Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop - A Look at my Newest Favorite Website for the Classroom

I hope everyone is having a great back to school season, or for some of you, that you are continuing to enjoy the lazy days of summer.  Sigh.  I miss summer vacation.

Well, I guess there is no good in wallowing in the delicious happiness I experienced for 6 short weeks this summer.  Time to face reality square in the face…and my reality is, that I have 24 very high-energy 2nd graders waiting for me everyday for the next 165 days. Yes. Yes, I am counting already.

But, I am super excited because I have a huge carrot!  Carrot, as in incentive for my little darlings. We just got a shiny, brand-spanking new computer lab at my school this summer.  I am so excited to dive into technology with my students this year.  But, of course these little guys need guidance…. boundaries, if you will.  Enter my Bright Idea...


which is….Symbaloo.com

Mrs Rios Teaches: Fun, easy, and (mostly) free technology tips, tools, and apps for the primary classroom. | Symbaloo


Mrs Rios Teaches: Fun, easy, and (mostly) free technology tips, tools, and apps for the primary classroom. | Symbaloo

Symbaloo is a free bookmarking site that makes guiding your students to your favorite websites simple and easy.  You do this by creating link boards, called Webmixes.  Here is a recent board I started making for an inquiry project on animals. Nice, simple layout huh?  Super kid friendly.  Also, notice that there is room for like a bazillion links on this Webmix.

Mrs Rios Teaches: Fun, easy, and (mostly) free technology tips, tools, and apps for the primary classroom. | Symbaloo

Every tile is a link to a website that I have reviewed for appropriate text levels and content.

You can share your webmixes with your students so they can even access sites at home.  You can also easily share with other teachers, or search other Symbaloo users who have already created boards that you like.  Like this…

Mrs Rios Teaches: Fun, easy, and (mostly) free technology tips, tools, and apps for the primary classroom. | Symbaloo

 I love this Webmix full of Nat Geo books for kids. Awesome. Perfect for our upcoming inquiry unit mentioned earlier.  SCORE!  

Mrs Rios Teaches: Fun, easy, and (mostly) free technology tips, tools, and apps for the primary classroom. | Symbaloo

Your turn...Type in your topic and see what comes up.  With a quick Webmix search, I found boards dedicated to Native American Webquests and the American Revolution.  I even found this great board full of songs and transitions aimed at Kindergarten.  Ahh, I see the lightbulbs going off.  Symbaloo can even help you with your daily classroom management.

Mrs Rios Teaches: Fun, easy, and (mostly) free technology tips, tools, and apps for the primary classroom. | Symbaloo

As you can probably see, Symbaloo has the potential to make your computer stations, or visit to your school computer lab, run so much more smoothly.  I hope you are interested enough to explore this Bright Idea further.

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7 comments:

  1. This looks great! I am definitely bookmarking your Bright idea post so I can try this! Thank you for sharing Nicole! :)

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  2. This is incredible. I wish I had this two years ago! Thanks!

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  3. How cool is that! I am off to give it a try!

    Jennifer from Simply Kinder

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  4. I love Symbaloo! I've been using it for a couple of years now and the kids love it...saves them from having to type in URL's too and I know that the sites have already been reviewed by me so I don't have to worry about what they might run into.
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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  5. I love SYMBALOO! And I especially love the ones that are shared by other teachers. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies

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  6. Thank you for sharing this. I'm so excited to find out about it. Will definitely have to use the site.

    Mona
    First Grade Schoolhouse

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  7. I just LOVE Symbaloo! Mine is a bit scattered right now though and your post reminded me that I need to organize it better! Thanks for sharing this!!

    :) Shelley
    The Write Stuff Teaching

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