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Playing with Capzels

I recently revisited Capzels, an online timeline creator I discovered while I was taking a digital storytelling class.  Capzels allows you to upload video and images, as well as mp3 files.  You can also choose from a variety of backgrounds and fonts to create customized timelines.  It was fairly intuitive and I managed to create my own in a short amount of time.   Here is an example of the capzel I created:

This tool has a lot of potential, not only for creating digital stories, but also for creating digital portfolios.  Students could create capzels to show their progress throughout the year, or simply to reflect on a unit.  They could then share them with teachers, peers and family members.  Sharing capzels with families would also help them to see the progression of their child’s learning, not simply the final product.  There are privacy settings, so individual capzles could be available to all, or completely private. Private capzels could only be viewed by those who were given the url.

Capzels does have a couple of drawbacks. Users do have to register, so capzels would need to be managed for younger students. Also, uploading video was a little slow.  Even with its drawbacks, I think capzels will be a great addition to my classroom resources.  Given how quickly they adapt to new tools, I know my students will too.

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