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Gooru: A search engine for learning

I’ve had the chance for some incredible learning opportunities lately, both formal and informal. Two conferences, the National Council for the Social Studies in Seattle and the Association of Educational Service Centers in Tampa, provided some great ideas and networking in a formal way.

But November was also a great month for informal learning through my PLN, with other ESSDACK folks, and with two marvelous people from New Zealand. Ali Hughes and Derek Wenmoth spent several weeks in the US and I had the opportunity to pick their brains last week.

What I learned from them would fill a month of blogs and together with everything else I’ve run across in the last four weeks, my head’s on emergency download mode. So lots to talk about!

Today? Something simple. What the creator calls

A search engine for learning.

Called Gooru, it’s basically a bunch of stuff that teachers can use as instructional and learning tools. Gooru allows users to access a pool of high-quality, vetted material within an easy-to-use framework. Users can interact, bookmark, customize and share their collections, as well as study using Gooru quizzes or suggested resources. Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community.


You can search and browse Resources – online, open source types of specific stuff. But it’s all tagged and aligned with standards. So you’re finding useful things quickly. Collections are just what they sound like – a bunch of stuff on the same topic created by both the Gooru people and teachers who have created Gooru accounts.

A search for “gettysburg” provides a variety of useful items under Resources


and Collections:


The site seems fairly new but already there is a nice wealth of goodies here. It reminds me a bit of Kayak, the travel / hotel / flight  search site. Like Kayak, you get a variety of resources from around the webs in just one place. And I like that you can create your own collection to share with students and other teachers. A win, win, win for everyone.

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