Sunday, March 2, 2014

Do you....Symbaloo?

Last year I was introduced to this fabulous tool by a wonderfully techie colleague.  I was searching for a way to organize the jillions of video clips I use with my first graders, and this hit the jackpot! 

This amazing website lets you organize your sites, games and clips so that you can label each link, and even use a photo or clipart if you are a visual person like me. :)  Here is just one of my Symbaloo tabs- this one is for Alphabet & Rhymes:


All I have to do is pull this screen up on the SMART Board and I (or one of my students) can tap a tile and it will send us to that game or video.   

Sometimes a cute video or catchy song is just what the doctor ordered to get my students to master a skill.  Don't believe me?  Check out these little ditties:





These are just a few of our favorites.  They are great to pull up when we have a few minutes before heading to lunch or recess, or as a quick review of previously taught skills.  I also have Starfall (and other) games saved as tiles on my page.  

 The tiles are color-coded and easy to upload (thank goodness- I am somewhat technologically challenged) and can be dragged to move them around, so I can keep the tiles organized in a way that makes sense to me.

I LOVE my Symbaloo account.  I even have it shared on our school webpage so that students can access it at home.  

You can build your own by visiting the website www.symbaloo.com.  And the great thing is that your computer will remember you and pull your personal site up so you don't have to log in each time.  Love that!

Do you use video clips in your classroom?  If so, how do you keep track of them???  Please comment to let me know!

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