Friday, November 15, 2013

I Heart Symbaloo

Yes...I love Symbaloo! After having only taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, the transition to teaching all grades, particularly K-2, was a little tough.  They have a smaller attention span, a lot of my K babies had never been to school before, and for the most part they can't read.  I needed to find a way to allow my Kindergarten students to navigate to different pages.  Symbaloo was the answer! I am able to share out my webmixes with students using AB Tutor and then they can follow the various links/tiles to the websites of the day that they get to explore.  With my younger students we spend a lot of time working on closing tabs, exiting out of windows, clicking/double clicking, drag and drop, and problem solving independently.  These Symabloo webmixes have allowed me to do just that while allowing students to move at their own pace changing activities with their attention spans!
I have now created half a dozen Symbaloo pages and wanted to share them with you! Check them out!
Mouse Skills
Sorting Games
Typing Practice
Research Links (3-8)
Halloween Games (K-2) - Kindergarten and 1st grade are limited to the tiles on the left while 2nd graders can go to any of them
Thanksgiving - Its a work in progress since I'm working on it now but it is set up similarly to the Halloween pages...K-1 on left, 2nd on right

You can also search webmixes that have been create by other people.  Check out the ones created by Kinderchat.  He has ones with animal e-books, listen to reading books, letter sound videos, Just Dance videos and more!

1 comment:

Jon Thomas said...

Symbaloo is indeed a handy tool. But if you prefer text based links over images, I can recommend