"Zoom In" to US History!

It is (relatively) easy to find ways to incorporate technology into STEM classes. But that's not always the case with other subjects.

Needless to say, I was excited when I heard about "Zoom In" this morning via one of the list serves I am on. The basic idea is that it's a free online platform to support middle school US history teachers as students with awesome, high quality resources. I have posted the email from researcher Noah Goodman under the video below, which explains it a bit more. Here is a video from their YouTube channel to introduce you to the first component of their sequence, the Hook.

"Zoom In is a free online platform that supports middle-school US history teachers and students as they dive into primary and secondary-source documents, collect textual evidence, and build understanding through writing. Through a grant from the Gates Foundation, the platform will
launch to the public in Spring of 2015 with 18 lessons across the course of US History. Before that launch, the Zoom In team is opening up early access for select teachers to use in their classrooms and provide feedback. Interested in finding out more? Visit the Zoom In Youtube page or email Noah Goodman.

Noah Goodman
Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center

Zoom In is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded free online platform for document-based historical inquiry.

Watch Zoom In background videos to find out more:

It looks pretty awesome to me! As always, let me know what you think or what I can do to help you with it.


  1. Wow, cool post. I'd like to write like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article... but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though.
    backup zoom recordings to youtube,


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