How I Use It
We used this application to create Timelines in different perspectives (some opted for 3-D while others used a standard slideshow-like format) on Historical Inquiry (i.e. women in the 1920's First Nation's perspective etc.) Using the free version, we created a number of entries for each event by day, month and year (even second!) in each group. One person used his or her group's notes to create the timeline while others worked on the research and the presentation of the material. Creating accounts was reasonably easy for high school students and most added downloaded images and backgrounds with some support. The sharing of materials by URL was a intuitive way to share the material and the fact that this resource was web based made it reasonably easy to set up in a short time.
This timeline resource was helpful for creating a visual display of events or other material. Adding video and graphics by URL allowed creators the potential to share good quality materials. We found the interface was quite busy with much text especially with the "help" features turned on. Perhaps more visual rather than text based help features would make the interface more streamlined and user cognitive overload for users. Sharing by URL was easy and allowed our class to easily use our student- created timelines as good study and review materials. Overall, the option of one timeline for each email account made the free version the best investment with so much competition for increasingly expensive educational technology. Some students asked to create a collaborative Google Slideshow with dates for titles which was a good (and free) alternative with the advantage of collaborative sharing between group members. Although in fairness, the group edit feature offered by the premium version would offer a similar experience for users (also in 3-D) if so inclined. In short, this is a good product and we will continue to monitor the premium version for new updates and/or options but will continue to use the limited but functional free version as it does offer a useful tool to create and share in a timeline format.