Top FAQs for Teachers

1. How are teachers using Gooru?

Every student and classroom is different, and Gooru is flexible enough to fit their different needs. We are constantly awed and inspired by the stories of our teachers who take advantage of Gooru to provide the best possible instruction to their students in a way that is dynamic, engaging, and productive. In our mission to make high-quality educational resources free and accessible, Gooru’s potential is equal to the unbounded innovation and creativity of the educators and students who use it.

Click here to view the stories of some of the teachers who say Gooru has made a difference in (and out of) their classrooms. We hope they will inspire you to use Gooru in your own way and to share your own story. 

2. How do I get started?

Welcome to Gooru! Use Gooru to quickly find topic-relevant, standards-aligned learning materials from the best websites (NASA, Smithsonian, Khan Academy among others) and organize them into teachable and sharable lists, called “collections” -- all in one place. Best of all, it is free -- now and forever! Check out our walkthrough video for a quick overview. To get started, visit www.gooru.org and click “Sign Up” in the upper-right hand corner. Click here to learn more.

3. What is a collection, and how do I find them on Gooru?

A collection is an organized playlist of resources on a topic. As teachers discover effective, open, online resources they can organize these resources into collections and share them directly with students. Click here to learn more.

4. Where do collections come from?

Here at Gooru, we envision a world in which the best education content, experts, and community come together to provide personalized learning experiences and positive learning outcomes for students. The library of Gooru content contains 16 million resources and 1 million questions curated from the best websites on the internet. With a solid covering of subject matter for K-12 educators and students, our catalog of content was originally scaffolded with content from highly recommended educational websites, and further supplemented with resources acquired through our content partnerships. We maintain high community standards for safety, and our team monitors newly uploaded resources to ensure the absence of inappropriate content. Beyond this, we adhere to the "wiki" model, in which our users share a communal responsibility to keep Gooru safe and effective for students who are ultimately our end users.

5. How do I create a collection?

Once you’re registered on Gooru, there are two main places you can go to create a collection on Gooru. You can create your own collections from the resource and collections you find in search, on the Discover page. You can also build a collection from scratch from the Organize page. Click here to learn more.

6. How do share collections with others?

Once you’ve discovered an effective collection, or created one of your own, you can share it directly with others. We make it easy for you to share collections with others via social media and email. You can also make your collection public so that it is discoverable in by others in the Gooru community. Click here to learn more.

7. Can I assign collections to students?

A Class is a dedicated webpage that you can use to create and manage assignments for your class. You can create multiple Classes, which allow you to group and organize assignments for each class, period, subject area, etc. You can share an assignment from one of your Classes with students via a Web Link or Class Code. Both are found directly under the Class cover image in Teach. Click here to learn more.

8. Can I provide my students with assessments using Gooru?

You can add questions to the collections you create to check for student understanding. Click here to learn more.

9. Can I add my own files or websites to Gooru?

Already have effective images, handouts, or slides on your computer that you would like to use on Gooru? Gooru allows you to add these files as resources in your collections. You can upload your own resources as you personalize your collections. Click here to learn how.


 

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