Technology tools for history lessons
HSTRY Timeline Creator.
HSTRY is a multimedia timeline creation tool that will work on your laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet. With a HSTRY account you can build timelines in a vertical scroll format similar to that of a Facebook feed. To start the process pick a topic and upload a cover photo. To add events to the timeline just click the “+” symbol and select the type of media that you want to add to your timeline. You can add videos, images, audio, and text to the events on your timeline.
There are two features of HSTRY that make it stand-out from the crowd. First, as a teacher you can create an online classroom in which you can view all of your students’ timelines. Second, as a teacher you can build questions into timelines that you share with your students. You can even build-in explanations of the answers to your questions.
For other timeline creation tools, check out this chart.
My note: HSTRY could be a great tool, if the organizers were not that greedy. Their plan + kicks in way to early and does not allow participants to collaborate. E.g., Zaption allows teachers / students to “share” their presentations, but HSTRY asks right away to upgrade. Thumb down!
5 Timeline Creation Tools Compared – Chart
Free Online Tools for Creating Timelines – Richard Byrne – FreeTech4Teachers.com
|Multimedia options||Collaboration options||Registration required||iPad/ tablet compatibility||Output/ publishing|
|Timeline JS||Text Images Videos||Yes, if you collaborate through Google Spreadsheets***||Google Account required.||Display: yes Creation: no||Embed code for posting on blog / website.|
|RWT Timeline||Text Images||No.||No.||iPad app bitly.com/1vMTI7C Android app bitly.com/1vOcZEB Web app bitly.com/1ym46nY||PDF.
Image saved on camera roll.
|TimeGlider*||Text Images||Yes.||Yes.||Display: yes Creation: yes||Embed code for posting on blog / website. Direct link to TG page.|
|Dipity**||Text Images Videos||Yes.||Yes.||Display: yes Creation: no||Embed code for posting on blog / website.|
|MyHistro||Text Images Videos||No.||Yes.||Display: yes Creation: iOS||PDF.
*TimeGlider’s basic plan is free for students. A paid subscription is required to activate collaboration tools.
**Dipity’s basic plan is free for students. The basic account is limited to three timelines.
***Timeline JS utilizes Google Spreadsheets as the basis of timeline event creation. Students collaborate on a spreadsheet to build timelines. A video of the process is available at http://bitly.com/1zRLdr5
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