Gooru Collection: Gooru Collection

 
 
 
Gooru Collection
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
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Gooru Collection

A Gooru Collection is a strategy I utilize frequently in my blended classroom to personalize learning for my students. Students log into our class on the Gooru site to access a curated "digital playlist" of engaging resources that I have found online or created myself. These different "texts" can be videos, images, articles, websites--basically anything that can be accessed online. Students interact with the resources in the Collection at their own pace, and I make time in each class period to check in with each student while they are engaged in the Collection (this is facilitated by my students' use of headphones). Students can review an uploaded resource multiple times if necessary to gain understanding. I include questions after every resource to prompt my students' thinking and/or to assess what they are learning from the resource. Given the media-driven world in which we live, it is important for my students to have this opportunity to synthesize their understanding of concepts and literary elements through multiple text formats. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a link to the Gooru website.
Student Work Sample
 
 
Once my students view a resource in the Gooru Collection, they answer a set of questions demonstrating their understanding and reaction to each resource. Each of the sheets in this resource shows the students' compiled responses to each resource.
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a link to the Gooru website.
Student Work Sample
 
 
Once my students view a resource in the Gooru Collection, they answer a set of questions demonstrating their understanding and reaction to each resource. Each of the sheets in this resource shows the students' compiled responses to each resource.
Johanna Paraiso
Fremont High School Oakland
Oakland, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Twelfth grade
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