"Did you see that Mrs. Miller added the author of 'Chicken Butt' and 'Sister's Grimm' to our new author Symbaloo?"
I am hearing more and more comments like this from the students and teachers at Van Meter. Even at our house when Hagan speaks of finding something, he knows he can go to the Symbaloo on his iTouch to easily find it.
Last week I wrote about Symbaloo, Look How We Are Using Symbaloo To Collect and Share Our Favorite Websites and Resources, and how we are using it this year at Van Meter. In addition to having it set as the home page in the elementary computer lab, classroom teachers and students also have been creating and using their Symbaloo webmixes for different purposes too. (You can find this webmix here...VM Library Resources Symbaloo webmix)
At the beginning of the week, I spent a few hours with the special education students at Van Meter. We created the Van Meter Secondary Resources webmix.
By adding tiles such as Accuweather, Pandora, Animoto, and the Van Meter School website, our secondary students will be able to stay connected to each other, resources, Web 2.0 tools, and other awesome sites.
I will be sharing this new webmix with all of our secondary students and teachers today.
At the beginning of each year, I always like showing the students how many authors have amazing websites. We also spend a lot of time on finding places where they can find books, eBooks, information about authors, and connect with a variety of different reading sites and resources.
When a few of the students were sharing new websites they found over the summer, I thought it would be fun to start the VM Favorite Authors webmix. I had the students contribute to the author webmix throughout the week after investigating websites of authors they liked. I really love how this Symbaloo webmix turned out....It contains so many of the BEST authors!
Within the app, it is easy to go to your different webmixes to view, edit, or share.
I love all of the multimedia resources such as book trailers, blogs, and interviews that are included within TeachingBooks.net.
Mackin VIA, Mackin BookTalk, and Penguin's We Give Book program.
This puts the websites at their fingertips anytime they might need them! I have had students bring their iTouches and other devices to the library just so they can add the Symbaloo app to start using the webmixes we have created for Van Meter. I love how they are putting the library in their pocket!
Symbaloo app for free here.
I can't wait to see the webmixes our older ones create this year and how we use this tool within the curriculum and our school community.
Symbaloo is one tool that will definitely continue to make a difference!