Have you ever wanted all of your links in one place? Does it ever seem overwhelming how many different websites you need to remember or visit?
Symbaloo may be the place for you. This website is very sleek looking. It allows for you to personalize your own page with all the links you will ever need. It also allows for you to title the links, change the icons, and embed videos.
Why is this great for education? It’s great because:
- It’s free.
- It allows for students to visit one page to check out all the links.
- It provides a safe place for parents to send their students to play educational games, or discover other activities.
- It can be placed as the homepage on school computers, so that students can just click on links to get to where they need to go.
- Teachers could input research websites that are trustworthy – so students don’t have to be so overwhelmed when searching for sites to cite.
- Teacher’s could upload student work and place the student’s face as the icon.
Check out my example: I’m going to use this tool next year.
Have you checked out the website Free.Ed.Gov? It’s got thousands of federal resources for students to view or research to assist them in learning. It’s full of animations, primary documents, photos and videos. One warning about the website -though- is that it can be difficult to navigate because there is an overwhelming amount of resources and tools.
So… what’s on the site that would be useful? Let me just show a few things:
1. The Cell: This link allows for users to navigate around a cell and see the different components. Each component has a tag that, when clicked, tells you about that component and what it does.
2. Pangaea: This is an animation of pangaea over time and how our continents ended up as they have. The website this came from is called ClassZone. It was linked from free.ed.gov. ClassZone is awesome because it contains animations from all the different content areas in science like: earthquakes, volcanoes, cells, weather-soil-erosion, nature of science, rocks, minerals, atoms… so if you need to find any science animations to help explain or engage students: visit ClassZone.
3 Diaries of George Washington: If you’re looking for primary documents, free.ed.gov organizes these documents through the library of congress, which allows for great accessibility. This link is an example of the diaries of George Washington between 1748 and 1799.
4. Journey to America: Are you looking for primary documents or trustworthy information on viking, mountain men, columbus, or any early journeys to America? This website (linked from free.ed.gov) provides resources for students to use. Resources like: images, primary documents, captions, brief summaries…
5. Space: This website is full of interactive lessons created by teachers who teams up with scientists. The lessons or resources provide pictures from the hubble telescope, as well as interactive images, animations, and videos.
These are just five examples of resources linked from free.ed.gov. There are so many more! I will continue exploring them and let you know if I find more treasures.