M. Fernández Pérez, M.L. Lázaro y Torres

Complutense University of Madrid (SPAIN)
Currently our students have many difficulties in understanding concept of time especially when it comes from times that they haven’t being living. This might be a problem if we need to explain about the past.

To deal with the problem we have looked for new learning strategies to improve the concepts of time to take advantage of ICT in classes. ICT allows the sharing of learning and teaching material on the cloud at any time and from any place.

We can use ICT for developing important competences for the 21st century students, such as teamwork and digital illiteracy, but with the interactive visual chronology application of Dipity we can also learn about temporary concepts.

Images, texts, videos and other multimedia material can be added to Dipity timeline. Thus our students can manage useful materials in formal and informal learning using different learning collaborative methodologies. Our different target groups: young people like university students or school children and adults can see a timeline previously created by the teacher or researcher, as a flip book or for explaining contents in class, or they can create a new timeline in an interactive and collaborative way after learning contents.

In this paper we demonstrate several ways in which interactive visual chronology on Dipity help the understanding of concept of time. The adequacy of the work results has been considered satisfactory in a survey done on students [1].

This work is part of the reflection on the “School on the Cloud: connecting education to the cloud for digital citizenship” project (543221-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) financed by the European Commission.

[1] Fernández Pérez, Marta (2014) Las nociones temporales y las líneas del tiempo con multimedia interactiva en bachillerato: el recurso didáctico Dipity. Trabajo de fin de máster dirigido por la Dra. Lázaro. UCM.