Teacher Review For RWT Timeline

Great tool and simple to use, but not many options.

Adam W.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I had my 7th and 8th grade students use this app to create composer/musician timelines. I had students begin by researching 15 major or significant events in the life of their musician or composer. I like to focus on composers as people, so my students had to find life events and career (music) events. After they have 15 events, I choose events to be described in greater detail. Once they have finished all of their research, students create their timeline using the RWT Timeline app. Once they completed their timelines, they found images to import for specific events. The only aspect that did not work well was providing more detail for specific events. There is a character limit that prevented students from entering all of their information. I plan to continue using this app but most likely as only part of a bigger project.
My Take
Overall, I think this is a great, simple app. RWT Timeline is very easy to set up and use. Its ease of use also lends itself to a wide range of ages and ability levels. Its simplicity, however, is also one of its downfalls. There are few options available to customize and personalize timelines. You can't change font, font size, background color, etc... There are 43 dashes that are used to add events in your timeline. You cannot add or delete these. There is also a character limit for full descriptions of events. Since RWT Timeline is an app, students must use the same device to access their saved material. Unless your students have their own personal devices or are allowed to take school devices home, they must work on them during the school day. Despite all of those seemingly negative aspects of the app, it still has many positives. As I mentioned earlier, it is extremely easy to use. An elementary student could have great success using this app. A high school senior could also use this app as an extra visual for a bigger project. The app is also available for free on both Android and Apple devices. Images can be imported from your device to add to each event. Although you can only save to the device you're using, you do have the option of saving your timeline as an image (jpeg) file. When your timeline is complete, the other option is to email it as a PDF. I have my students email their completed timelines to me so that I can review them and print them out. As a PDF or JPEG, the timeline can then be imported into another program like PowerPoint or Prezi. Finally, this app does not have to be used solely as a timeline. It can be used to represent the life and music of Franz Joseph Haydn. It can also be used to illustrate the water cycle or photosynthesis. There could be more options and functions on this app but overall I think it is a great tool