What is it? This is a “zoomable” timeline of timelines augmented with multimedia features. Packed into a single Web page, ChronoZoom represents literally the history of everything since the Big Bang, presented in a visual, navigable package.
How does it work? Users log on to ChronoZoom and immediately encounter a timeline that begins with the Big Bang and ends with the present day. Bookmarks allow users to zoom in on a given time period. Once there, they find a collection of media on that particular period. Then they can immediately zoom to another moment in history.
How hard is it to use? Not very. ChronoZoom is still in beta form, so it will certainly go through some changes in the coming months. It does, however, operate as one would expect. There were a few hiccups with some of the videos, but they did all eventually play.
How well does it work? Considering the sheer scope of the project, it works amazingly well. One minute students can be listening to a physics expert talk about how the universe is constantly expanding, then a minute later they can view a clip on the Industrial Revolution.
How do I use it in the classroom? Science and history lessons will no doubt benefit from ChronoZoom. Additionally, social studies classes—and pretty much any class dealing with anything that has happened since the dawn of creation—could find a use for ChronoZoom.
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