Join us on this episode of TTT for a conversation about curriculum building and sharing using the new (beta) Gooru: Search Engine for Learning http://www.goorulearning.org/
Paul Allison and Chris Sloan host:
Jo Paraiso, teacher at Fremont High School, Oakland and Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age member
Timothy Burke, School Partnerships at Gooru
Leah Jensen, Instructional Tech Lead at Oakland Unified School District
Andrew Wyndham, School Partnerships at Gooru
We brainstorm several use-case possibilities such as:
How can we use Gooru along with other tools like Crocodoc, Popcorn Maker, or Vialogues to not only collect resources, but make them interactive at the same time? (Can you help us add to this list of interactive tools?)
What if students used Gooru to keep a portfolio of the articles they've read, podcasts they've listened to, videos they've viewed?
How could teachers and students build collections together, using the copy tools in Gooru?
How can we use resource narrations and the new Classpages to guide and inspire students as they are using different collections?
We hope you enjoy this conversation between teachers re-imagining online education using Gooru, and if you missed the first TTT webcast with Gooru you can listen to the recording here: http://edtechtalk.com/node/5165
Find out more about Gooru http://goorulearning.org on this episode of TTT. This is the first in a series of webcasts in which we'll focus on Gooru, asking: How do you teach with Gooru? We'll be talking with teachers who use Gooru in their classrooms, asking them to share best practices and exchange ideas. And we'll dialogue with the Gooru team around what might be done to improve Gooru for all of us?
If you're new to Gooru, here are three places to start your inquiries:
Gooru Learning itself has a pedigree that is worth considering. Gooru is developed by Ednovo, the nonprofit education startup founded by Prasad Ram. Ram has a rich history in Silicon Valley, including work at Xerox PARC, Yahoo! and Google. While Director of Engineering for Google Research, Ram developed the concept for using search technology to discover educational content. Ram decided to leave Google in January 2011 and pursue this concept. Ram has started an education focused non-profit startup called Ednovo, which is going to build upon Gooru, a free web based education solution that was begun as a ’20% effort’ at Google, and piloted in India with 25 classrooms and 1000 students. Gooru allows teachers to use openly licensed web resources, find lesson plans on all subjects and topics and then customize it to their specific needs, with rich multimedia content including videos, slides, and simulations.
So, this morning, I went to Gooru to poke around a bit and remember what it is about. When I had been there last, the site had recently launched and I wasn’t quite sure what they were up to. There didn’t seem to be a lot of content. Now I understand. The site is another way to help students streamline their research queries (sort of like Instagrok, which I use) and for teachers to build up “collections” of resources that can be shared. I like the overall feel of the site — it takes a few minutes to get a sense of what to do, but once you understand it, you will see there are powerful paths to follow.
Every day teachers and students scour the web to find the best resources to help them learn or teach, pulling from different resources scattered all over the Internet--but what if you could find and organize all the best web resources in one place? With Gooru, you can. Watch NASA videos about solar flares, play interactive games on PBS.com that teach about friction, and take quizzes on equations from Khan Academy. We aggregate the best of the web, giving you high-quality and free multimedia resources within seconds, so you can spend more time studying, and less time searching. When you find resources you love, you can then organize them into a playlist called a collection.
You might also find out what you need to know to get started by listening to our inspiring guests for this episode of TTT:
Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan
host Xenia Shih, Timothy Burke, and Jody Donovan from Gooru
along with two amazing California teachers, Leah Jensen and Gail Desler.
Click Read more to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast and some important links to resources.
This group is for youth (13 and over) and teachers. It is a place to make stuff -- like digital stories, food, electronics, apps, robots, rockets, clothes, and more -- and to share with others. There are short projects that just take an hour or so and bigger projects that might take several days. Just choose whatever you want to work on and go! (With thanks for support provided by the Shuttleworth Foundation)
On this episode of TTT, Paul Allison @paulallison was joined by Karen Fasimpaur @kfasimpaur, Paul Oh, @poh, Terry Elliott @tellio, and Timothy Burke @Gooruteacher for a lively start to the New Year on TTT!