CONCEPT: An interactive interface that brings the worlds historical events into a personalised timeline.
DELIVERY: Click the icon and you will be greeted with the world’s timeline. From the Big Bang all the way to today. An amazing introduction to a nifty App. The line before you appears never ending as you trail your finger along it. Not to fear, double tap the line and it will automatically resize on the screen. You will think your work has disappeared, but look closely and you will see little lines hanging vertically below the main timeline. Click on them or pinch outwards and your pictures and text will appear.
The menu provides many options. You can choose Wikipedia, Google, Yahoo or Bing to derive content. Click the Today in History option and a timeline of major events recorded on the date will appear.
Hold your finger on the timeline itself and four options appear. Add details such as date and title, choose from an extensive category list, press the + icon to add an event which can include text, pictures and website links.
The beauty of the App comes in the ability to export and import timelines. Students can be given separate research topics from the same period in time and then share them with each other to create a collaborative timeline. Its scope in Geography, History, Inquiry and many other subjects is extensive.
LIMITATIONS: One glaring limitation is the inability to transfer your work, you’re your camera roll, iMaker or Explain Everything. You can develop great content but unfortunately it is only accessible within the App. Hopefully a future update will rectify this.
CONCLUSION: A useful app that is transferable across the curriculum. The ability to collate on projects is very exciting. Cross your fingers they figure out how to integrate into other applications. 4/5
Applicable in all curriculum areas
Enquiry based learning activities