A. Instruction - 6.5
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 9
Timeline Eons: A Best App for History
Summary : A Must-Have App for Social Studies
Timeline Eons presents the history of Earth and its future. Using a timeline, users are able to scroll back in time and learn about past events, with specific attention is given to past empires, wars, and leaders. Each item listed on the timeline includes a brief description, date, and usually an image. Users can also scroll past the present day and seek events that will happen in the future, such as when humans’ life expectancy will exceed 100 years, or advances in computer technology. When users find a topic of interest, they can hold their finger on it to access additional information. There is also a “Today in History” feature that informs users of significant events that happened on a particular date. To manipulate the timeline, users pinch their fingers together or spread them apart to adjust the amount of time that a centimeter on the timeline represents. Users can also hold their finger on the timeline to make it scroll continuously.
- When assigning a research project, teachers can let students choose their topic by setting parameters using this app. For example, teachers can allow students to conduct research on any event, person, or conflict that happened between 1776 and 1919.
- As a bell-ringer activity, teachers can have students view the “Today in History” feature and journal a response to it. Example prompts to use include: (1) How is this event still relevant today? (2) How did this event impact future events? (3) How would the world be different if this event never happened?
- Teachers can have students view events that are predicted to happen in the future. Teachers can then have students research the topic and explain in a short piece of writing if they believe the event will or will not happen. In addition, students can offer evidence to support their claims using citations, and post their responses to a class website.
- When introducing a new unit of study, teachers can show students when the focus of the unit occurred. For example, when transitioning from studying the Roman Empire to the Byzantine Empire, teachers can show students how the time spans of these two empires overlapped.
- As part of a lesson, teachers can have students look at a set of key events that happened during a particular time period and research them. Next, students can rank the events by importance and offer an explanation that supports why one event was more important than another event. Rankings can be presented using the 30Hands, Educrations, Prezi, or PowerPoint app.
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