How I Use It
I use Zoomin to expose my students to the concept of analyzing primary and secondary source documents and images. It probes their minds with the higher level questions and makes them delve deeper into the evidence to explain their position on a debatable issue that is introduced to them. I like the self paced concept, because it doesn't matter if you are a gifted student or an ELL student you can read through the information and prove your position in the debate. If we have had issues, I have contacted the company and they have been able to explain the issue or have been able to fix the issue within minutes of submitting it.
The guiding questions are great! Students have to research, find, and formulate their answers based on the documents. Many of my students are surprised that they could actually write as much as they did when it all came together at the end of the lesson. I love this process, because I can keep track each student and see what they have accomplished and give feedback on each section if needed. I like for the students to have some independence while completing their research and this provides for that opportunity. When I asked the students their opinion on this process, they overwhelmingly said that they preferred this style of lesson as compared to the lecture types that they often get. This works wonderfully in a PBL classroom too!