Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tip of the Week: Symbaloo: February 24, 2015

Symbaloo is a web based visual bookmarking tool or 'webmix' that can be used in many ways to help organize and share resources with your students, your colleagues, or simply for yourself!  Tiles are created for each resource you'd like to link to.  Tiles can link to typical websites but they can also link to audio books or even individual YouTube videos (see previous post about safeshare.tv!)

Megan Bowhers created a Symbaloo linked to audio books and other resources for kindergarteners.

Librarians Janet Jennings and Dorothy Kramer have created Symabloos for their students that include links pertaining to a particular unit of study (Explorers, Civil Rights, for example)... focusing the kids on appropriate resources with the click of a button!

Rebecca Goldthwaite (kindergarten @ Nixon) uses Symbaloo to help her very young students easily navigate to a variety of sites on their iPads that support literacy, math and other curriculum resources.  

Below is a sample of one 'webmix' I created with a few web 2.0 resources we use here in Sudbury:



You can even search Symbaloo for webmixes created by teachers (or anyone) from around the world and use their webmixes, or edit as you wish!  It's amazing how many ideas or new tools you will find by simply checking out other people's webmixes!  There's no need to reinvent the wheel!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tip of the Week: Uncluttered YouTube: February 13, 2015

At our recent ILAP session, Eddie Good reminded me about and shared the online tool called SafeShare.tv.  SafeShare.tv is a free online service that unclutters the viewing area around YouTube videos.  This tool removes the surrounding "suggested videos", related links, and the comments that are typically displayed while viewing a video.   These extra visuals can be distracting, to say the least, especially in a classroom or educational setting.

Simply search for a YouTube video, paste the URL into SafeShare.tv and turn this:



into this:


This new 'safe' link can be used as a standalone video to show to students.  It can also be linked into Schoology, Glogster, your web page, your class wiki, or even a flipchart ... anything that lets you link to a website!  Enjoy!