MEC Training Coordinator, Steph Earnshaw, writes:


Here‘s a fun site where you can create your own interactive timelines. Xtimeline could be a great way of helping your learners practise tenses or even presentation skills.

It’s easy to create a timeline, just register for free, choose a topic and create your own timeline. You can also browse the other timelines for inspiration. We found a good one on the presidents of the United States of America from George Washington to the current president, Barack Obama.

It’s easy to scroll through the timelines so they are a great way of presenting information. Below are a few ideas for how you might want to use xtimelines:

§         Get learners to choose their favourite one and them present it to the class. Remember they shouldn’t just be reading the text that’s there but using what they have read to make their own presentation.

§         Get learners to create their own presentation (they will need to register in order to do this) and then present it to the class in the next lesson. They will need an image for each point on the timeline.

§         As above but learners can send you the link to their timeline once they’ve finished and you can mark the text they have written. In this way the timeline is a writing exercise as opposed to a speaking activity.

§         Create a timeline together as a class activity. Choose a subject and set the dates, then get each learner or pair of learners to write a different section. You could use a MEC resource for inspiration for this – a News Item might be a good place to start.

§         Choose a timeline and send the link to it to your learners. You can do this by adding it as a Web Link and then sending a package of Web Links to your class. Ask them to read and summarize the timeline for homework and either write down or present the main points of information next lesson.

If you’re having trouble thinking of content for your timeline why not try using the ‘Digging for dinos’ News item on MEC. The ‘Dino facts’ section will be the most useful part.

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