I found out about Sutori a couple of years ago when I needed to create a timeline and I was looking for a suitable tool.
During the discussions about Brexit I realized that my students knew very little about the European Union so I started thinking about an activity which could teach them some facts about it but in an involving and pleasant way. Years ago the topic was always dealt with in classes but it was really boring since there were not so many tools that allowed us to create engaging activities.
At first I simply thought of creating a timeline with the most important events that led to the Union, but soon I realized that Sutori offers much more and so I chose to create sort of webquest and instead of explaining facts, I just wrote some questions asking the students to look for the answers. I thought that, if the students had to look for information, collect it and then get ready to present what they had found out, the activity could be much more helpful and entertaining.
What makes Sutori different from other tools that allow to create timelines is its flexibility.
As a matter of fact, you could do much more than just create a timeline and I started using in a lot of different ways:
- to introduce topics through sort of webquest
- to make students work collaboratively – here is an example of a Sutori created by students who worked in small groups on the evolution of technology
- to record about class activities – here is an example of how we use Sutori to keep a journal of Skype meetings we have with a class from Poland
- to organize an online course for a group of colleagues who want to improve their English.
And these are only some possibilities.
In the free version Sutori allows you to add texts and images; if you upgrade, you can also embed videos, buncees, flipgrid and many more, you can add quizzes and also “did you know?” boxes.