Facilitating the Use of Technology in the Classroom
A while back I heard about Symbaloo and gave it a try. The site provides a way to store links, organized in pages of icons. It’s an alternate visual presentation for a page of links on a subject for students. (I also use fur.ly for this purpose in the lower grades. See previous test drive post.)
Following in the tradition of other great sites, Symbaloo has an educational area – always appreciated! While it is not difficult to learn and set-up, I did begin to follow a weekly session with a Symbaloo ed rep, but couldn’t make all of the online meetings. For this reason, I’m sure I haven’t tried all the tools available on the site, but I did get a good start. I created a Symbaloo page of my own and also linked up a couple of others that I wanted to reference – another benefit of Symbaloo!
I RSS my Google bookmarks to my iGoogle homepage. I use delicious (shanao), and will even confess to using the occasional scrap of paper (OMG!). I like to have options for storing links and my students always enjoy the novelty of trying out a new, useful tool as an integrated part of their lesson. If you have a little time to invest, Symbaloo is a good tool and also lots of fun.