Do you remember the times in elementary school when we had to make timelines on paper? Well, I do and they were awful. Being someone with a little OCD about straight lines, these were stressful, especially when I did not have a ruler. Luckily we now have the technology to have many different tools that can help those less talented with a pen. Richard Byrne, the author of Free Technology for Teachers, posted an article titled Five Ways Students Can Build Multimedia Timelines that talks about five different timeline tools.
His post includes tools such as XTimeline, TimeGlider, Time Toast, TimeRime, and Dipity. These are all great timeline tools to consider and for more information on them go to Richard Byrne’s blog post from above, but let’s look at Timeglider.
This is a nifty tool that allows us to look at time through another lens. Although we think of these only being used for history, we can use timelines for many different topics. While most of the topics I looked at using this tool dealt with history, TimeGlider can be used for so much more.
Before I let you off easy to watch the YouTube video, I’d like to show you some useful aspects of Timeglider. You can view my timeline by clicking the screenshot below. Within this you will be able to use the bar to the right to zoom in and out to view more or less of the timeline.
I created a basic timeline that includes the major events leading up to the signing of Declaration of Independence. The reader and creator can sort items because of this neat feature that allocates a certain design to distinguish Acts from other events. Another thing you
may notice in my personal creation is the size differentiation
between the “important” events and the “less important” events. If you notice, the Tea Act is significantly smaller than the Declaration of Independence, which as we know is more important. If you take a close look after clicking on Boston Tea Party, you will notice the little link tab. If you click on that you will be taken to PBS American Revolution Page.
One great thing with this tool is you can incorporate pictures along with your text. You have three options when it comes to doing this.
First, you can upload your own personal picture. Second, you can import a picture using the URL. Finally, you can pick from the timeglider library.
Once you finish your timeline then you have a few options as to what you are going to do with it. You can make it public and share with others or you can keep it private and have for your own personal use.
If you like reading, you should skip the video and take a look at the How it Works page on the Timeglider page. Watch the YouTube video below for further instruction.
A little unknown fact is that Timeglider is not free for everyone.
For pricing and types of plans one can have, instead of the free tool that I am using, you can use any of the two other listed options. For myself, I was able to use the free portion because that is open to undergraduate and younger students, but the company does need money to keep running the program. By using the free version you are subjected to limitations. Some include: the number of timelines you can create (3,10,500) respectively, the number of sub-users, the number of views a time line can have, collaboration amongst other students and having a legend to categorize your events with specific icons. All of these neat tools within Timeglider are open for paid members. At the bottom of the pricing page, there is a little blurb that explains in detail why they closed the free version from everyone other than students, as well as why they cannot use advertisements.
For some more information on Timeglider follow these links listed below:
- Robert Janis, a member of the Kidela Capital Group, writes a blog post titled: Frustration leads to creation of Timeglider.com, which talks about how the tool was created and gives examples of how to use it.
- Timeglider – Web 2.0 Tools – New Possibilities for Teaching and Learning, created their own post on Timeglider to help explain how to use the tool.
- In his own blog post about Timeglider, David Reid, talks about how he uses this tool for time management purposes.
- In the blog Technology in the Classroom, Omar Ghosn, gives his own in-depth review of Timeglider. Ironically titled: TimeGlider – Review of Time Tool
Thank you all for taking the time to read, watch, and look at the other blogs. I hope you will comment and ask questions as I will love to aid you as you create your own timelines.