Top FAQ's for teachers

1. How are teachers using the Learning Navigator?
Every student and classroom is different, and the Learning Navigator is flexible enough to fit their different needs. We are constantly awed and inspired by the stories of our teachers who take advantage of the Learning Navigator 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, the Learning Navigator’s potential is equal to the unbounded innovation and creativity of the educators and students who use it.

2. How do I get started?
Use the Learning Navigator 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! To get started, visit www.gooru.org and click “Sign Up” in the upper-right hand corner.

3. What is a collection, and how do I find them on the Learning Navigator?
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.

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’s Learning Navigator contains over 4 million resources, 15 000 collections, 250 000 questions, 5000 assessments and 35 educator-curated courses.  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 the Learning Navigator safe and effective for students who are ultimately our end users.

5. How do I create a collection?
Once you’re registered on the Learning Navigator, there are two main places you can go to create a collection. You can create your own collections by remixing resources and collections you find in search or you can also create a collection from scratch.

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.

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 the class code which can be found under the Class Management tab.  

8. Can I provide my students with assessments using the Learning Navigator?
You can add questions to the collections you create to check for student understanding.

9. Can I add my own files or websites to the Learning Navigator?
Already have effective images, handouts, or slides on your computer that you would like to use on the Learning Navigator? It allows you to add these files as resources in your collections. You can upload your own resources as you personalize your collections.  
 

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