SEATTLE- Feb 27, 2014

Demonstrating the free ChronoZoom tool and curriculum to teach history through Project-Based Learning and Narrative

The ChronoZoom tool from Microsoft Research is a free open education resource (OER) to visualize relationships in history, which won the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Award for Best Educational Resource in 2013. Next week in Austin, a hands-on workshop will showcase new, free curriculum designed for this award-winning tool by former teacher David Hunter–the curriculum designer and founder of the innovative Zombie-Based Learning curriculum. Roy Zimmermann, Director of Education and Scholarly Communication for Microsoft Research, will also share the latest features of this free resource to demonstrate how students can build their own timelines to learn history with ChronoZoom.

Based on the successful model of Zombie-Based Learning, Hunter will review a free lesson using a fictional time-traveling narrative: The ChronoZoomer’s Guild, which teaches Historical Thinking without using a textbook. He’ll walk the audience through a Project-Based Learning exercise and demonstrate how to implement narrative—designed not only to hook students’ imagination, but also to engage them into higher-order thinking and learning in the classroom.

The workshop will take place at on Wednesday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 412. Preview a video of the SXSWedu workshop here.

About Microsoft Research
Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 1,100 brilliant scientists and engineers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and openly collaborate with leading academic, governmental, and industrial researchers to advance the state of the art of computing, help fuel the long-term growth of Microsoft and its products, and solve some of the world’s toughest problems through technological innovation.

Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to seven countries worldwide and brings together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on an array of unique talents and interests. Microsoft Research operates in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; New York City; Mountain View, Calif.; Cambridge, U.K.; Beijing; and Bangalore, India; and conducts research at Advanced Technology Labs Cairo; Advanced Technology Labs Europe in Aachen, Germany; Advanced Technology Labs Israel in Herzelia; FUSE Labs in Redmond; and Station Q in Santa Barbara, Calif. More information can be found at

About Zombie-Based Learning
Zombie-Based Learning is an innovative geography curriculum using the narrative of a zombie apocalypse, founded by former teacher David Hunter, MiT, in 2012. Using a Kickstarter campaign that generated 240% of it goals, this middle school curriculum is creating much excitement in the education space for both its academic rigor as well as its engagement potential with students. It is now being used in hundreds of classrooms and school districts around the world. David also does independent curriculum design work for clients such as Microsoft Research, TED ED, Valve, SmartLab, Big Picture Schools and is a board member for Amplify Education. Zombie-Based Learning is based in Seattle, Washington.


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