Common Sense Review
Updated October 2016

Tiki-Toki

Create eye-catching multimedia timelines for any purpose
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • A help menu is available for each admin panel item.
  • Adding a story is very straightforward.
  • There are three ways to add images, although only the URL feature works with a free account.
  • Each timeline can be customized with a variety of settings.
Pros
Timelines are professional and easy to create; students accounts and group edit function useful for instruction.
Cons
All the best features require a paid subscription.
Bottom Line
Multimedia timelines connect events visually, creating pathways for deeper analysis of any chronological story.
Mary Beth Hertz
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Tiki-Toki is slick and eye-catching, though some students may find its many features overwhelming at first. Kids will be drawn to the multimedia options like video, images, and the 3D view. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

Kids can create professional and clean-looking multimedia timelines. Students can tie dates, images, and text together to create meaning out of historical events, people, or even their own lives. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The admin panel has a built-in Help tab that explains the tool. There are also FAQs and links to sample timelines. All the supports are text-heavy, and there's no video demo available for ELL students or low-level readers.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

For a teacher wanting to demonstrate how historical events flow and connect, a Tiki-Toki timeline could be the perfect instructional tool. The collaborative editing features allow students to create timelines as a group. Additionally, kids could add to a timeline you create to show their understanding of events in an historical time period or novel, or even use a timeline to report their current status on a project they're working on or narrate a personal story. It would be beneficial for teachers to spend some time getting to know the program and its features before introducing it to students. Teachers should create a model timeline to share with students and walk them through the process of timeline creation with a projection device before launching an assignment. It's a versatile program that requires an investment of time and money (to access many of the features and create student accounts). 

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What's It Like?

Tiki-Toki is an online, interactive timeline creator (also available as a desktop app). With lots of comparable sites out there, what sets Tiki-Toki apart is its ability to blend traditional chronological mapping with multimedia and text in a slick, professional-looking layout. Students add events with text, images, and even videos and can print, embed, or share their timelines. With a paid teacher account, timelines can be embedded in a class or teacher website. Along with the teacher account, students can create accounts using a class code and can collaborate.

To create a timeline, students first indicate the start and end dates. They can choose a featured image or a background image by copying/pasting the link to an image (which must be copyright-free). Students then add events to specific dates and can add text and media. With a free account, all media must be linked from elsewhere on the Internet. Paid accounts allow students and teachers to upload their own images. As students add to the timeline, they can scroll horizontally to view events, or they can view a list of the events in their admin area. Kids can share with others by sending their timeline's unique URL, printing, or saving as a PDF.

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Is It Good For Learning?

While Tiki-Toki is easy to use and visually appealing, most of the desirable features require at least $100 per year to use. For instance, teachers can’t upload their own media, create class codes for group editing, or embed timelines without a paid account. In addition, there seems to be a problem with the site’s Flickr integration, which makes adding copyright-free or Creative Commons licensed images nearly impossible to do. Also, while the site is pretty intuitive, most of the support documents are text-based, which makes them hard to access for ELL students or others who struggle with reading. That said, Tiki-Toki has a lot of potential for facilitating projects and discussion around history, novels, and current events.

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