Time Launches Platform To Enhance Middle School Social Studies
In an effort to improve middle school test scores in
studies, Time and Time for Kids have
launched a new digital platform to offer students in grades 7 and 8 more content on geography, civics, United States
TIME Edge, the new digital platform, will feature
multimedia content as well as a number of learning tools for students,
plans and resources for teachers, and Common Core-aligned quizzes.
The platform will offer articles at different
with interactive features on current events. It will provide a way for
to quickly look up definitions of vocabulary words they don't understand
audio and Spanish-language versions of some texts will also be
In addition, Time Edge teachers will have access to
Vault, an archive of nearly 90 years of Time articles that connect
events with primary historical sources.
"As more emphasis is being placed on nonfiction
across subjects, it's critical for students to have access to engaging
content focused around information-rich news articles," said Time Edge
Executive Editor Suzanne Zimbler. "We're offering resources to support
close reading and argumentative writing, as well as the teaching and
of current events, science topics and more."
The Web-based platform is available on any device
Internet browser. Free previews are available now and schools can
classroom subscriptions beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
Time Edge is an offshoot of Time for Kids, itself a
Time Inc., which has provided education resources to teachers and
more than 20 years.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.