Make YouTube Exciting Again with!

Video is quickly becoming a popular instructional tool in today's technology rich classrooms. Many platforms do not have many interactive features and tools; however, a new tool that I found - called - provides teachers with a way of creating dynamic learning experiences through the power of video and interaction. is a free tool to annotate YouTube videos with text, links, and photos.

How does it work? 

First, copy and paste the URL of your into Timelinely

Next, make sure that you create a Timelinely account, so that you can add annotations. You can add annotations containing text, animated GIF's, maps, hyperlinks, and photos. Place as many as you would like in your video.

Finally, when you are finished, publish your annotated video and share the link with students! Students do not need an account to view your videos.

How could I use this?

If you were flipping your classroom, you could add interactive components to capture your student's attentions. For example, why not add a Google Form to collect the observations of students after watching a portion of a clip? Add a link to a website for further investigation or the link to a Google Earth location, for a tour of an area.

There are infinite possibilities with this tool. You just have to think it up, annotate, and make it happen!


  1. How would you differentiate this tool from Edpuzzle?

  2. Great question Dierdre. I love Edpuzzle, but have found this tool to be a very simplistic version. It does not have the same bells and whistles, so it may be a tool that could be used for informal learning experiences, such as explaining homework, providing tech tutorials for class, etc. It does not have the accountability pieces that Edpuzzle brings, which may or may not be a good thing.

  3. I was wondering the same thing! I like how Ed cousin keeps the related videos invisible to the student because sometimes those are not appropriate. I’m going to be checking out this timeline.LY


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