Hi there Symbalooers!
This week, we’re excited to introduce you to Sylvia Buller as our Educator Spotlight. Sylvia is a 4th grade teacher from Resurrection Catholic School in Pennsylvania. Her webmixes are very popular among our educators. She’s been doing an awesome job at bringing technology to her classroom. Sylvia is also very active in the SymbalooEDU Community by joining our weekly #symchat with different educational topic discussions, participating in our contest and sharing her webmixes through Twitter. Thank you for your continuous support Sylvia!
Check out her profile: http://edu.symbaloo.com/profile/buller
Take a look at our interview with Sylvia as she shares her discovery of Symbaloo and how she is using Symbaloo with her students.
Q1) How did you hear about Symbaloo?
Sylvia: I heard about Symbaloo through Twitter. I noticed educators tweeting out information and resources using webmixes. Symbaloo was also mentioned in some smackdown webinars I found through Twitter. I loved what I was seeing, took a closer look at Symbaloo and have been using it ever since.
Q2) With whom and how are you using Symbaloo?
Sylvia: I create Symbaloo webmixes first and foremost for my students, but I also enjoy sharing them with my coworkers and my Twitter and Edmodo connections.
The webmixes used in my classroom provide various types of opportunities for learning. They can provide review/enrichment for specific content taught. Such as this Animal United Webmix.
Some are used for student research for reports/projects like our year-long Pennsylvania project.
I can select specific sites at different instructional levels for fun practice of basic skills. (Math, Language Arts webmixes) We also have our own “favorites” webmix for sites we use often and webmixes for many of the major holidays which are used often. When introducing a new unit or approaching a major holiday, I often hear this question from my students: “Is there a Symbaloo for this?” My students love Symbaloo! I enjoy sharing my webmixes with my coworkers and my PLN. I am glad they are useful and can be made available so easily for so many teachers and students.
I worry less about students surfing the web for research and instructional games, etc. since I can direct them to just one webmix filled with information that I have hand selected for them.
Q3) As an administrator how has Symbaloo helped you?
Sylvia: Symbaloo has helped me to organize information on my classroom website better. I was able to take many links off the website and place them on webmixes. This saved space and also made the pages so much more visually attractive.
Symbaloo has enabled me to add more technology into my lessons since I can easily embed so many different items into a webmix.
Symbaloo has helped me connect to many other educators through the sharing of webmixes.
Q4) What is your favorite feature in Symbaloo?
Sylvia: First of all, I do love the new Symbaloo, especially the sidebar! I can’t name just one favorite feature. Symbaloo is great for so many reasons. It is really quite simple to use. The tiles can be customized. It organizes bookmarks very easily. It has a nice gallery. Tiles can be searched. There are color and background options. Webmixes can be embedded and/or linked to my classroom blog and website. The list could go on and on!
Q5) Are you Symbaloo Certified? If so, how has the program helped you?
Sylvia: I took the Basic certification course last summer and plan on taking the second part this summer. Taking the course helped me to learn Symbaloo so much quicker. The lessons and assignments were easy to follow and to complete. I didn’t have to teach it to myself which can be so time consuming sometimes. I hope to teach our faculty how to make their own webmixes and to convince them of the value of Symbaloo in their own classrooms.
Check out Sylvia’s most popular webmix
Here are some adorable SymbalooEDU feedback from Sylvia’s 4th graders.
Check out her blog post here: http://mrsbuller.edublogs.org/2013/04/24/symbalooedu/#comments
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