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ABC-CLIO upgrades history instruction with multimedia content


Video learning modules, text-to-speech and translation capabilities provide educators new approaches to teaching historical concepts and critical thinking

history-multimediaABC-CLIO Solutions, a digital curriculum resource for history and humanities, launches its World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras and World History: The Modern Era video modules at the TCEA Convention & Exposition in early February.

ABC-CLIO also released its text-to-speech functionality, translation tool, and World Geography & Culture Concepts at the convention to enhance its growing library of history instruction resources.

The World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras and World History: The Modern Era video modules offer more than 500 five-minute videos of award-winning teachers discussing historical topics and provides essential, engaging content that is compatible with flipped or blended learning and instructional scaffolding. Each video module includes an outline of key concepts, essential vocabulary terms, and word-for-word video transcripts to provide well-rounded instruction for history.

Next page: How the curriculum’s features support student learning

The text-to-speech feature meets the diverse learning needs of students by reading aloud text from any of the Solutions and utilizing closed captioning. Texts can also be translated and read in three different languages: Spanish, French, and Chinese. These tools enable English Language Learners, as well as students with special needs, to engage with the complex historical texts and concepts that may otherwise be inaccessible to them.

“Our unparalleled history expertise continues to grow with the addition of these new multimedia assets for ABC-CLIO Solutions,” said Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President. “Our knowledgeable teams of historians, editors, educators, designers, and engineers have developed resources that make history come alive through engaging videos and creative lessons that utilize the latest technology to meet the learning needs of teachers and students.”

The World Geography Solution has been updated with Geography & Cultures Concepts that follow current curriculum suggestions outlined by the National Geography Standards. The improved entries provide comprehensive information that provides examples from everyday life to engage students. The curriculum was designed by geography teachers to provide a clear instructional path for teachers that incorporates into existing curriculum, and makes geography interesting and relevant for students.

To learn more about the World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras and World History: The Modern Era video learning modules, the text-to-speech functionality, translation tool and World Geography & Cultures Concepts, visit ABC-CLIO at TCEA, or http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOSolutions.aspx.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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