I’ve recently written about Symbaloo. I originally used it to make a homepage that had tiles that quickly took me to popular websites. I then began creating my own webmixes. A webmix is a set of tiles that are related. For instance, I have a webmix for all of the websites I use at work, in my Grad work, and for my online teaching position. The webmixes are divided into tabs so I can quickly jump between them to get the correct link.
A few things I’ve discovered about Symbaloo since I started would be helpful to someone just thinking about using it or setting it up.
- Make Symbaloo your home page. That’s what really makes it valuable. I alternate between 3 browsers and I’ve made it my homepage on all three so I always have access to my webmixes.
- Make Symbaloo your home page on all of your computers. Symbaloo is cloud-based so by doing this, I have access to all of my webmixes where I log in. Of course, you can always go to the Symbaloo site and get access there.
- You can add any website to your webmixes. All you have to do is click an empty tile space. Search and see if the site already has a tile available. Many popular sites do. If one is not available, you can make your own, choose colors, text, and even a graphic. If you want, you can upload a graphic to the tile to make it more personal.
- I haven’t done this, but you can change the background of Symbaloo to match your style. I’m fond of the sleek black look so I haven’t used that feature.
Today, I discovered another great feature of Symbaloo. All of the webmixes can be shared and are searchable. So, I did a search for education and found a lot of great, already created webmixes. Symbaloo also provides the webmix rating and number of people using it so you get a real idea of the usefulness of the webmix. For instance, the EDU Tools webmix I’ve linked above has over 10,000 users and is ranked 3 out of 5 stars.