How I Use It
""" The free version of Tiki-Toki allows only the user to have only one timeline, so its use is very limited. The teacher account seems a bargain at $100/year, allowing the creation of up to twenty-five timelines by the teacher (any of which can be """"group edited"""" by students if desired) and up to five timelines each for 50 students.
Tiki-Toki would be a great tool for the study of history or current events, of course, but there are many other classroom applications. A timeline could serve as a planning tool for writing a personal narrative, or to track evidence of character development in a novel. In science it could be used to outline the history of space travel or the work of a famous scientist. The ability to attach high-quality image files would make it ideal for the study of art history or architecture. Any of the above could be written in a foreign language, complete with audio recordings of students speaking in the target language. Since the timeline can be set up in any intervals, even down to minutes and seconds, it could be used to examine the mechanics of a pitch in baseball or as a multimedia data log for a science experiment. Overall, the application seems infinitely flexible and well worth the investment."""
Tiki-Toki is a website-based application that allows the user to create clear and visually appealing timelines populated by any number of events or time periods, each of which can be elucidated through text, images, video, audio and links to additional material on the Web. In addition to the ability to create very polished looking material fairly easily, the "group edit" feature was the big winner. Using this feature, the teacher can establish the general settings for a timeline and then allow students to work collaboratively on adding events to it. The numerous options for timeline elements (video, RSS feeds, etc.) means that users will need to invest a little time initially in finding their way around, but a robust help feature provides very accessible support. Another especially welcome feature is the ability to show the duration of an event on the timeline in a way that helps put particular events in context with others occurring at the same time.