Adventures in Digital Technologies: Sutori, Timeline JS, IMG Flip, and Canva

This adventure involved some new technologies and one “old friend.”

First up: Sutori.  It was a nice program (I did really like how my test presentation looked in the “present” mode!), but I wasn’t thrilled that videos auto-played in the presentation.  I don’t understand how anyone can think this is a good idea. FULL DISCLOSURE: this is probably super helpful in some specific instance that someone will tell me about, but I find it to be one of the more irritating things on the Internet.

That said, I can see how this would be a nice way for students to collaborate.  There are a lot of options (quiz questions, matching, forums, etc) for interactivity and formative assessment, which makes it an engaging experience for the learner and provides valuable feedback for the instructor. 

Timeline built using Sutori, which includes a post and a video.

I also tried making a timeline with a different program, TimelineJS from Knight Lab.  This is an open-source tool that you can use to create interactive timelines with nothing more than a google spreadsheet (no signing up for any services or subscriptions!)

Timeline JS gives very clear, step by step instructions on how to create your timeline.  I was also able to insert some basic html tags to create links within my timeline.  I found the whole process pretty simple, and I really liked the look of the finished product. 

Timeline built using Timeline JS.

Time for a little humor! The next program I explored was IMG Flip. 

Yes, a meme-maker. I love memes.  I have an entire folder on my phone dedicated to them.  I absolutely love the idea of bringing them into the classroom.  Adding a little bit of humor can go a long way in class!

Meme of a panicked man choosing between graduating early or spacing out classes.

Lastly, I revisited my old friend, Canva. Canva is a tool that I have a love-hate relationship with, but I do use it a lot because it has beautiful, customizable templates.  Sometimes I need a little inspiration to put together a presentation, and Canva is really great for that.  I especially love that you can download your work in different formats (pdf, powerpoint, etc).

Here are some examples of things I’ve created in Canva:

Instructional Design process for designing LGBTQIA+ training for Community Assistants.
Goals of a makerspace environment infographic.

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