Monday, February 12, 2018

Timeline Resources for Creative Critical Thinking - Not Just for History Lessons

Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you're thinking in order to make your thinking better.
Richard W. Paul

Creativity - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students will:
  • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
  • Identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Critical Thinking - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students will:
  • Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
  • Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
  • Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

I have long believed that sketchnotes and infographics are great ways for students to connect concepts. I've always believed that the process of the creation is more important than the final product. Timelines are another great tool to help teachers and students connect important concepts. While traditional timelines focus on sequencing historical events, I believe timelines can be creatively connected to most content areas. Timelines are great for helping students organize thoughts and group concepts. 

Below are a few of our favorite digital resources for creating timelines. What are we missing? How could you use timelines in your classroom? Please share in the comments below.

Create Interactive timelines using the site's timeline widgets.

Google Autodraw
A drawing tool that pairs the magic of machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual.

Add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and diagrams.

Slides are a great way to sequence events and the new Grid View can be used to sequence slides connected to a concept or sequence of events. 

This presentation software is a perfect tool for creating a sequence of events. There are even timeline templates to help anyone get started. 

Sutori is a free digital learning tool for the classroom. It enables teachers and students to create interactive stories through a simple and intuitive interface.

Create, collaborate, and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It's like Google Maps, but for time.

An open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines.
Create beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.
Infographic timeline templates with a variety of themes. 

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