How I Manage Symbaloo
Special thanks to @SymbalooEDU for such a great site!
The first thing to explain is I manage two Symbaloo accounts. The first one I call the “master” and the second the “student” account. The master account is where I create and organize all the mixes. There are two reason for this. First it provides a “backup” in case a child somehow deleted, destroyed or otherwise messed up the “student” account. The second reason is it allows me to organize the mixes by unit and keep it all in one place without making things to busy on the “student” account. In my experience less is more when the kids use them.
Here is what my “master” Symbaloo mix looks like.
This is what the student mix looks like.
So this is how I manage the mixes each week. First I add any new links for the week to the “master” account under the appropriate unit. Then I click webmix details (shown in first picture) and the window below appears….
If the mix is not already shared you will need to click share webmix button. Notice on the green arrow that you can change the name of the mix before sharing. After the mix is shared I then copy the link under the blue arrow.
Next I log out of the “master” account and log into the “student” account. Once logged into the student account I simply paste the link (from step above) into my browser. When you do that you will get a screen like this…
One more step to drag and drop glory! Click the “stop updates” button on the tab you just added as seen below.
The best part……doing this changes the mixes on EVERY computer in our grade level because they all use the same account. The mixes are very easy for the kids to use and since each icon can be edited to use ANY picture you like it is easy to customize it to fit your kids needs.