It’s summer, but teachers everywhere are as hardworking as ever! We’ve spent the first part of our summer chatting to teachers at Gooru trainings and ISTE 2014 about everything from personalized learning, being an #edtechnerd, and professional learning communities. We’ve started incorporating some of their feedback into great new Gooru features, many of which involve more action and engagement of our community (that’s you!). Read on to learn more!
New! Santa Ana USD Library
Gooru and the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) have teamed up to develop a digital library of Common Core-aligned units of study. This comprehensive curriculum–spanning all major subjects for the K-12 grade levels–goes beyond standard instruction to include differentiation and enrichment opportunities for ELL and students with special needs. In addition, each unit contains separate teacher and student guides for easy use. Explore the full library here.
We’re proud to present this library to you in conjunction with SAUSD teachers! Check back soon for additional content coming to the SAUSD library, including a catalog of professional learning materials.
Rate and Review Resources
With our new resource rating feature, you can let other teachers know which resources dazzle and which disappoint. Check the ratings and reviews to find the highest-quality content that is right for your classroom, and leave a rating or two to contribute to the Gooru community. Learn more about ratings and reviews.
Revamped Profiles & Following Users
We’ve revamped profile pages to give everyone a whole new look! Your profile is by default set to private, but you can turn on your profile visibility to share all your public collections. You’ll be able to find other users’ public collections on their profile as well.
If you’ve found a creator whose collections inspire you, follow them to navigate quickly to their collections! You’ll be able to see everyone you follow (and who is following you) on your profile page. Learn more about following users.
Order Assignments in your Classes
Keep your virtual classroom organized! Now you can define the sequence of assignments that your students will see when they view your class. When students finish an assignment, they will be able to mark it as “complete,” so it’s easy to see what they’ve accomplished what is still due. Learn more about ordering assignments.
Become a Gooru Coach!
On June 16th, we welcomed our first class of Gooru Coaches into our Palo Alto office. These teachers, administrators, and tech specialists had an intense day of learning about Gooru, building their own collections, and planning out months of professional development so they could share Gooru at their schools. In the end, they had well-earned their Gooru t-shirts!
Do you want to become a Gooru Coach and train others on Gooru? Join us for one of our onsite training days–the next is on August 4th. Or, participate in our 3-session webinar course–the next begins on August 5th. Find more info and registration linkshere.
Gooru Office Hours
We had a great time sharing Gooru with fans and newbies alike at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Gooru Office Hours were a big hit (above) as an informal gathering to chat about personalized learning and best practices while using Gooru.
However, the fun doesn’t stay in Georgia! Gooru Office Hours continues online every other Tuesday at 5pm PT as a webinar. We encourage you to stop by for Office Hours especially if you are new to Gooru, as each session will begin with a live demo and leave plenty of time for questions. Find more info and registration links here.
Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Muniz
Mr. Muniz’s class went through a huge shift halfway through the school year when it went from having virtually no tech tools to receiving 1:1 netbooks. Mr. Muniz, a 9th grade humanities teacher at Fremont High School, used Gooru to improve his students’ digital literacy.
Teacher tips Mr. Muniz found that Gooru was a useful way to provide targeted instruction for familiarizing his students with web interfaces while they actually used the web. Mr. Muniz devised a civic engagement student project involving seeclickfix.com, a website for citizens to suggest improvements to their neighborhoods, and then created a Gooru collection with a tutorial to walk students through the site. As a result of this project and other digital literacy instruction, Mr. Muniz says his students have become more independent and confident explorers on the web. “A lot of them now take the bull by the horns…they say, ‘I’m going to figure it out.’” Read the rest of Mr. Muniz’s story here.
How do you teach with Gooru?
We want to know! Share your story with us. If you’d like to connect with other educators in the Gooru community, please email us at email@example.com.
We’re looking for fellow mission-driven nerds to join our team and help us honor the human right to education. The following positions are open–look to our careers page to learn more!