We're excited to announce the launch of our newest literacy tool, the Zinc Close Reading Experience, which uses interactive, student-led video lessons to teach close reading with commonly taught texts like Romeo and Juliet and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Through guided practice, the feature will help students learn and/or reinforce necessary skills for effective reading. Learn more here.
Jay Willis recently interviewed Zinc's founder, Matt Bardin, on the key element of education: literacy. "Most people think of test prep as a bunch of tricks and shortcuts and I learned pretty quickly that those don’t work. What I came to realize was a lot of it came down to how people read and think, but mostly how they read," Matt says. Listen to the full interview here.
Zinc's experience with the New York City Department of Education's iZone led to some big insight into how districts across the country can disrupt the education technology status quo. Check out these pearls of wisdom in an EdSurge article, written by Zinc's Director of Business Development, Colette Coleman, here.
Zinc was thrilled to demo at the New York Tech Alliance's final event of 2016, a night devoted to innovative ed tech solutions and presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Education's iZone. If you weren't able to attend, but want to see what you missed, you can check out the recording here!
Digital Promise, the organization known for its commitment to advancing educational innovation to strengthen learning, recently recognized Zinc for efforts to build our Reading Labs tools with a strong research foundation.
Zinc is unique in its combination of in-context vocabulary and diverse content - and this mix wasn't a random decision! We chose to link these two components because research consistently shows that students need to know at least 90-95% of words in a text in order to comprehend what they're reading. Researchers also find that explicit vocabulary instruction is crucial, even for secondary school students. Our experiences as educators confirm the importance of word and term knowledge for reading success.
To learn more about the adolescent literacy research upon which we based Zinc, start by checking out this report from the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences .
Zinc strives to support learners in all environments, so as more and more families are deciding to homeschool, we're adapting to meet these users' unique needs. We're getting great feedback on how our diverse offerings complement what homeschooling parents have in place and help to prep students for standardized exams, like the SAT and ACT. And with our leaderboard showing all Zinc users, homeschool students get to benefit from the healthy competition that our students in traditional classrooms experience.
Cathy Duffy, the renowned homeschool curriculum specialist and author of Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual weighed in on Zinc on her site. Read her full review here.
Zinc is based in the heart of Manhattan with offices right on Union Square, and as New Yorkers, we're thrilled to have our programs expand into our hometown's schools! The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the largest district in the nation, serves over 1 million students in nearly 2,000 schools. Given this massive reach, we're thrilled to be part of the district's Short Cycle Evaluation Challenge (SCEC) run through the iZone, a branch of the DOE which was created to use innovation to foster personalized learning and college readiness. The SCEC is one of iZone's initiatives that helps schools to get the right technology into their classrooms quickly through a structured 90-day pilot and supplemented with professional development opportunities with the iZone team and Zinc.
This year, we'll be working with math, history and biology teachers at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn and English, ESL and history teachers at the Business of Sports School in Manhattan. Throughout the pilot, the Center for Children and Technology will collect data, which will be synthesized at the close to determine Zinc's efficacy and impact. This data will also contribute to the Learning Assembly's ed-tech-pilot tool kit, which will benefit educators around the country. The iZone SCEC is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
EdTechReview (ETR), the Delhi start-up for education technology news and community, whom EdSurge labels as their “Indian Twin,” recently published a comprehensive Zinc review. Highlights include a reference to the program as “a great way for both educators and students to keep in a loop and work together,” and a suggestion that the reports allow all teachers and students, to analyze “weak and strong areas and work accordingly.” Check out the full review here.
We’re thrilled to contribute for the second year in a row to the SAT program at the I Know I Can Summer Academies (IKIC) at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine. This program, founded in 2011 by Teach For America alum and current Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, Michael Madormo, works to prepare students in the region for the rigor of the SAT using a unique, finely-crafted approach. Specifically, IKIC seeks not only to move scores, but also to strengthen cultural connections and build critical consciousness. Given the diversity of topics in Zinc’s articles and their cultural relevance, our program is a great complement to IKIC’s admirable mission. In addition, the IKIC program emphasizes joy and teamwork as one of its three key values, a focus perfectly aligned to the Zinc philosophy that learning should be fun and engaging. Through gaming components, healthy competition, and fresh, authentic content, we seek to keep excitement in learning - and even test prep. We’re eager to watch how IKIC students grow this summer with the support of their amazing and dedicated teachers and the Zinc tools.
The exciting shift to the new SAT is upon us! Learn more about this change and hear insights from Zinc's Founder and President, Matt Bardin, a test prep expert with over 20 years of experience in this article out of US News.
We're happy to announce that Veritas Learning Labs will now be known as Zinc Learning Labs.
We develop digital tools to improve reading comprehension, because we know that reading comprehension is the secret element that makes students succeed in school, on tests and in life.
The mineral zinc, though unheralded, has been used for millennia to strengthen and transform precious metals. Zinc also plays a crucial but largely unnoticed role in the functioning of most proteins in our bodies. Over two billion people world-wide suffer from zinc deficiencies which lead to weakness and lack of growth.
Nothing else is changing about our company. The Veritas URLs will re-direct.
Henceforth, we’ll be known as Zinc.