Saturday, October 20, 2012

Six Multimedia Timeline Creation Tools for Students

This week I ran a workshop on mind mapping, brainstorming, and timeline creation. These are the timeline creation tools that I included in the workshop.

Meograph offers a nice way to create narrated map-based and timeline-based stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth. However, Meograph is browser-based so that students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers. August 2019: This tool is no longer available.

Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Like most good web tools, Dipity has a collaboration option and has multiple options for sharing your timelines publicly or privately. Each entry to a Dipity timeline can include multiple types of media which allows users to add more detail and information than can be included in a traditional timeline. If you want to import Tweets and other social media messages, you can do that too on Dipity. Dipity will work on your iPad. This tool is no longer available (August 2019)

myHistro is a timeline builder and map creation tool rolled into one nice package. On myHistro you can build a personal timeline or build a timeline about a theme or event in history. Each event that you place on your timeline can be geolocated using Google Maps. myHistro timelines can be created online or you can use the free iPad app to create events on your timeline.

I like XTimeline because I find it to be a great service that is very accessible to high school students. Using XTimeline students can collaborate, just as they would when making a wiki, to build a multimedia timeline. Timelines built using XTimeline can include text, images, and video.XTimeline will accept dates in A.D./B.C. format. Update 1/20/2014: XTimeline appears to have gone offline. 

TimeGlider offers some nicer layout features compared to XTimeline, but is not quite as intuitive to use as XTimeline. The layout features that I like about TimeGlider is the ability to stagger or indent events below each other in a sequence. TimeGlider also makes it easy to display the relative importance of an event by increasing its size in comparison to other events on the timeline.

Time Toast is easy to learn to use. Time Toast does not have the more advanced editing options that XTimeline and TimeGlider offer.

Google Earth in Education - A Google+ Hangout

Google Earth is a very versatile program that educators often associate only with social studies. Google Earth can actually be used in literature, mathematics, and science lessons too. On November 2, 2012 Jerome Burg and Thomas Petra will host a Google+ Hangout all about using Google Earth in education. Jerome Burg is the creator of the excellent Google Lit Trips site and Thomas Petra is the creator of the fantastic Real World Math site.
Applications for Education
In many of my presentations I talk about finding your own PD opportunities that are meaningful to you. This Google+ Hangout on November 2 is an example of informal PD that can be meaningful to teachers who are interested in learning more about how to use Google Earth in their lessons.

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Good morning from Missoula, Montana where I just finished delivering the kick-off presentation for Discovery's DEN Virtual Conference. If you missed it, the archive of my presentation as well as those of many others will be available on October 26. Earlier this week I had the privilege to work with teachers and pre-service teachers here in Missoula too. Thank you all for your support that makes this blog popular and in turn provides me with these great opportunities to present all over the world.

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Chrome Books for every student or iPads for half of your students?With the current pricing structure of the two devices I think that is a question that some schools will be asking as they look to acquire devices for students.