Site URL: GooruLearning.org
Content: Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students.
Design: As with a lot of new sites, this one uses a light and bright motif. Unlike many, however, Gooru pulls it off with just the right amount of graphics. As visitors read through the site, links and other forms of navigation appear exactly where needed.
Review: Gooru aims to provide an education-specific search engine. With this service, users weed out results that are not related to the K-12 educational space. Users also can search for learning playlists created by teachers on the platform.
Once users receive results, they can quickly and easily pinpoint the exact resources for their teaching needs by filtering those results by grade level, resource type and Common Core State Standard.
In addition to providing a streamlined search service, Gooru also allows users to save the resources they’ve found in their own, personal library. Simply drag and drop pre-existing collections to save them in that library. Once saved, users can customize collections by uploading their own resources, adding narration to resources and inserting questions to test for understanding.
Gooru is currently in Beta, meaning that features are likely to be added and removed. It is, however, already a very solid platform—certainly one worth investigating further.
Bottom Line: It may only be a Beta version, but Gooru is ready for prime time.