Now more than ever it is the teacher’s responsibility to get schoolwork to students remotely. How are teachers making this happen? Are assignments being emailed to students and/or parents? Are teachers using a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Google Classroom site to share work? If getting schoolwork to students remotely is a problem, consider using a portal. A portal is a web based bookmarking utility that teachers can use to share links to other websites with their students. There are several portals available to choose from on the internet. Symbaloo and Portaportal are two bookmarking websites that many teachers use to share information, schoolwork, and activities with students. This allows parents and guardians to go to just one website to access all needed websites.
Portaportal.com is a free web based bookmarking utility that teachers can add links to any website needed. Even documents in a Google Drive can be linked to this portal. PortaPortal has a feature to hide links until you are ready to share them. This allows several links to be stored and then revealed to users at a later time. Try these Portaportal sites:
- Educational Activities A collection of links to grade level educational activities
- Accessible Games A collection of links to websites with switch accessible games and more
Symbaloo.com is another free web based bookmarking utility that can be used to share websites. One benefit of Symbaloo is the use of buttons to identify the web links. Visuals of the various websites help students who cannot read easily pick the one they want. Click here to try Symbaloo.
Consider using or making your own portal to help students access digital information from home.