SymbalooEDU – Symbaloo is a handy personalized start page service that helps you organize links to favorite sites and displays headlines from RSS feeds. Similar start page services include iGoogle, NetVibes and Pageflakes. Though Symbaloo has been around for a couple of years, they’ve just launched a new education oriented version of their service.
Symbaloo takes a very graphical approach with every link appearing as a colorful square tile on a grid. Tabs across the top of the page let users set up multiple pages of content based on their own interests. Each page can also include a center box with quick access to a variety of productivity tools including: search engines, encyclopedias, to do lists, calculator and more. Tabs can be shared with others, making it simple for a teacher/librarian to set up basic page of resources for students and then have students customize their own versions of the pages.
School Library – Research 2.0 – October 16, 2010
SymbalooEDU is one of the many tools we’ll take a look at during the School Library Research 2.0 workshop coming up on October 16th in Albany, NY. The workshop will cover web tools that will help you and your students take a fresh approach to research projects, one that involves collaborating and sharing. During this workshop you’ll learn how to take advantage of tools that will help you and your students manage resources, organize data, collaborate with team members and connect with experts. And did I mention we’ll have a lot of fun too? For more information check the Capital Area BOCES SLS Calendar.