have ready for students to use. I highly recommend using if you would like students to have choice and implement a fun way to practice particular subjects or skills.