Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It...Classroom website and Symbaloo

I'm linkin' up again with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.  It took me all week last week to look through everyone else's wonderful ideas.  I wrote down so many things that I want to try.  I continue to be amazed by how creative everyone is.  I'm startin' to feel inadequate. Lol...
My Monday Made It...
I have a classroom website that I use for the students and parents.  Any information that they might need, they can always find on our weekly updated website.  There are class procedures, class news, links to websites, and so much more.

I have managed and added to this website for over five years and added many learning links for the students. I was beginning to feel overwhelmed with the list that was growing and having to constantly edit to keep them in alphabetical order. I imagined it was even worse when I would ask my students to go to a "link" quickly and they would have to sort through the links to find what I was asking for.  Although I have the links separated in subject areas and categories, I didn't have them in sub-categories.  I needed to reorganize...big time!

I decided to start with my Science Links because I have over 250+ links.  Here is an example of what my list looked like (this is just a glimpse at Math...I've yet to tackle this one)
Not very visually appealing is it? 

So I asked myself what I needed to do to organize this 
list and how could I make it easier for all parties involved?  

In the past I tried Sqworl, but when I saw Symbaloo I really liked their layout much better.  Maybe it was because it's so colorful.  I joined Symbaloo and started dumping my links.  I'm not going to lie when I say this took some time for me, but it was worth every minute.  I wanted to go back and check to make sure all of the links were still in working order; of course along the way I found more to add.
I went from 250+ in Science down to 12 links for the units of study we will have this year and matched to our state benchmarks(appropriate for 3-5 for sure...maybe other grades also).  Not too bad!


Click here to go to my 12 categories and click on any of the topics to take you to Symbaloo.  Since I have already completed the 12 web mixes on Symbaloo, you are welcome to link back to them or my class website.  I will continue to add more and update them as well as the other subjects in "My Links".
Save yourself some time!  I don't mind! 

Now the only thing I have to worry about is makin' sure the site never goes down...permanently  
Does anyone else worry about those kinds of things?  I guess if they give you notice, it wouldn't be so bad, 
but my fear is I'm goin' to wake up one morning and some website or web 2.0 tool has disappeared...forever. Oh the horror!!!

19 comments :

  1. Thanks - I really like this idea. The color really makes it more appealing to all. Another great idea I am adding to my list.
    Peggy
    PS-have you tried live binders?

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    1. I have used Live Binders, but only for teacher materials and binders that other people shared with.

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  2. I SO need to get to work on my website...

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    1. It's one of those things that is ALWAYS a work in progress.

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  3. Love the idea of using Symbaloo. It is very appealing. Thanks for sharing your link.

    Erica
    Shepherd's Shining Stars

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  4. Those Symbaloo boards are just excellent. I love using them with kids because it is soo visual and easy for them to navigate. I really like that you can now embed boards onto your own site. It's pretty cool.
    Thanks for sharing all of these.
    good question about having a site go down. I've wondered the same thing. I wonder if they hav an option to create digital printout of you lists?

    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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    1. I have no idea, but it makes me super paranoid. I've made lists before in Word, just to have them. I've had my class website that I pay for each year for several years. They have switched companies before, but never gone down. I would probably have heart failure if they did. I never wanted to do a blog because I was busy keeping up with the website for the kids. It's going to be interesting to see how I will manage both, but I'm going to TRY for the third year in a row! LOL!

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  5. What a great idea! It looks like it's visually appealing and easy to navigate!

    Mary Kate
    Windy City Learning

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    1. Thank you! I really do think it catches the eye much better than the list too!

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    1. Absolutely...I'll do one symbaloo board for you for every three TpT things you create for me. Deal?

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  7. Wow you it a lot of work into that but they came out great. You teach a bunch of the same topics we do in fourth grade in Georgia. I will have to add a bunch of your we mixes to one of mine once I get on a real computer since it isn't as cooperative on the iPad.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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    1. Definitely do! Save yourself some time! They are very appropriate for 4th grade since I'm just loopin' up with my kids from 4th to 5th.

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  8. Thank you SO much for sharing this! :) It is super cute-I love that Symbaloo adds pictures to them to make it visually appealing. Off to go look at it in more depth now! :)

    Thanks!

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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    1. It's definitely not as fast as dragging into Draggo, but the colors make me happy!

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  9. Your students and parents are very fortunate to have such great resources available!

    Kelly
    A View Into My Classroom

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  10. What a great idea! I am going to check out symbaloo! Thanks for sharing!!
    -Katie
    My blog: Building a House of Love

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I just went over and joined your blog. I have teacher envy of your classroom!

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