# Gooru

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###### Pros

A well-stocked, free, all-in-one platform for learning about almost any topic through the Web's variety of resources.###### Cons

Some resources don’t function perfectly within the Gooru window; it can be time-consuming to search, create, and remix collections.###### Bottom Line

A great portal for supplementing classroom instruction; supports independent and personalized learning.Teachers can create "Collections" of different learning materials, controlling which resources appear as well as their order.

A wide range of high-interest resources are available; engagement will depend on the collections teachers create and remix. Opportunities for independent and personalized learning should motivate students.

Each topic includes a variety of content types, from videos and interactive tools to digital textbook chapters. The analytics tool allows teachers and students to monitor progress. Resources are aligned to CCSS and NGSS.

The Gooru Support Center includes information on troubleshooting, classroom uses, and new features. Video tutorials and FAQs will help teachers understand all of the different ways Gooru can be used to support student learning.

Gooru would be a very effective way to personalize extended learning in a middle school or high school classroom. Students in need of enrichment can work through collections while a teacher could circulate, doing one-on-one intervention. Alternately, teachers could assign Gooru collections as out-of-class activities, either for reinforcement or remediation. In class, teachers might create collections for students to explore during a more constructivist learning unit. Most collections are divided into a Study section and a Practice section. The Study section has a sequential series of YouTube videos, websites, online courses, and other resources; teachers can use this tool to let students explore while also guiding their instruction.

Existing collections in the library are also customizable, so teachers can mix and match and even revise content to gear it toward the specific needs of their students. Alternately, for an extension activity, students looking to explore a new subject could build and share their own collection of materials.

Read More Read LessGooru functions as a sort of search engine for online lessons and learning materials. Its slick interface makes it very simple to find curated resources, like videos, interactive activities, digital textbooks, and websites. Most of the curated content centers around core academic subjects: math, language arts, social studies, and science. Teachers (or students) can organize resources into collections that are viewable by their classes or by other online viewers with the link to their collections.

Students and teachers don't need a Gooru account to search the site or browse collections. They can search by subject area and drill down to specific lessons ("collections") within each topic. For teachers, collections within most courses also indicate which Common Core State Standards or Next Generation Science Standards align with the materials. While resources might originate from anywhere on the Web, Gooru users view them as they're embedded within the site's interface. With a free account, teachers can create collections for their students to view in a specific order, presumably giving purpose to an overall learning arc. The site is set up to allow easy transitions between video clips, digital textbook chapters, and websites, and all navigation takes place within the Gooru window.

Read More Read LessGooru excels with its built-in assessments. Many topics -- mostly within the math and science sections -- end with a short quiz. As students take the quizzes, they get immediate feedback. Students can even change their answers if at first they choose an incorrect response, but note that each quiz concludes with a score based on students' first responses to each question. The assessments do a good job of promoting metacognition and students' ownership over their learning; however, in the end they're still quizzes rather than more holistic assessment of learning. The analytics tool allows teachers and students to monitor engagement, comprehension, and progress. This feature helps teachers differentiate learning, and it's available when teachers create a class and students choose to share their results.

Overall, the site's all-in-one-window approach helps keep it relatively distraction-free. Some items, though, such as the digital textbook pages, don't always load correctly in the Study mode. Every part of a collection also has an option for narration or customizable directions (which can help guide students through a challenging learning path). These can help students work independently, but the Narrations are only viewable as text; struggling readers or visually impaired students may need more support.

Read More Read Less## Key Standards Supported

## Reading Foundational Skills | |

RF.5: Phonics and Word recognition | |

RF.5.3 | Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. |

RF.5.3a | Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context. |

## Writing | |

W.6: Research to Build and Present Knowledge | |

W.6.7 | Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. |

W.6.8 | Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources. |

W.6.9 | Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. |

W.6.9a | Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres [e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories] in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics”). |

Text Types and Purposes | |

W.6.2 | Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. |

W.6.3 | Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. |

W.7: Text Types and Purposes | |

W.7.2 | Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. |

W.7.3 | Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. |

W.8: Research to Build and Present Knowledge | |

W.8.7 | Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. |

W.8.8 | Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. |

W.8.9 | Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. |

Text Types and Purposes | |

W.8.2 | Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. |

W.8.3 | Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. |

W.9-10: Text Types and Purposes | |

W.9-10.2 | Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. |

W.9-10.3 | Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. |

W.11-12: Text Types and Purposes | |

W.11-12.2 | Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. |

W.11-12.3 | Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. |

## Arithmetic With Polynomials And Rational Expressions | |

HSA.APR: Perform Arithmetic Operations On Polynomials | |

HSA.APR.1 | Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers, namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. |

Understand The Relationship Between Zeros And Factors Of Polynomials | |

HSA.APR.2 | Know and apply the Remainder Theorem: For a polynomial p(x) and a number a, the remainder on division by x – a is p(a), so p(a) = 0 if and only if (x – a) is a factor of p(x). |

Use Polynomial Identities To Solve Problems | |

HSA.APR.4 | Prove polynomial identities and use them to describe numerical relationships. For example, the polynomial identity (x2 + y2)2 = (x2 – y2)2 + (2xy)2 can be used to generate Pythagorean triples. |

## Expressions And Equations | |

6.EE: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Arithmetic To Algebraic Expressions. | |

6.EE.1 | Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents. |

6.EE.2 | Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. |

6.EE.3 | Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. |

7.EE: Solve Real-Life And Mathematical Problems Using Numerical And Algebraic Expressions And Equations. | |

7.EE.3 | Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. For example: If a woman making $25 an hour gets a 10% raise, she will make an additional 1/10 of her salary an hour, or $2.50, for a new salary of $27.50. If you want to place a towel bar 9 3/4 inches long in the center of a door that is 27 1/2 inches wide, you will need to place the bar about 9 inches from each edge; this estimate can be used as a check on the exact computation. |

Use Properties Of Operations To Generate Equivalent Expressions. | |

7.EE.1 | Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. |

7.EE.2 | Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related. For example, a + 0.05a = 1.05a means that “increase by 5%” is the same as “multiply by 1.05.” |

8.EE: Work With Radicals And Integer Exponents. | |

8.EE.1 | Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 32 × 3–5 = 3–3 = 1/33 = 1/27. |

8.EE.2 | Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x2 = p and x3 = p, where p is a positive rational number. Evaluate square roots of small perfect squares and cube roots of small perfect cubes. Know that √2 is irrational. |

8.EE.3 | Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 × 108 and the population of the world as 7 × 109, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger. |

## Number And Operations—Fractions | |

5.NF: Use Equivalent Fractions As A Strategy To Add And Subtract Fractions. | |

5.NF.1 | Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.) |

5.NF.2 | Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions |

## Operations And Algebraic Thinking | |

5.OA: Analyze Patterns And Relationships. | |

5.OA.3 | Generate two numerical patterns using two given rules. Identify apparent relationships between corresponding terms. Form ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns, and graph the ordered pairs on a coordinate plane. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 0, and given the rule “Add 6” and the starting number 0, generate terms in the resulting sequences, and observe that the terms in one sequence are twice the corresponding terms in the other sequence. Explain informally why this is so. |

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