By Matt Gomez
Category: Kindergarten, Management, Symbaloo, Tech, Websites
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Matt, this is a fantastic post! I’ve read a lot about Symbaloo and seen people use it, but I’ve never used it myself. I think it’s time to give it a try. Can you embed a Symbaloo on your website? I’m wondering if I could do this for my Favourite Links page. The visuals may make it easier for the students to access the websites that they want.Thanks Matt for getting me thinking!Aviva
Was JUST talking today with a 1st grade teacher about setting this up in her classroom – this is fantastic info – thanks!
Setting up Symbaloo is one of my holidays goals. Thanks so much for your post! Now I can see one of the ways it might work for me :) Symbaloo looks so simple for the students to access sites independently. You might have some more questions from me on Twitter before the week is over. Thanks for the post.Kylie
I have just begun using Symbaloo myself as a media specialist to bookmark sites I think will be helpful to the teachers in my building. Your post has given me some ideas about how to organize the tiles. Thanks so much! Happy New Year!
Can you come teach my Kindergarten team how to use this! I’m sharing this post with all my teachers. The little I know about symbaloo leaves me waiting to see the next post! In the meantime, how appropriate is this site for other grades in elementary? Can it be used K-5?Great job boss!
Where do you get your decodable books?
From our curriculum. Sorry not much help for that one.
We have just started playing with Symbaloo, and have a few questions. When we share the link it is only for the 1 tab, how do we see all of the tabs when we share?
Yes that is correct, you share each mix (or tab) individually. You can see all the mixes you have shared on your profile page. Click your profile name at the top of the page (next to logout) At the bottom you will see your shared webmixes. Mine looks like this http://www.symbaloo.com/profile/mattgomez
You are an incredibly talented, knowledgeable and generous teacher!! Thank you! I just hope I can figure out how to use this once I’m in my classroom. Wow! This is so exciting!
Thank you Shari! Please share your mixes once you get set up!
I can’t seem to figure out how to add another account so I have a master and student account. Any advice?
Shari, you need to use two different emails and set up separate accounts that way. I just made a gmail for our kids account.
okay. Simple enough.
One more thing, how do you get an image from a youtube video to appear on the tile? Right now, I am saving the image onto my desktop and then uploading it. Is there an easier way?
That is exactly what I do, don’t know of an easier way.
Love seeing how you used this for the kids to access sites and resources. Great idea.
One teacher, Grade 1, mentioned the visuals. I like this too. As an alternative tool you could also try list.ly I used it for a few pages on my site and it has been very useful! 1. Recommended links 2. Teacher wish list 3. Recommended apps
Matt, do you know if there is anyway to tie some sort of student response/blog to each weblink posted on a Symbaloo page? I’m wanting to create such a page for the purpose of posting students’ digital projects for all students to view — yet, it would be even more terrific if after viewing a student work, the audience could give a quick feedback if as basic as an ‘I like/I wonder’ response.
Thanks so much for your help!
I am not sure I completely understand, but a Symabloo tile can be linked to any link. So you could link it to a student blog or google doc for feedback. Would that work?
Help! I, too would like to be able to use symbaloo for my favorite links page – it’s much more user-friendly for students & parents. Could you please tell me how to do this? Thanks!- Stephanie (EC teacher, middle school)
I am just start using Symbaloo and have lot of questions but your article help me a lot.
I made a symbaloo and sent the link to our webmaster. But, it only shows a handful of the links when you access the symbaloo on the website, not all that I have on the original symbaloo. Any suggestions?
Stephanie, Have you updated the webmix? YOu can do this by pressing the share button above the webmix in the middle of the page.
Thanks for this helpful post! When the students are using the student mix, are they logged in to the student account?
Yes I log all the computers into the student account each morning and they stay logged in all day. The kids use the webmix as their computer center.
Thanks! Do you find there are a lot of inadvertent changes taking place or are they pretty good about leaving things as they are once they have begun using the site?
There are changes occasionally but we teach the kids that when they move things it effects the entire grade level. That seems to help
Matt, thank you for such a helpful post! I have referred to this post many time to help me manage by symbaloo account. Today I noticed that all the pictures are missing. Will you be updating with new pictures? I am a visual person and miss them!! lol
Hi! I am just now seeing this and really wanted to use this information, but it says there are no pictures or that they have been removed. Help! :}
I’m totally new to this & have heard it’s great. I set up a page for my students to access on a daily basis on their iPads in my classroom. They don’t have email. What’s the best way to set this up? I’m totally confused. Please help.
Bookmark the URL to your Symbaloo page on the iPads. They can use it directly from that link in Safari. That is the easiest way on the iPads. You can even make the bookmarked link an app on your iPad in safari
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