Gooru is a free educucation search engine that strives to "aggregate the best of the web, giving you high-quality and free multimedia resources within seconds..." which can then be "organize[d]...into a playlist called a collection." The potential for teachers is immense as they can very quickly discover quite an assortment of resources on a subject in a myriad of formats that they might find useful for their students' learning enrichment. To begin, you just type a subject into the search box or choose the "Browse Library" option below the "Search" icon to see a list of subjects and their resources.
Gooru's initial emphasis has involved providing comprehensive collections "...on math, science, and social science subjects for 5th through 12th grade", but they are also "constantly expanding to more subjects and grade levels." As stated on their "Who Are We?" page, Gooru's team of educators includes "education researchers, academic experts, designers and engineers who share a passion for education." At the same time, Gooru also "encourage[s] the use of Open Education Resources (OER) and allow[s] users to upload their own material and make it available on Gooru Search." According to their FAQ page, a Gooru account is not needed to "use or share resources....However, if you want to save your favorites or customize a collection, you will need to sign up...." To sign up, click on the "Register" option at the top righthand corner of the Gooru home page. To learn more about this innovative education search engine, visit Gooru's Help Center.
- Kerry Vash, Online Librarian, Blog Co-editor -