Dipity: Create an Online Timeline

Recently, I have been following Ed Yong on Twitter and was intrigued by his post, Research into reprogrammed stem cells at his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, housed on the Discover Magazine website. 

What intrigued me? 

Well, the “timeline” that he created for this post using the online generator at Dipity

I assumed that this online tool was pretty user friendly and I took a short time tonight to create a sample timeline containing one-event (Ed’s contains 25 with links to his history of blog posts on the topic), and a 3-page document with directions and screen shots for Creating a Timeline using Dipity.  For those that have used the Dolan DNA Learning Center’s DNAi website timeline to support student understanding of the history of molecular biology, Dipity will allow your students to demonstrate higher level learning through creating their own understanding of such history.

I don’t know what I am going to have my students create yet but this is definitely a tool worth exploring, and I am certain that students will have an enjoyable time being creative with Dipity. 




Author: Eric Kessler

I am a high school teacher in the Blue Valley School District who has taught a Bioscience Research course at the district's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) since 2010. Previous to this teaching gig I was at Blue Valley North High School where I taught freshman Biology and Honors Biology, Field Biology, Zoology, and AP Biology for the past 18 years.

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