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6 Ways to use Symbaloo 

in the Classroom

6 Ways to use Symbaloo in your classroom

In recent times, educators everywhere have been forced to confront a new reality, faced with unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. Teachers, tech coordinators, and administrators are being asked to innovate, adapt, and integrate on shorter timelines than ever before; and in most cases, with budgets that fall woefully short of what is needed.

The online tools created by Symbaloo are designed to be helpful, easy, and time-saving for anyone looking to organize and share their favorite web resources. The combination of tools may provide the perfect solution for educators who need to embrace remote learning, distance learning, or a hybrid environment this year. We have compiled a list of top virtual learning tools to help you making decision which tools to use in remote learning or hybrid learning environments.

Below, you will find six of the most common ways that Symbaloo is being used in classrooms around the world.

Share a classroom website with your Students and Parents

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Customize your Lesson Plan With Symbaloo

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Create a Personal Learning Environment for your Students

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Use Symbaloo in your Library

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Professional Development Websites for Teachers

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Use Symbaloo as a School Dashboard

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1. Share Classroom Website with Your Students and Parents

How do you share links with your students and parents? We’ve heard stories of teachers constantly adding new links to their classroom website, Google Docs, or sending out several emails a day. What if you can store all your links in one place and then share it at one time, and all your students will get automatic updates when you make changes? Would this improve your productivity?

Symbaloo Webmixes are a great way to share all of your favorite online resources with your students. When you share your webmix, Symbaloo will generate a link for you to share with others to use to access your webmix. Best of all, when you make changes, all you have to do is press the update button and those changes will appear automatically on all of your students accounts! You can create webmixes yourself on Symbaloo or find a pre made webmix at the Symbaloo Library.

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2. Customize Your Lesson Plans with Symbaloo

Teachers are using Symbaloo to curate resources for lesson plans by creating a webmix for each subject that they teach. You can then use those resources on lessonplans.symbaloo.com to create a game-style learning path for your students. On Symbaloo Learning Paths, you will be able to blend your resources into custom paths and make your students accountable by assigning quiz questions! You can use  Symbaloo Learning paths in the classroom or while learning virtually. Read more about virtual learning HERE.  

3. Create a Personal Learning Environment for your Students

Teachers are preparing students for the global marketplace by teaching digital citizenship, and teaching students how to navigate and organize resources from a variety of different sources.

With Symbaloo, students can customize their own learning space. Students can create their own Symbaloo webmixes with their most frequented websites, such as their school email account, personal blog, social networking sites, classroom blog, and school website. They can curate content for research projects or classroom projects as well, by embedding YouTube videos, Prezi presentation, and Google Doc in a webmix.

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4. Use Symbaloo in your Library

There are many fun and creative ways to use Symbaloo in your library. Teacher-librarians are the most creative Symbaloo educators.

Shannon Miller, Teacher-Librarian at Van Meter Elementary in Iowa used Symbaloo to create the Future Ready Librarians Webspace. The Webspace contains the resources and information about the Future Ready initiative with an additional webmix of Shannon’s recommended content. Shannon includes reading sites, Web 2.0 tools, digital citizenship sites, and lots of fun websites for her students. She shares her Symbaloo with her school community through emails, teacher newsletter, the Van Meter Library VOICE and social media profiles, but she also set it as a homepage for all desktops in the computer lab.

See how Shannon Miller has set up her Symbaloo Library Webspace in this Symbaloo Webinar!

5. Professional Development Sites for Teachers

Recently, New York Institute of Technology and New York State Teacher Centers partnered with Symbaloo to collaborate and organize resources for Common Core. New York use Symbaloo PRO version to share state resources with New York educators. Using Symbaloo PRO is a great way to conduct PD with your teachers.

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6. Using Symbaloo as a School Dashboard

When you are a Technology Specialist working with 2-3 tech tools, it’s easy to keep track and share with your teachers. Technology Specialist, Robert Petitto, works to train teachers to use 7-8 different technology, the amount of tools and resources are overwhelming. Schools and districts can use Symbaloo as a dashboard to place tech tools and resources in one page so teachers can access them daily. Try out the Symbaloo PRO account for free for 30 days HERE.

For more useful tips, check out the rest of the blog here.

Lastly, we are always here to help. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Symbaloo, please visit our help desk for further assistance. Thank you for using Symbaloo and best wishes heading into the classroom!

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