Cool Sites: Timelines, Animation Vids, Iphone Apps…

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Students can create interactive and multimedia time lines like the one below with Timetoast. Aside from using this tool to mark a historical event, students can use this tool for blogging, creating time lines of their lives, or as an introduction to a portfolio marking the student’s activities! I found out about this tool from Eric Sheninger.

Myths and Legends

Students will have an amazing time listening and reading the various legends and myths. Students can also create their own. I found out about this website from Keisa Williams.


Students can create animation videos very quickly and easily with Animasher. A variety of choices are available such as choosing the background, characters, and adding music and text! The drawback is that not all the images are appropriate. However, a very sophisticated presentation video can be made like the one below on smoking. Matthias Heil introduced me to this tool and tested it out for me as well!

suddenly one day by LittleCylon

Make your own| Clone and edit

Iphone Apps for Digital Narratives

The Digital Narrative blog lists several amazing Iphone apps for creating digital narratives. These include several apps for creating and editing videos on your IPhone, creating images with text, creating stop motion films, and adding cool effects to images. Working with five year-olds, I have found my Iphone very useful for getting my students to use English. Any of these apps would be great to have your students do a class digital story or work in groups to create a story if they have an Iphone.


Students can work individually or in cooperative groups and complete an assortment of ready-made interactive thinking guides. These thinking guides are great for planning projects, research assignments, presentations, or essays. I found out about this tool from Eric Sheninger.

Even More Cool Links

  • For a list of cool websites, check out Ozge Karaoglu’s series, Faves of the Week!


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. Hi Shelly,
    So many cute things again. I loved all of them, especially myths& legends and hope I’ll be able to use them. Thanks for sahring.

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