If you missed my periscope today, (the very wobbley video will be at the bottom of this post) I want to share something that I have stumbled upon that I am super excited about using in my classroom and I think you will be excited about it too!
As teachers, we are notorious for always obsessing about organization. I know I am. I want all my things in the right place all the time. This keeps it easy for me and for my students to do what needs to be done, and to get started as soon as possible!
This even proves true when we have computer time. When I started out my career in a grade 1 and 2 multi-level classroom, I almost wanted to cry when it was time to type in a URL that I wanted my students to go to (I sure hope that I am not the only one).
Upon a little bit of research just before summer started, I had discovered a little gem of a website that has saved me and my students a whole bunch of time and energy.
Allow me to introduce SYMBALOO.COM
What is symboloo you ask? Well, it is a website that allows you to save your frequent websites in an icon format so that you or your students may just simply click and go to the website required!
All you have to do is create an account....
Here is a closer look at what your home screen starts off like....
You do not have to keep all of these icons. They are just suggestions set up by symbaloo. Don't want them? simply click on the one you don't want, drag it up to where it says delete and VOILA! It's gone and you can use that empty spot for a new icon! :)
Now, let's say that you have a website that you want your students to use regularly. All you have to do is click on one of the unused slots. a sidebar will come up that looks like this..
1. Click 'Create a tile'
2. Add the website URL
3. Add a for the tile
4. Choose the background colour of the tile
5. Choose an image for the tile (if one isn't provided) -OR- upload your own image
That's it! That's all it takes to add a tile! Now, you just have to have a classroom friendly username and password for your symbaloo account so they can log in to this awesome resource!
Now, say you don't have many websites in your 'teacher tool belt' yet. There is an AAAHHH-MAZING thing you can do on symbaloo! You can simply add a whole web mix created by another teacher! Tons and tons of learning websites based on whatever subject you may need! It's awesome.. Here is how you do it!
1.) Click the menu icon
2.) Add a webmix
3.) Search the material you wish to find
4.) Look over the pages that are presented to you by clicking 'view this web mix' - *PREPARE YOURSELF! THERE ARE SOOO MANY AWESOME RESOURCES ALREADY MADE FOR YOU!!
5.) Once you find one that you are in LOVE with (because you definitely will), Click on 'add this webmix'. It will automatically add that whole page to your menu bar at the top of your page!
For a more detailed description of this, watch the video below! Hope you found this useful!! :)