Organizing Your Favorite Teaching Links
Do you have a long list of favorite links stored on multiple computers? Do you use more than one browser? You can use this website to organize all of your favorite links, so they can be accessed from any computer and any browser. This website has made it so much easier for me as a teacher. I use it every day.
Using Symbaloo has been game changing for me as a teacher. I use it every day, whether I am saving the link to an interesting blog that I don't have time to read, or saving a link to use in a lesson the next day. I also look at Symbaloos on subjects like "brainbreaks" or "literature units" that other teachers have made public for new ideas. It really is one of those sites, I consider it indispensable.
Homeschooling parents could use Symbaloo to organize online sites there children/students access daily. They could also create a section that has the educational games and sites they have prescreened and approved.
(1) As a teacher, I love to look for new and innovative ideas on the Internet. At one time, I had over 150 favorites on my school computer. They were carefully (not) categorized for easy access. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as easy access when using Bookmarks/Favorites. Most sites were bookmarked and then never seen again. When I was home, I couldn't access the sites I had saved at school
A free website called Symbaloo.com solved this problem. This is the home page. (1) You can see there is a grid and each square is the button that will take the user directly to the linked website. The user can organize their bookmarks by creating specific grids for each category. For example, mine includes Educational Review Games and My Favorite Blogs. (2) In about 20 minutes, my 150 bookmarks were converted to links/buttons/tiles organized by category. The one below organized review sites I had previewed for my students. I was able to post a link to my blog so students could access the students at school and at home.
Symbaloo is very simple to use. First, go to Symbaloo.com. You will not be asked for any financial information to register. Once you have registered (free), select a website you would like to save and capture its URL. Go to your Symbaloo and click on a blank tile.
Click on "Create a Tile."
Where it says "Add the Address of the Website" Paste in the URL of your website.
Type in a title, but often the title of the webpage will automatically be entered. You can still change it to a title that suits your needs. Be sure and check "Show Text," so that your tile will be labeled for easy reference.
Next, either use the icon that is sometimes uploaded with the text, or select and icon or color from the choices in Symbaloo.
Hit "Save" and the link will be inserted into the grid with the image and title you selected.
There are many other useful tools available on the Symbaloo site and a premium option that comes with training and more extensive tools, but that is another post for another site.