NEW YORK, NY | April 18, 2013
EDC has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a suite of digital tools that will help middle-school history and social studies teachers make better use of primary sources. As part of the three-year $3 million project, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), will create, test, and scale effective instructional methods for teaching with original source materials.
Specifically, Zoom In! Tools for Teaching Literacy in the Social Studies will support social studies teachers in aligning their teaching with the Common Core State Standards for literacy in history and social studies. EDC will develop a set of interactive analysis tools that teachers can use to help students foster habits of reading and writing while using evidence from primary and secondary sources. Zoom In! will also help social studies teachers learn how to read complex texts for evidence and perspective, anticipate and address the reading challenges their students will face, and lead focused discussions of rich texts in the social studies classroom.
“Helping students use challenging historical sources, such as newspaper articles and photos from the Civil War, and cite these sources in the writing they do, is more important than ever,” said EDC’s Bill Tally, who will lead the project in EDC’s Center for Children and Technology. “We’ll be working with teachers and students to be sure our new toolkit reflects classroom realities and offers skills that are useful in and beyond the history classroom.”
EDC has partnered with the American Social History Project at CUNY, which will help develop content for the toolkit, and the Brooklyn-based Blenderbox, a Web design and technology group.
The new toolkit is expected to be ready for teachers in late 2015.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that addresses some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. EDC manages more than 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org. EDC’s Center for Children and Technology investigates the roles that technology can play to improve teaching and learning. Visit http://cct.edc.org/.