Xtimeline is a tool for creating interactive timelines, with added text, links, photos or videos within each entry. The timelines are very easy to create and I can see foresee myself using them in all types of different projects. Both for my own presentations and as student projects. It can be a useful tool wherever one needs to present a series of events such as of technical advancements, developments within religions, biographical work etc.
I think the greatest pedagogical winning with the timelines lies within the process of actually creating them. Of course they are also pedagogically useful in that they comprise legible visual presentations – something that also makes them a tool when it comes to working with children with special needs. Xtimelines also includes a social scene where users are invited to discuss each others timelines. Something which in turn is useful for practising language skills.
To make a timeline one starts of by collecting all the data needed, including dates, facts, photos, videos etc. Then one just add event after event to make the actual timeline. Each timeline gets it’s own URL and can hence be embedded in other web sites or linked to from other presentations such as for example Glogster posters.