How I Use It
I created a timeline of major geographic events that shaped history for the students to look through. Within the timeline, I incorporated a little of everything HSTRY has to offer: images, videos, multiple answer question, drag and drop questions, and even an audio clip. Set up was very easy. I created my class and gave the students an access code to join. Once students were logged in, they were able to navigate and interact with my timeline. The students worked on the timeline independently and were very engaged. Previously, they had only experienced timelines on paper. At first, some students were confused by the verticality of the timeline, but quickly adapted. At the bottom of my created timeline was a forum in which students wrote which event they thought was most important. Even after students finished the assignment they wanted to stay on and see what others were writing.
It’s almost not fair to call this a timeline app. HSTRY doesn't have to focus on just the chronological order of events, it could even be used to guide student through any topic. I really enjoyed the amount of control this app gave me while creating a timeline. It allows me to offer a variety options for the students. The students love that there were videos embedded in the timeline. They even liked the review questions in the middle of the quiz because they said were interacting with the timeline. The only downside is that there are two versions: the free and the premium. The free version is limited compared to the premium version. For instance, HSTRY professionally made timelines and printing is only available through the premium version. That being said, what you are capable of doing with the free version is pretty remarkable.