Zoom in! is a web-based platform to promote literacy and critical thinking skills among middle school students.
According to the Nation’s Report Card 2014, only 18% of eighth-graders are proficient in U.S. history. Zoom in! is an online learning environment to support students’ mastery of content and skills required by the common core standards. During the project, I conducted an effectiveness evaluation by comparing student writings before and after the instruction with Zoom in!
You can find the evaluation criteria below:
- I evaluated the effectiveness of the platform by comparing students writing before and after the instruction.
I used a randomizer (https://www.randomizer.org/) as a tool to deidentify students’ data in order to protect their privacy. For the data correlation, I gathered the following data from the National Center for Education Sciences for each participating class.
- Total number of students in the school and district
- Average class size
- Teacher/students ratio
- Number of students who are eligible for free lunch
- Number of students with limited English proficiency
- Annual attendance rate
- Student race ratio
- Percentage of ELA assessment level 3 & 4
2. I worked for media development.
- I imported lesson content to the LMS developed in-house.
- I managed digital assets, collected copyright information for them, and added on the website, if necessary.
3. I took screenshots of each lesson, created lesson preview PDFs for teachers.
It was a great honor for me to have a chance to work with two pioneers of educational media research and development: Bill Tally and Jeffrey Nelson.