Sutori

Sutori logo (the letter "S")

Sutori is a collaborative visual timeline design tool. It can be used as an alternative to traditional presentations such as PowerPoint or Prezi. Sutori is made for student-centered classrooms, since it requires students to be engaged into putting many resources together.

 

Price Free limited version; $99 (Teacher Account)
Type of learning Social constructivism; Connectivism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★★★
Accessibility ★★★★✩
Class Size Unlimited
Login Required Yes
ISTE Standards for Students Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator
COPPA/FERPA Compliant Yes

Sutori is easy to learn with an intuitive user interface and straightforward functionality. Privacy is not a concern on Sutori, their revenue comes from subscriptions, not ads, and thus all the information is kept private and not shared with any third party. Overall Sutori is an accessible site which supports most screen readers, but contains some user interface elements that screen readers struggle to read.

Sutori & the SAMR Model

Here is an example of how Sutori might fit within the SAMR model:

  • Substitution: Students can create a text-based timeline using Sutori rather than writing one on paper
  • Augmentation: Students can easily share their timelines through social media or email to solicit feedback and quiz responses from the broader public community
  • Modification: Students can add multimodal content to create an interactive, visually appealing timeline
  • Redefinition: Students can collaborate with experts around the world in real-time on the development of a timeline

Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technology skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use Sutori to modify or redefine learning.

Learning Activities

  • Math: Students can create a Sutori about a specific mathematician of their choosing, laying out their life accomplishments in chronological order
  • Science: Students can create a Sutori about their experiments during a lab report and showcase their findings in a chronological order from hypothesis to results
  • English/Language Arts: Students can create an outline for a book report. Creating one point along the timeline for each chapter and meaningful event mentioned in the book
  • History: Students can create timelines for any historical events from the Spanish Inquisition to World War II, highlighting important event, dates, and people
  • Art: Students can create a timeline of what has happened to a piece of art during its lifetime, for instance the Mona Lisa being made in 1503, being sold to Napoleon in 1800, and then stolen in 1911. Students can also curate pieces of art in a timeline format of when they were painted

Resources

How to Use Sutori

  1. Go to the Sutori website: https://www.sutori.com/
  2. Click the “Sign Up” button at the top right
  3. Once logged in, it will take your dashboard. To create a store click on “Create Story”
  4. Choose if you want to create an empty story or start from a template
  5. Type the title for your story
  6. Hover the mouse underneath the title to add new elements such as text, video or image
  7. Once you choose an element, fill out the element with the appropriate information
  8. Click away from the element to save the edit and move onto adding more elements
  9. Once your Sutori is done, click on share to share it with peers or the instructor