Would you like to use timelines in the classroom? Check out Dipity.
Timelines can be more than a line of dates — they can tell a story. Dipity is a free website that allows you and your students to create digital timelines. Bring your story to life by mapping out images, videos, and other forms of media in chronological format. This is a unique way for your students to tell a story from their own creative writing, or map out an historical event.
Why might you use an interactive timeline in your classroom?
- Creating a timeline can help students compare information, organize ideas, and hone research skills.
- Organizing information via a timeline leads to better understanding and comprehension for students.
- Timelines are a great way to help students pick up on larger, ongoing themes throughout an era.
- Students can process new ideas more easily when they can relate them to previous events already mapped out.
- Timelines give students context for events, which helps critical thinking skills.
One benefit to creating a digital timeline (as opposed to the old fashioned way with pen and paper) is it’s easy to edit your timeline and make adjustments when necessary. You’re also able to share your timeline virtually via email or social media. You can even embed your timeline on your class website or blog, and maybe even have a special timeline outlining class events for the year that you can update over time with links, photos, and video clips of classroom activities.
Have you used timelines in the classroom before? How do you envision using this tool with students? Leave me a comment on this article below.
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.