Teacher Review For Capzles

Capzles: A great multimedia timeline creation tool

Barry K.
Technology coordinator
Hathaway Brown High School
Shaker Heights, OH
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
The myriad of uses of Capzles is endless. It does not matter what subject you teach; Capzles can be integrated into the work that the students complete by allowing them to organize learning in the form of an interactive timeline. Each day, week, or month, students can create virtual artifacts of their learning. I used Capzles with a group of students who were part of a video production class. It was easy for my students to get started with Capzles, and they jumped right in to creating their own timelines. Each student created a Capzle timeline at the start of the year. During each assignment, students used Capzle to keep track of their progress using the integrated blog. After each video was completed, students posted the video on the Capzles website along with their final comments. At the end of the year, the students’ Capzles timeline was a true compilation of all of their work.
My Take
Capzles is an online tool used to create multimedia timelines. Photos, videos, audio, and text can be added to create a timeline on any subject. And, each timeline can be personalized with a variety of different themes and color schemes. As it provides significant flexibility in making a visual appealing timeline, students are naturally drawn to this sleek web 2.0 tool. Capzles could be used in any subject matter as a tool for students to present and share content. The finished projects can either be made private and shared with a specific group of people, or it can be shared with the world. It is easy to get started and create your first Capzle. Select the Create tab on the navigation bar and add a title and description. It starts getting fun when you begin to add media; from photos to videos to audio and text, you have complete control over the creation and design of the timeline. The biggest challenge in using Capzles is that it requires Flash. For schools using iPads or other devices that do not support Flash, Capzles won’t be a tool you will be able to use.