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Gooru: Science & Math Resources


Resource: Gooru is new service whose mission is to provide teachers and students with a variety of multimedia resources – videos, diagrams, interactive displays, documents and quizzes – related to 5th–12th grade science and math topics.

By creating a Gooru account, one has access to over 50,000 resources categorized into a variety of subject areas: earth science, biology, chemistry, geometry, and algebra to name a few. Once a topic is selected, Gooru provides the user with a list of materials according to media type (digital text, interactive games, images, video, etc.) that can be integrated into lessons, activities and/or projects. After users locate resources they wish to use, these items can be dragged and saved into a resource folder within the Gooru account. These collections can then be easily organized and customized by the user.

In addition to being able to search the Gooru resources by keyword, users can browse the Resource Library or check out Gooru favorites in the “Featured Resources” section as well. Users can also instantly preview, read comments, and see how other teachers and students have used each resource.

Another feature about Gooru that is worth mentioning is the fact that the site’s resources are vetted and published by educators and aligned to U.S. Common Core Standards.

Integration Ideas: Use Gooru to increase student engagement and motivation to learn by connecting subject matter with 21st Century resources and real life applications. Students can also create Gooru accounts to find study materials and/or practice assessments on the subjects they are learning in class.

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Tech Tip of the Week Archives


When I first developed the concept of “Tech Tip of the Week”, I not only sent this information to teachers via an email mailing list, but I also posted these resources to a “Tech Tip of the Week” wiki page located here.  Please feel free to check it out.  Hopefully you will be able to find a “cool tool” to integrate into your classroom! 🙂

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Oolone: Visual Search Engine


Resource:  Meet Oolone, a new visual search engine  to enter the Internet scene.  What sets Oolone apart from the more popular
search engines – Google, Bing and Yahoo – is that it displays its results  solely in the form of images as opposed to text.  That’s right!  Oolone actually generates snapshots  showing users entire web page previews that are available without having to actually click on the site itself.  These results are shown four slides at a time, but one can toggle through other pages to review additional information that is available on the topic selected.

Oolone also has a few filters that can be utilized to obtain more specific search results.  In addition to “News” and “Images”, there’s an adult filter that can be used to keep unwanted content from surfacing – a feature that is especially handy in the classroom.

Example of King Tut Search Results via Oolone:

Integration Ideas:  In terms of search engines, Google is still my personal favorite,  but if you’re looking for a way to maximize time in the computer lab with students, Oolone could be a useful tool for  you.  In addition to being able to sort through search results in a much quicker manner, the Oolone interface allows students to preview web pages to determine the likelihood a site that may be of benefit to them without having to leave the search results page.  Furthermore, the kind of visual results that Oolone can provide also has obvious advantages for English Language Learners and/or students who learn more effectively when the visible approach is an option.

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Looking for some technology integration ideas to enhance your classroom lessons? Then be sure to check out my "Tech Tips" for the latest and greatest Web 2.0 tools, applications and web sites that can be incorporated into activities and/or projects. Although some posts may not be applicable to your content area or grade level, be sure to check back often as I will be varying ideas in order to provide resources across the K-12 curriculum.

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