A common problem that arises with teachers and students is managing and retrieving the websites and resources they like to use. Its very easy to find a good resource and save it to your bookmarks but then you get a new laptop or you log onto a different computer and all of your bookmarks are gone.
Symbaloo is a convenient way of storing your favorite webpages and having them available on any device. When you create an account you can easily maintain a collection of resources that you use in school. You can have different tabs (called web-mixes) and I’ve seen teachers with a tab for each subject they teach. Each of these web-mixes contains a collection of links (called tiles) that you create. It also works well for individual students you can have a web-mix with the students name and all of the webpages they need are accessible in one place.
Students access resources by clicking on symbols and this can be a useful feature for students with SEN.
One feature I really like is that particular web-mixes can be made public. You can share a collection of resources you have put together or alternatively you can search for other users collections. As an example here is a collection of Maths resources created by a user for 4th Class (age 10 11) children.
Symbaloo have a YouTube channel with plenty of useful tutorials and advice. This video from that channel gives an overview of Symbaloo.
A recent update to Symbaloo Edu allows teachers to create structured lesson plans where students progress through a series of online activities. There are in-built analytics to track student progress.
Pricing: The basic Symbaloo is offers plenty of functionality for the majority of teachers. There is an education version called Symbaloo Edu where some premium services are available and that costs $35 for a single classroom.