Screenshot from Sutori homepage.

Sutori (formerly HSTRY) is a web-based platform that makes it easy to create interactive stories or timelines.  These “stories” are multimedia-rich and can be used as a content delivery tool by teachers or a project deliverable by students.

Teachers can use pre-existing timelines made by Sutori or other users.  On the teachers page there are examples from different subjects including art, history, social studies, and religion.  Teachers can also create their own custom stories adding text, images, and links.  For student use, teachers can create custom groups for creating and sharing within a class.

The free version includes the following features:

  • Create and share stories
  • Copy and personalize resources
  • Print and embed stories
  • Story collaboration
  • Group creation

In the 2016-17 spring semester, eighth-grade students at Harpeth Hall used Sutori to create civil rights timelines.  Each individual student had to choose 20 significant events and include both media (image or audio/video link) and a text description.  I also use Sutori for my doctoral work with timelines for historical trends in education, educational leadership theories, and learning science theories. If you would like to know more about Sutori or how you might use it in your classroom, please feel free to contact me. Also, visit Common Sense Media for more teacher reviews.

Caitlin McLemore
Academic Technology Specialist @ Harpeth Hall School
Doctoral Student @ Johns Hopkins University