On the occasion of the 2010 AQEP congress, Infobourg attended the workshop presented by the national service of the RÉCIT of the social universe to discover a great application for creating timelines. This online application has been around for almost 3 years and makes it possible to produce very complete visual documents to analyze different periods of history.
From the outset, host Steve Quirion reminds us that there are several ways to represent time: time line (dates), clock, pictograms, time ribbon (used to identify periods, start and end) , timeline (several long, contemporary events), calendar. There are also several ways of naming time: centuries, eras, epochs, minutes, hours, years, decade, Roman numerals, dates. Finally, how do you analyze time? In terms of change, tendency, continuity, cause, consequence, origin, synchrony, diachrony, succession.
It is all these concepts and principles that the tool in question in this workshop helps to highlight.
You can see at first glance the colorful presentation which makes it easy to consult. As a first approach to navigation in a timeline, we can notice that it is possible to see the entire timeline, or to focus on a particular area thanks to the zoom tool in the lower left corner. of the application.
To draw students' attention to a particular type of event, you can close the different sections by simply clicking on the darker title bands. We make them reappear by clicking on them again.
The menu Pin up allows to obtain a global presentation text of the timeline, to introduce the illustrated concept. This menu also allows you to see the different events in a grouped way, or without grouping. We quickly note that grouping by band makes consultation much easier.
Finally, it is also possible to click on the different events to learn more. Moreover, in the menu Display, the option Slideshow will scroll in chronological order the different information windows linked on the timeline.
This timeline could be analyzed with the students using this activity sheet.
To access the application to create your own timeline, go to the site www.lignedutemps.qc.ca. Click on the link at the top The timeline web application, then on the link Sign up. Follow the steps. When entering the institution password, you do not have to enter it, but this key would enable functions available only for the CS in Quebec (such as sharing time lines and 'adding images). To obtain it, contact the national RÉCIT service in the social universe, or your local RÉCIT service. Without this key, you can still work with the tool.
Then, in the application, you can create new lines, or even modify some of them offered by the RÉCIT. When you create your own timeline, you can also import individual events that are part of a large bank offered by RÉCIT. Creating and editing the line is very simple, you just need to take a little time to practice and visualize the result to fully understand. Video clips are also available to speed up your learning.
Students will love working with this tool that provides a whole new understanding of time. You can get information from RÉCIT for complete training on classroom use. Also keep an eye on the conference program throughout the year, the team regularly offers workshops to talk about it.