Making a timeline

TimelineI want my year 9s to make a time line in French for their daily routine . I have been looking around at what is available because this will be the first exercise they do on their new laptops. There are some great timeline sites but they all seem to rely on joining up and sharing the timeline. We seem to share everything these days and we seem to have to sign up to every site we want to use. Well, not every site. Just seems like that. Dipity was my favourite. It is very visual and you could get some real power out of timeline creation in a classroom. Our timelines is an efficient text based timeline maker but requires entering years and would suit other activities but not this one. teAchnology had a simple fuss free timeline generator which I have featured left. It could only take 8 items and couldn’t reproduce the French accents. Pity. That was the most useful generator for my purposes. I did also download the Timeline Maker for Office 2007+. It’s free and took 5 minutes to install. This is a PowerPoint timeline maker and it’s very impressive. It comes with a free welcome PowerPoint tutorial which was perfect. I can use that at home but not at school. At school we have Macbooks and there doesn’t seem to be a Mac version yet. On Windows it will run on Vista and above. For me , timelines take the fatigue out of learning and practising sentence structures. The students can be focussing on creating something interesting as they use their newly learnt – in this case daily routine – language. I’ll get them to map one out in the teAchnology one and then expand it into Powerpoint and we can use the Smart Art. Some might like to use Excel.

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3 Responses

  1. Good post. Cathy. I Have similar experience s with timeline maker. I agree with your conclusion

  2. […] discussions because there was a need to get it just right for the students. I had planned to do timelines as I had posted earlier. I could not have planned a better lesson but I did not anticipate the […]

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