Thursday, March 1, 2018

7 Options for Creating Timelines Online - An Updated Comparison Chart

Making timelines is a go-to activity for many social studies teachers. When I made timelines as a student and in my first year or two of teaching, timelines were made on paper. Today, there are better ways to have students create timelines. In fact, in Teaching History With Technology I feature a couple of my favorite timeline tools for use in high school, middle school, and elementary school classrooms. In the chart embedded below I showcase the key features of seven multimedia timeline creation tools.

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Bonus: A Timeline Game!
Play Your Dates Right is a templates that I like to use to create a game that is focused on helping students recall the sequence of historical events. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a simple timeline-based game with the Play Your Dates Right template from

Flowers of North America

Project Noah is a globally collaborative project to which anyone can contribute. On Project Noah you can share pictures and stories of the plants and the animals that you observe in your neighborhood.

Project Noah has a section titled Missions in which you can find projects that you can contribute to. The Missions ask people to make contributions of images and observations about a specific animal, plant, or region. I've just joined the Flowers of North America mission to share the pictures of flowers blooming along stream banks that I will take while fly fishing this spring.

Applications for Education
Project Noah has an Education section in which teachers can register their classrooms. Once registered teachers can assign Missions to their students and track their students' observations.

Squirrels!!! Why Are You Digging In My Lawn?

Along with the birds returning my yard, the squirrels and chipmunks are starting to dig around in my lawn. The same thing might be happening in your students' yards too. SciShow Kids has a new video that explains why squirrels are dormant for much of the winter and why they dig in the spring and fall. The video features a "squirrel cam" and a "squirrel pen pal" for the show's co-host, Squeaks.

After watching they watch the video consider having your students visit Project Squirrel to learn more about the various types of squirrels and where they live around the world.

The Role of Bird Migration in the Ecosystem

When I let my dogs out this morning I heard some birds chirping that I hadn't heard in a few months. That's a sure sign that spring can't be too far away. The sounds of the birds this morning reminded me of a TED-Ed lesson that was published a few years ago. Bird Migration, A Perilous Journey teaches viewers some statistics about songbird migration, the role of bird migration in the ecosystem, and the man-made challenges facing songbirds on their annual migrations.

Applications for Education
After watching the video and completing the lesson questions, a next step is to have students head to Project FeederWatch where they can see maps of bird migration patterns.

Project Feeder Watch is a public project. You and your students can contribute to the project by counting birds at a site near your school or even in your school yard.