Gooru Newsletter March 2014

March 2014
Wonderful things can happen when educators work together. That’s why this month we’re excited to release new features for working collaboratively, staying organized, and finding great content. We’ve even got a few tips to help you prepare for next generation standards and assessments. Read on to learn more!
The power of collaboration
You’ve worked hard to curate your collections. Why not share your work with your colleagues? The new collaborator feature lets you invite up to 20 of your peers or colleagues to edit, improve, and assign your collections!To access the new Collaborator feature, just visit the Organize tab and select “Collaborator”. Enter up to 20 email addresses to let the teamwork begin. You can learn more about the Collaborator feature in this support article.
Organize your collections
Is your digital classroom in need of a little spring cleaning? With the new folders feature, it’s simple to organize your collections. You can create as many folders as you like, so feel free to organize your collections by subject, period, or unit.To create a folder, just visit the Organize tab and click “Create”. To transfer collections into your new folder, open any of your collections and click the “Move” button. Learn more about folders here.
Standards-Aligned Library
If you live in one of the 46 states that are adopting the Common Core State Standards, we don’t need to tell you that it’s time to dig up some new curriculum! To help you seamlessly transition to the new standards, we’ve released the Standards Library.You can find the Standards Library on www.goorulearning.org in the top-right corner. At the moment the Library contains standards-aligned collections for all Common Core Math standards grades 5-12. However, we’re planning on expanding this library in the near future, so check back in regularly for updates!
Preparing for next-generation assessments
Common Core isn’t the only new thing coming down the pipe! This month, teachers in 22 states are field testing the new Smarter Balanced assessments. Worried that your kids aren’t ready for computer-based assessments? The best preparation is exposure. Add questions to your collections to help your students get used to digital assessments.
Community events
ConferencesLast week the Gooru team headed to sunny Palm Springs for the annual Computer Using Educators (CUE) conference! We worked with our wonderful partners at Intelligent Papers to hold get-togethers, meet fans, and even lead a workshop.Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth or attended our workshop! It was wonderful meeting so many fantastic teachers, school administrators and fans. Check us out on Twitter to see some photos from the conference!
Shout-Outs and WebinarsShout-out to Longi Summers and Shawna Crawford in Riverside, CA, who shared their Gooru expertise at their local Edcamp! Way to go, Longi and Shawna!If you’re looking for a way to get involved with the Gooru Community, attend one of our webinars! We hold webinars on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. It’s a fantastic way to learn practical tips and connect with a network of amazing teachers. We’re holding a webinar today,April 26th at 3:30 pm (PST). Sign up for the webinar or view recordings of previous webinars here!

Photo courtesy of Wes Kriesel

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Mcloughlin
It’s not easy being the on-call technology expert for a school of 700 students. In her role as technology coach at Highland Elementary in Riverside, CA,  Ms. Mcloughlin is responsible for making sure that each student receives content and attention that match his or her needs and interests.Teacher tips:
The key to juggling so many students is adaptability and an eye for detail. As she guides her 4th graders through a free-exploration activity on Gooru, Ms. Mcloughlin keeps her eyes open for resources that her students respond to. Popular resources will find their way into the Gooru collections that Ms. Mcloughlin uses to organize her curriculum.Want to learn more?
Read the rest of this article on our Community Stories page.
Great Content
Personalized LearningTools like Gooru make it simpler than ever to personalize your instruction. Learn how with this collection!
ExpressionsDip your toes into the new Standards Library with this Common Core aligned collection! This collection is aligned to standard M.5.OA.A.1
Earthquakes (mobile friendly)Take this Earthquakes collection to go! All of the resources in this collection work on the iPad.
Need Help?Check out Gooru Support for step-by-step instructions and answers to all of your questions.
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Posted: March 31st, 2014