The History of Instructional Design & Technology
Assignment: Create a visual representation of the history of instructional design and technology. I, being the glutton for punishment that I am, set off to learn entirely new software to complete the task. ...And a few fumbles later, I am happy to post the final product.
3DTimeline is a beautiful tool developed specifically for Mac users . The interface is fairly user-friendly; to add an event just click and type the title and date. You can also easily add a photo, note, outside link, change text and background colors, etc. Unfortunately the tool is NOT free. Users may download a trial version to create and view their work in 3D but the timeline cannot be exported without payment. The software has potential so I coughed up the $39 educator rate. 3D Timeline is a great presentation tool that can also be used in classrooms by students and teacher generated. Just think - about the possibilities for teaching history - but the timeline tool could also be used creatively in all subject areas. I'm thinking about observations of science experiments (since the time can be recorded up to the minute), or field trip agendas, etc. I recommend reading the FAQ blog page PRIOR to using the software :-)