PRODUCTS @ SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEBSITES
the chosen sequence order. Notes and default Research homepage in- al image of the ideas and concepts un-
citations can also be added. cludes direct access to prescreened der study. Timeliner XE enables the
websites appropriate for student re- clarification of difficult concepts, en-
The Choose An Activity feature of- search topics and offers a feature ables students to be active learners,
fers three possibilities: Research, that tracks research with a built-in and reinforces student understanding
Challenge, and Finish Me. The Re- Citation Tracker. and learning in a visual form.
search activity provides structures
and formats to help students gather Timeliner XE includes an automatic This highly motivating software
and arrange specified information on spell-checker, printing, and saving ca- helps students create graphic organ-
a topic. The activities can be teacher- pabilities. Created work can be saved izers to develop and organize their
designed or program-suggested. as templates or PDF files. Projects can thinking and communicate their
be shown as slide shows and displayed learning. Teachers can use the
The Challenge activity asks the stu- on interactive whiteboards or by a pro- ready-made templates as learning
dents to put timeline events in order. jector. Content/Features Rating:A assessments or as learning opportu-
The Finish Me activity provides in- nities in a variety of subject areas.
structions designed to help students Ease of Use: Timeliner XE comes with
complete projects by adding addi- clear documentation in print and PDF I would recommend setting up a
tional events to a previously started formats. The CD is accompanied by a very simple project—maybe a stu-
project. These activities can be spe- straightforward Getting Started dent’s own life timeline or a stu-
cially created by a teacher or used as Guide, a desktop reference card, and dent’s typical week—to initially
offered by the program. online video tutorials. The toolbar is teach the program. With so many
well-designed; functions are revealed design options, the students may fo-
Timeliner XE arrives loaded with as the cursor is placed over the tools. cus too heavily on design elements
hundreds of ready-made timelines and lose sight of the intended learn-
covering many American history top- The many design and layout choices ing and focus. Once the program’s
ics, state histories, a limited number will result in a steep learning curve options have been explored, organ-
of world history topics, and the lives for students, especially those in up- izing and researching needed time-
of authors and other famous historic per elementary and middle school. line information should be easily ac-
figures. The premade timelines cov- Students will need some practice be- complished.
er everything from technology to the fore creating a timeline.
history of Hollywood. Timeliner XE is beneficial for organ-
Once the program is used for a sim- izing and presenting information, es-
The activities that accompany the ple project, students will have an pecially in content-heavy subjects
program, including Finish Me and easier time using it for learning pur- such as history and social studies.
Challenge, cover topics in the life poses. Ease of Use Rating:A The program’s reasonable price, mo-
and earth sciences. Many of the F