Looking for a tool to help students organize information? Let's look at how to make an interactive timeline.
Today's video showcases SimpleK12 subject matter expert Monica Burns as she explains how to make a an interactive timeline using ReadWriteThink.org's Timeline tool.
Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing. – Timeline overview
Timelines are perfect for helping students understand sequence. They are especially useful when helping visual learners grasp the order of specific events to see how events fit together. Watch above as Monica shows how simple it is to create your own interactive timeline with this tool.
Another great feature of this site is the lessons provided. Take a look below the tool itself and you'll see some great lessons written by the experts at ReadWriteThink.org. The lesson plan ideas start with grade 3, and go all the way up to grade 12, so there is just about something for everyone there.
For more tools to enhance student learning, watch Creative Ways to Share Ideas and Classwork. Do your students need a creative way to share their research or stories? Join experienced teacher Melissa Edwards on a fast-paced preview, as she highlights a variety of sites that can be used as creative ways to share ideas by creating comics, animations, word clouds, and timelines.
What types of web tools do you like to use with students in the classroom? Share a couple of your favorites in a comment on this article.
About Our “Interactive Timeline” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.
About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.