Description:- Gooru is a educational content search platform for creating digital content collection and creating online teaching environment while having control over the content and also keeping the same highly sharable while following different
- Online Collaborative System
- Digital Content Creation
Usability:- Gooru is a very good and engaging platform that teachers can use to create digital content for their students. Also the system can be used for open learning by any individual user, irrespective of him/her being a student, teacher or a parent. The system offers a great way to collect and manage resources, specifically for educational purposes and all content can be shared anywhere, with anyone easily. With upcoming features to help teachers manage teaching and help students to study under their teachers’ best guidance, the platform can be used to create a digital study environment.
Walk-Through:- Gooru focuses on 4 simple things - Discover(searching for content), Organize(creating a library of the content and editing the content library, delivering the content and tracking the progress, Teach(Teach the students targeting what they need) and Study(Personal learning environment). The Teach and Study features are under development.
It offers a whole bunch of resources for grades 5th through 12th. The content mainly follows Common Core Standards for Mathematics and California Science Curriculum Standards while more is being worked upon. Additionally, it supports addition and management of resources for K - 12 and Higher Education.
It also filters results to help get the appropriate content. The use of result filter, based on the type of results and according to the state standard makes the experience even better.
Anything that is searched for in the search bar,corresponding results for the same are shown in a tile based format with a quick description. A user can simply click and drag any item to the right column of the page where the system creates a collection of resources. Additionally the user gets filtering options in the left panel that features filtration based on the Type of information(Video, webinar, etc.), Source of the information(eg: NASA, IAEA, UN), Standard (USCCM.5.NF.1) Subject (Math, Science, etc.) and Grade Level (High School or Middle School.) The results are shown as individual resources, but the users can switch to the collection mode which pulls out already existent collections of resources created by others, with each result having a share button generating a shareable link. Also there is a details button that shows how many people liked a particular resource/collection, how many collections use the particular resource, grade level, and more.
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In order to create a collection, a user needs to have an account with Gooru with the user registration being a fairly simple task. The user needs to fill up the registration form with DOB and Email being its sole requirements. Once the user confirms the mail address by clicking the link sent by Gooru, the additional login credentials are asked along with the user’s role (as a Student, Teacher or a Parent).
Gooru offer a quick help guide to the users to assist users get acquainted with the system. This guide is supplemented with a video tutorial and a dedicated support e-mail id.
Once logged in, a user can very quickly search and navigate through resources and create collections of resources as per their requirements. The collection offers the user ability to add multiple resources under one head and share and manage the resources flawlessly. Additionally a user can use the collection management option to add additional information about the collection (eg: multiple subjects, course standard that the resource is following and sharing and privacy settings amongst other things). Teachers can have multiple collections containing multiple resources in the form of videos, images, pdfs, etc. One of the best features is that a teacher can add MCQ and True/False based questions along with explanations of the questions and hints to help the students answer the questions. The teacher is able to track the views of the collection and even track the correctness of the answers submitted by the collaborators(who can be the students or other users as well).
The system is pretty much open for all but under development. Features of collaboration and analytics are not available currently but still, Gooru is a very good tool for creating multimedia content for sharing with people.
Our Review:- Gooru as a platform is a very powerful tool and the team behind is putting in more and more features to make it an ideal tool for teaching. It is currently equipped with search and create collection features while the teach, collaborate and analytics features are under development. The tool offers very easy access for searching and creating collections of resources and all the results are apt for educational purposes along with the tile based layout and ability to create questions and add them as resources to the collection and rearrange the resources as and when needed. The sharing is again very helpful as a very small link is generated. One of the best things is the ability to embed interactive material as we got to know when we came across the topic “Dissolving Salts in Water” and the ability to support such interactive elements makes things very interesting not only for the teachers, but for students as well.
We look forward to the introduction of the features that will complete Gooru as a replete solution for teaching with digital content.
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