Teacher Review for Tiki-Toki

Create beautiful interactive web-based timelines

Michelle K.
Instructional Technology Specialist
South Western School District
Hanover, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It

Timelines are an invaluable learning tool for helping students place events in context. Historical timelines are the obvious go to use of this resource. However, there are so many uses beyond the chronological placement of historical events. Students could create a portfolio of work across a span of time, plot events from a piece of literature, and even organize items such as elements of fiction from a piece of reading. Student could even document daily thoughts using this resource, like a timeline presentation of a blog.

Teachers can create timelines or access existing timelines to be used as a teaching tool during a teacher-led lesson, as well.

The interface is busy and would take some time to learn. Once the process is mastered, possibly through the creation of a simple timeline, the possibilities are only limited by the imagination of the student.

My Take

The Tiki-Toki web based timeliner resource is a very engaging tool for creating interactive timelines. The program is advanced and most appropriate for older students to use on an individual basis. Groups are able to collaborate using the paid version of the program.

Tiki-Toki has pop up help windows all along the process, which is great since there are so many options. Students can add text, images (uploaded or Flickr) and video (YouTube and Vimeo) to their timelines.

Each event is considered a story which can have an introduction, in addition to multimedia components. We loved the idea of incorporating storytelling into the timeline experience. What a great alternative to the traditional use of slideshow as a presentation tool.

Timelines can be shared online, which is great for feedback, gallery walks and global publishing of work.