How I Use It
Tizmos is a great visual bookmarking site. In its simplest form, teachers can use it as a 'one-stop-shop', central bookmarking place for students to access frequently used websites. I helped an entire grade level of second grade teachers set up, create, and maintain a Tizmo account that they populated with websites students accessed during independent and group center time. The visual pictures that accompany the website address helped even the lowest readers find what they were looking for without needing to interrupt a teacher for help. A basic, free tizmos account is limited in the number of bookmarks it can handle (30) and only offers one general folder. However, for this group, the free account was plenty. It was also a great way to share 'how to help at home' sites with parents - simply by providing the tizmos account address, parents could access many websites that were grade level appropriate for their children to use at home.
Tizmos is a great way for teachers to bookmark sites and share with students, parents, and colleagues with one simple web address. The free version, while sufficient for many needs, does not allow for the richness that this web tool can provide. The paid version allows teachers to have multiple folders (which could be used for different subjects, or topic specific resources) and it also allows for more than 30 tizmos (or bookmarks). I highly recommend a basic tizmos site for early elementary classroom teachers as a visual way for their young readers to be able to work and explore independent of their immediate supervision.