EDC Zoom In History
A teaching and learning platform for K-12 history education
Blenderbox created a novel learning platform that empowers students to think deeply and write critically about pivotal moments in US history using primary sources to teach evidence-based writing skills.
Blenderbox has collaborated closely with the Education Development Center and their Center for Children and Technology since 2012.
The application is comprised of 24 U.S. history lessons that allow students to closely engage with primary source documents to read closely, take notes, and hone their writing skills with vocabulary and comprehension support tools. Behind the scenes, teachers can see a real-time dashboard of student notes and progress in the lesson, give formative feedback on a one-on-one basis, and share notes on a Smart Board with classroom-wide visual organizers.
“My first impression? Two words: game changer. Seriously. If you’re a middle or high school U.S. history teacher, this is something that you need to try. I’m not kidding. This thing is the future of historical thinking. Zoom In is what social studies instruction in the 21st century should look like.”
President, Kansas Council for the Social Studies
“My colleagues and I have never encountered a firm able to deliver effective user-oriented solutions to technical design challenges with the professionalism, confidence and skill that Blenderbox brings. ”
Senior Research Scientist, EDC Center for Children and Technology
- American Association of School Librarians / Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning