Creating Multimedia Timelines

During our Middle East Unit, I asked students to create a timeline about one of four possible events: the Isreal-Palestine Conflict, Iraq War, Afghanistan War, or Arab Spring. Students were given time in the computer lab for research and then they moved on to creating their timelines.

My favorite website of all the timeline sites out there was dipity.com. It was intuitive and had a lot of features. For each date, you can add a picture (uploaded or URL), video URL, event description, location (which links it to google maps), and a link for more information which students used to cite their sources. And students can share their timelines and allow other users to contribute to them.

Unfortunately, the weekend before the due date, dipity.com experiences a lot of issues. The homepage had a meme timeline that would show up in the place of student’s timelines when they logged in. I received a screen shot from a parent that showed inappropriate images that were posted on the meme timeline. Even after the site was back up, many students were having difficulty adding events to their already created timelines. Many then switched to timetoast.com, capzles.com, or xtimeline.com.

It was a great project which would have been even better without the technical issues.

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Student Accounts

As I search the web, I find these really cool websites that I want to try with my students. Thinglink, dipity, voicethread, findery… Those are just a few I’ve looked at over the last week. Of course it would be easier to try to implement these project ideas if I had 1:1 with chromebooks or something of that nature, but I digress.

I’m wondering how students will be able to show off their products with these sites, how I will grade them, and how are they going to keep their passwords straight!? They can’t even remember their gmail account passwords!

I look forward to showing off how my students use cool web tools. Now if only MCA testing didn’t take over the computer labs for the next few weeks…

Starting to blog!

I’m going to start blogging! I will use this site to reflect on my favorite lesson ideas and post links and sites that I hope to implement into my curriculum.

My goal as a teacher is to always be evolving. Education technology changes so quickly, it should lend itself to that goal. I want to be a teacher that helps students create things that they want to share with the world, not throw in a recycling bin.

Let the blogging begin!