Gooru February Newsletter

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February 2015
New Libraries in Gooru!
Social-Emotional Learning Library from Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School
The Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) library has collections around key aspects of social-emotional learning, including managing emotions, interpersonal problem-solving, and growth mindset. Check out this collection on Peer Mediation for great resources on peaceful conflict resolution.
Collections on Digital Literacy and Citizenship from Riverside USD
In the age of the Internet, it’s important for students to be aware of the resources available to them as well as the impact of their digital footprint. Check out the RUSD Digital Literacy & Citizenship course for collections on topics such as Google tools, evaluating Internet sources, and private and personal information.

If you use Chromebooks in your classroom, try going through this collection on Chromebook rules with students, or browse the course by going to the RUSD libraryand clicking on “Digital Literacy & Citizenship.”

Haiku Learning + Gooru = Love (and Learning!)

To help teachers create a learning environment that stimulates students, gives them a voice, and provides them with the tools to reach their full potential, Gooru and Haiku Learning have met—and fallen in love.

Teachers can pull in engaging content from Gooru, such as polls, bell-ringers, and self-paced learning activities. They combine them with interactive tools in the Haiku Learning platform, such as group discussions or WikiProjects, to help students contextualize and share what they’re learning. Thus, Gooru + Haiku Learning is the perfect marriage of curated content and collaborative technology. Creating an ideal learning environment feels less like a challenge and more like a quest.

Learn more about what Gooru + Haiku Learning can do for your classroom in this blog post.

Upcoming Events
The next Gooru Teacher Workshop webinar is onTuesday Feb. 10th, led by Sarah Smith, a 7th grade teacher. If you’d like to join the discussion, register here! If you can’t make it, not to worry, the recorded webinar as well as our past webinars are available on our Youtube channel.
ETC! 2015, Feb. 28th. at California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, CA
We’ll be holding two intro sessions about Gooru so please stop by! Check out the ETC schedule for more info on the sessions about Gooru.
CUE Conference, March 19-21 in Palm Springs, CA
Come visit us at Booth 646, or check out one of the sessions about Gooru. If you’d like to set up a time to chat at CUE or any other event we are attending, please let us know by emailing info@goorulearning.org.
ASCD Conference, March 21-23 in Houston, TX
We’re planning to hold an informal “Gooru Office Hours” here, so please stay tuned to our Twitter for more info.
Upcoming Webinars

Bonus Feature: Reflecting on Selma
Have you seen the movie Selma? Our partners at Youth Voices created a greatcollection that dives into the issues around the film. To spark discussion post-viewing or as part of a Black History Month activity, choose one or two resources from the collection to reflect upon.

If you have a great collection or instructional method that you’d like to share, email us at info@goorulearning.org.

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Posted: February 5th, 2015