Tuesday, March 1, 2016

My experience with Symbaloo

Hello again!

Regarding to the last post where I talked you all about Pinterest, today I am going to talk about another useful online platform to share and organized online materials. It is called Symbaloo.  I have started to use Symbaloo Edu which is address to teachers and students. 

This platform is similar to Pinterest but it is organized in a Webmix instead of a board. You are able to share your Webmix, where you stick all of your searches, to everyone. You can create your Webmix with tools, images, webpages, videos, etc. that you could find on the net. But also, you can create your Webmix looking in Symbaloo amongst those Webmixes the people share. For instance, here is my Webmix:

My Webmix has been created to gather different tools or materials useful for CLIL. As you can see, my Webmix is organized around three out of the four corners. One is dedicated to four different webpages where you can find multiple examples of experiments or activities to develop in class related to different topics. Another one is address to gather didactic You Tube videos. Finally, the third one gathers different tools as Pixton or time glider. These tools are useful to create our own digital materials.   

These are some of the resources I have attached to my Webmix:

-Exploratorium.edu. Educational webpage. 
Here is an incredible webpage. This is an incredible resource to look for different experiments. It is the best place to look for Natural Science resources. Laid out in twelve different topics: Astronomy and Space Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; Culture and Society; Data; Earth Science; Engineering and Technology; Environment Science; Mathematics; Nature of Science; Perception; and Physics. You can find plenty of different experiments, with pictures and complete explanations. It is the perfect webpage to search and develop experiments. 

-Center for Teaching. Webpage.
 This is another webpage for teachers. In this case, it is an online place where you could find answers to everything you need: how to handle with the first day of class, how to design the course, how to grade your students work, etc. On top of that, all these sections are based on CLIL methodology. For instance, there is a whole section named Bloom’s Taxonomy. In conclusion, it is an essential webpage for starters in the teaching field.

- 15 Ideas of Using Digital Cameras in Science. Webpage.
In this webpage you could find fifteen different ways to use a digital camera in your class. It is really interesting because it shows you how easy are to carry on visual activities and created by your students. These kinds of activities are perfect to develop CLIL methodology because encourage your students’ communicative skills and learn content working in groups through a second language. 

-Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Egyptian Art. You tube video.
This is another didactic You Tube video. This video shows how Mesopotamian and Egyptian art was and their main features. One of the best advantages of this video is that it is a visual and enjoyable resource. The speaker tries to make art understandable, easy and fun for young students. Moreover, it is a video from Nancy Ross You Tube Channel where you could find more videos like this related to different Art styles.

-The Europe Thing. You Tube video.
The last You Tube video I have pinned. It is also a didactic and animated video. It is a video created by the European Commission that shows students the main features of the European Union. It is short and well structured. Like the other two You Tube videos, you could visit the European Commission You Tube Channel where you could find more interesting videos to use in class in order to speak about the European Union.

I strongly encourage you to use symbaloo Edu to improve and organize better your class materials.  

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