The ASX Small Ords kept things on a pretty even keel this morning, edging lower but hanging around the 2,720 level where it’s been trading all week.

There was the usual round of leaps and falls among the small-cap miners, but the big news was in educational tech as online recruitment platform Gooroo shot higher.

For an small-cap ASX tech company, signing some kind of deal — any deal — with Microsoft is usually a good sign.

And that was the case for Gooroo (ASX: GOO) this morning, which rocketed higher by more than 80 per cent after inking a commercial agreement with the tech giant.

Phase 1 of the deal — set to be completed by 30 June — will see Microsoft pay Gooroo to test its career-planning software with a number of Microsoft’s partner universities.

Gooroo’s technology uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience to help determine where a student’s skills and interests are best-suited.

“Both parties are working on further details about this program and any relevant information will be made available in due course,” Gooroo said.

In resources, Odin Metals (ASX: ODM) has been jumping around lately and was up 33 per cent, after updating the market yesterday on drilling results at its joint venture project in Silver Swan North.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Thursday, March 28:

ASX Code Name Last Price Percentage Change Market Cap Volume
GOO Gooroo Ventures Ltd 0.096 63% $9,900,000 9.4M
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd 0.002 50% $3,500,000 2.5M
SHK Stone Resources Australia Ltd 0.003 50% $2,400,000 500.0k
GTE Great Western Exploration Ltd 0.004 33% $3,900,000 3.2M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.004 33% $4,100,000 30.0k
ODM Odin Metals Ltd 0.14 33% $21,500,000 8.6k
RFG Retail Food Group Ltd 0.26 26% $47,500,000 2.7M
QGL Quantum Graphite Ltd 0.003 25% $18,900,000 500.0k
WZR Wisr Ltd 0.08 21% $42,200,000 1.3M
GBZ GBM Resources Ltd 0.006 20% $6,500,000 275.6k
ADN Andromeda Metals Ltd 0.006 20% $8,100,000 200.0k
SCN Scorpion Minerals Ltd 0.013 18% $2,300,000 15.0k
IP1 Integrated Payment Technologie 0.03 17% $3,700,000 70.0k
TMX Terrain Minerals Ltd 0.004 17% $2,300,000 896.0k
IPT Impact Minerals Ltd 0.007 17% $9,300,000 15.0k
FZO Family Zone Cyber Safety Ltd 0.22 16% $31,900,000 81.8k
CM8 Crowd Media Holdings Ltd 0.02 15% $3,500,000 505.3k
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.008 14% $25,800,000 4.7M
OAR Oakdale Resources Ltd 0.02 14% $2,900,000 35.4k
PIO Pioneer Resources Ltd 0.02 14% $24,100,000 1.7M

On the losing end of the scale, there were large falls among the mining minnows as Metminco (ASX: MNC), Metals Australia Ltd (ASX: MLS) and Volt Power Group (ASX: VPR) all down by 33 per cent.

And Leigh Creek Energy (ASX: LCK) came off the boil with a 16 per cent fall to 35 cents, after surging higher earlier this week following news that its gas reserves are as big as the Cooper Basin.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Thursday, March 28:

ASX Code Name Last Price Percentage Change Market Cap Volume
MNC Metminco Ltd 0.002 -33% $2,400,000 1.5M
MLS Metals Australia Ltd 0.002 -33% $5,400,000 130.9M
VPR Volt Power Group Ltd 0.001 -33% $8,200,000 25.0M
NGY NuEnergy Gas Ltd 0.02 -26% $29,600,000 300.0k
TPD Talon Petroleum Ltd 0.003 -25% $5,000,000 3.0M
CTM Centaurus Metals Ltd 0.006 -21% $13,500,000 25.2M
VAL Valor Resources Ltd 0.002 -20% $3,800,000 5.2M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL 0.002 -20% $10,800,000 50.8k
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.002 -20% $1,300,000 37.1k
MZN Marindi Metals Ltd 0.004 -20% $7,900,000 2.5M
MSE Metalsearch Ltd 0.004 -20% $2,400,000 1.0M
AXT Argo Exploration Ltd 0.012 -20% $2,200,000 27.6k
TYX Tyranna Resources Ltd 0.005 -17% $4,700,000 584.0k
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd 0.005 -17% $8,200,000 5.3M
LCK Leigh Creek Energy Ltd 0.35 -16% $182,600,000 30.5M
KWR Kingwest Resources Ltd 0.14 -15% $7,100,000 75.0k
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0.003 -14% $5,000,000 100.0k
RES Resource Generation Ltd 0.1 -13% $58,100,000 660.0k