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Gooru January 2015

January 2015
In Beaumont, the Secret to Great PD is Students

At a recent “Gooru 101” training, elementary, middle, and high school students in Beaumont USD in California studied and remixed collections alongside their teachers. Assistant Superintendent, Christy Goennier, had the idea to bring together younger “digital natives” and educators to facilitate learning about edtech for all. Students at the event said about Gooru:
“What is most exciting is that I can work at my own level and pace.” -Amaris
“It was awesome!” -Camila
–“I’m going to learn to make as many collections as possible.” -Antonio

These Gooru mini-coaches are extremely excited to share their learning with their classmates, and teachers in many districts find that putting precocious students to work as tech-leads promotes leadership and makes class run more smoothly. Do you have a story about a student tech superstar? Let us know!

New Year, New Features in Gooru!
Here’s the first of many new features that we’re planning to add this year. If you have any features you’d love to see in Gooru, email us at info@goorulearning.org.
Pre-filter and Browse Content
We’ve made it easier to find great content in the Gooru catalog. You can now browse collections and resources without entering a keyword in the search bar. Click the arrow in the search bar, then select the filters you’d like to use (e.g. “5th grade Language Arts” or a specific standard).
Additional Search Filters
Filter your search results by specific grade level and ratings/reviews. Remember, please rate and review the resources you love to help other educators find them!
Toggle Comments On/Off for Your Collections
Now, you have the option to turn the comments function on and off for the collections you create. Click on the toggle in the comments section on the title page of the collection. Especially useful if you don’t want to monitor the comments made on your collections.
Gooru Innovation Lab at Riverside USD
In November, Gooru and our partners at Riverside USD kicked-off the Innovation Lab with K-12 educators. The Innovation Lab is a year-long program that brings together teachers and instructional specialists to share their best practices for effective technology use in the classroom.

Innovation happens every day in the classroom, and the goal of this program is to connect educators to share feedback, be inspired by best practices from others in their district, and explore ways in which technology can be used effectively in the classroom. Meanwhile, we learn and listen to how each educator uses technology to ensure that Gooru meets the needs of educators in many environments.

Learn more about the RUSD Gooru Innovation Lab, and stay tuned for tips and findings from RUSD teachers!

Upcoming Events
On Tuesday Jan. 20th, Peggy Devine, a 6th/7th grade math teacher, will lead a workshop webinar about using Gooru with Chromebooks and Google Forms. If you’d like to join the discussion, register here! If you’d just like to watch, tune in to our Youtube channel at 5pm PST.
Upcoming Events

Helpful links
Gooru Tutorial Collections
Gooru User Guide
Gooru Support Center
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Posted: January 15th, 2015