Do you have a favorite method for locating a web service or software tool such as a free timeline tool? I’d love to hear from you with tips or processes on how you locate free tools that you can incorporate in your online courses and learning activities. In some instances, I use tools, such as a timeline tool, for creating a visual aspect to a project estimate or course design project completion timeline.
The following is a description of how I located options for free timeline tools that you could use to create a visual representation of a project timeline.
Keystrokes for finding a free timeline tool on the web
Do a keyword search on the type of tool you’re looking for within Google. Click on “Images” and then scroll across the images to look at the source for each image. I then follow the URL of images I’m interested in and check out the tool that was used to make the image, graph, chart, etc.
In a recent search for free timeline tools, I used this exercise to hone in on a couple of tools to review. Send me an email and let me know what methods you like to use for finding a web tool or service.
Compilation of Web Tools Used by Educators
This link will take you to a terrific collection of web tools that have been compiled by educators. The tools in the wiki article are broken down in sections for finding tools:
- by task
- by product
- by cognitive level such as graphic depictions of Bloom’s Taxonomy
- by learning style
- by instructional strategy
- by stage of inquiry
- by curriculum area
- by teaching style
- and more.
I found the link to the wiki article I’ve described above by typing and/or clicking through the following search sequence:
- Conducted a Google search on these key words – timeline web tool
- Clicked on the image that had the following URL under it – webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com (Note: The graphic image wasn’t all that exciting, but I was very intrigued by the URL, so I clicked. As wikis are collaborative spaces, it turned out to be the gold mine I was hoping it would be.)
- Entered the URL, http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com, in my web browser
Using a Gantt chart to display your timeline data
From a search of a few of the tools listed in the above wiki, I located this tutorial for creating a Gantt chart from your timeline data stored in an Excel sheet. How to create a Gantt chart from data in your Excel sheet
I’ll end the article here, although I feel like I could keep going down this rabbit tunnel for hours – exploring neat tools that are available for you to keep track of your course design project on a timeline, or to keep track of your project efforts via a Gantt chart or similar tool. You can probably get a feel for the many directions the above searches could have taken me!
Please add a comment to this post and let me know what tools you explored when you followed the links in this post or other links you discovered when you tried out this process for finding free timeline tools or other web tools.
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Vickie is an elearning strategist, course designer, speaker, musician and farm girl. She consults in the area of online course/program design and development. Vickie earned her MS Ed in learning design and technology from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Her career has spanned over 30 years in positions in corporate America and continuing education in academia.