Symbaloo looks like one of those plastic puzzles with the tic-tac-toe squares. Of course, that’s not what you do with it. It’s been called a Personal Desktop and a Visual Gathering Tool because you can fill in its board of empty squares with “tiles” that link to your favorite Websites. All you have to do is to select an empty square and create your “tile” by selecting from Symbaloo’s library, or if what you want is not available, you can make your own tile. If you teach American History, you might have a board (called a webmix) with tiles about Colonial Times, one filled with links to information on the War of 1812, and so on. You can move tiles around on your board, project Symbaloo on interactive whiteboards, use Symbaloo on computers and other digital devices, and share your favorite webmixes with others. This free site also offers news highlights and major news.
When teachers began using Symbaloo, some suggested that a Symbalooedu should be available. The Symbaloo site for education is now ready for use and is free to individual educators for creating webmixes, webmix galleries, and sharing resources. Pricing, which allows student user accounts and options such as custom default content, branding, dedicated support, and analytics, is $34.99 per year for teachers and librarians and $.99 a user for schools and school districts. Lower pricing is available for a 2-year subscription.