Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday Tech Tip: Using Symbaloo to Collect & Share Resources

Symbaloo is a free personal startpage that allows you to easily navigate the web and compile your favorite sites all in to one visual interface. It allows you to save and share your bookmarks in the cloud and access them from anywhere with any device.

Start by setting up your free account at Symbaloo. Once you're logged in (after verifying your account by clicking on the link in the email they send...), you'll see the generic homepage with tiles. Each tab across the top is a "webmix" that can be modified and customized to fit your needs. 

This is a great place to house any links that need to be shared with students, colleagues, or even parents. The tiles can be edited or modified at any time  Once a webmix has been shared, you can stop sharing at any time, or make the sharing private only to specific people. The webmix cannot be edited by anyone other than the creator/sharer. 

Some schools in CCSD have started using a Symbaloo page as their homepage on their Chromebooks with links for students to anything they might need. Also, Symbaloo can easily be embedded into a page on Schoology/COLE 3.0 as another way to share links with students or parents. 

There are lots of options to choose from when thinking about customizing your webmixes, including uploading images for tiles, organizing and color coding tiles, changing the wallpaper/titles/descriptions, and more!

1 comment:

  1. Another tool I can recommend for creating start pages is http://start.me. It's completely free to use.