Build timelines, embed media with cool storytelling tool

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Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration, Creativity, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Great for

Assessment, Creating Media, Media Literacy, Presentation

Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: Students can add a range of media, and the simple visual design helps make complex ideas more approachable.

Cons: You'll likely need to upgrade to a premium account. Some design tweaks aren't available (e.g., background color). Pre-built timelines can vary drastically in depth and quality.

Bottom Line: With a super-simple design and tons of flexible features, this is an appealing and intuitive way for teachers and students to organize and share class content.

Sign up for a free account and test-drive the features to see what might work for your classroom. The premade stories and templates include some excellent details and embedded resources, and it's worth spending the time to dig in and find content that might be relevant to your classroom. The wealth of embedded media here offers an interesting opportunity to explore media literacy. Teachers could encourage students to compare how different items of embedded media in a timeline portray the same issue or events. How does one author's portrayal of events differ from another author's account of the same event? How is that important?

Also, check out whether this might be a good format for collaborative work. Consider inviting students to create a Sutori timeline as they review for a history exam or recap the plot of a short story or novel. These timelines could offer students a visual way to organize a series of links to related documents for a document-based question, or a collection of videos or images about a particular event. Encourage students to use the timeline format to build their own multimedia-rich stories to present to their classmates. The great thing about Sutori is that the finished products feel more like social media than PowerPoint, so they could connect better with students and encourage them to think creatively.

Sutori (formerly HSTRY) is a web-based tool for creating and sharing interactive timelines and presentations. It was originally geared toward history classes, but it's since been repositioned as a tool to develop interactive stories. The developer's premade stories are mostly traditional timelines (users scroll down to navigate through them like a social media feed or webpage), but the community contributions cover all subject areas and range from presentations of knowledge to organizing daily schedules for classrooms.

To get started, teachers can create classes and send students codes to access shared timelines and create their own. A starter template walks users through the creation process, and the timelines are easy to edit and share. There are tons of options for adding content to the timeline (some only by subscription), including text, images, videos, links, quiz questions, and more. The site's free subscription includes basic features for sharing, collaboration, and student management; paid features include more options for embedding content, analyzing student work, and using premade, standards-aligned content and templates.

This is a tool that makes timeline creation -- and presentations -- feel fresh and new. It's terrific that teachers can embed primary source media directly on the timeline and surround those posts with multiple-choice questions and discussion prompts. And it's also terrific that students can collaborate in real time to create their own timelines. For teachers, building your own timeline with this tool might be as simple as adapting an existing outline or slide deck to this new format, but  the simple, visual presentation style here has great potential for helping students make connections. Though some of the user-generated stories are uneven, the developer-created stories are solid, and they're a good starting point for creating your own standards-aligned lessons and activities. Just be aware that it's easy during the free trial to get hooked on the paid features, so if Sutori clicks for you, it's likely going to require an annual subscription. Also, while the tool is exceptionally well designed, it still would be nice to see some further customization -- for instance, more color and theme options.

Learning Rating

Overall Rating

Scrolling through these slick timelines feels like social media -- in a good way. It's easy for students to navigate teacher-created timelines and create their own.


Embedded questions provide immediate feedback, and flexible features give students endless ways to present and tell stories. Built-in timelines include standards-aligned lesson plans.


The site walkthrough and help tools are stellar, and the design isn't busy with high contrast. It'd be nice if students could more easily track their progress and favorites.

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Collaborative culture with Sutori

I like how Sutori lets my students take control of the content we are learning about. They are able to build upon their interests and develop it into concrete knowledge.

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users.
  • Personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
  • Personalised advertising is not displayed.

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