Week 1: Gooru Learning

I saw online someone’s take on the 365-day photo project – doing a 365-day web 2.0 project.  I wasn’t sure I had that in me – I’m even having a hard time with taking pictures every day! – but I decided to do a 52-week web 2.0 project, in an effort to find some great tools to give to specific teachers.  


For week one, I investigated Gooru Learning.  The folks bringing the world this repository of science and math education resources state that their mission is “to make high quality education accessible and free to the world’s one billion students within three years.”  Lessons are available in a plethora of science and math  subject areas, and targeted for 5th – 8th grades, although the high school science teacher I shared this with thought there was a lot there that she could use.  From what I saw, the interactives, videos, etc. here aren’t created for Gooru and aren’t solely on here, but this is a sort of online library for math and science teachers.  (I could have used this as an example in my Cataloging class when we needed to name a library online!)


The main page includes lessons on everything from the solar system, weather and climate, states of matter, and mammals (5th grade science) to absolute value, graphing linear inequalities in two variables, functions involving square roots, and the Pythagorean Theorem (8th grade math). 

Currently, Gooru Learning is by invitation only, but I received my invitation within 24 hours of asking.  It’s certainly worth the bother, though, if you are one who teaches math or science or help find resources for those that do.  Gooru Learning’s interface is pleasant and easy to navigate.  So much fun, too!  (I particularly love the interactives from the BBC – love those British accents.)  With nearly 2,000 lessons and over 18,000 resources, you’re sure to find something you can use.


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Fashionista

I learned a lot at the 1:1 conference I went to this week and have finally had the chance to play around with some of the Web 2.0 technologies I heard about. One that is a lot of fun is www.polyvore.com, which at first blush looks like a grown-up version of playing with paper dolls. But from the home page, click on Create, then on the box to the right, scroll down and under Embellishments, click on Text. Then have at it! It appears to me that you have to do a screenshot to save what you’ve done.
I know this isn’t hugely creative – give me some time – but here’s what I came up with for a “calling card”:

Addictive Game

Just wanted to share this addictive game that will have you reaching for your dictionary.  I think this would be super fun with middle or high school students.  The game gives you three letters to begin a word, like esc-, then you have to think of words that start with those.  But you can only have three or four (if I start playing again to check, I’ll never go to work!) words of any size – so x number of three letter words, x number of four letter words.  After a while, you’ll be like my little man down there and completely flummoxed!  (I’ll have to remember that word just in case flu- comes up.  Ha ha.)