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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Timeline Creation Tools

Update: There is another timeline tool available as an iOS app from Read Write Think called RWT Timeline. It's pretty sweet, allowing you to add text and photos to a timeline and then move them around as necessary.

Chronozoom is a fantastic tool that allows you to view and create timelines. The applications for this in Social Studies are obvious but I think there are definite pathways into other areas like mapping out a character's life from a book or the historical events in Science. When you first get to Chronozoom you can search premade timelines or signup (for free using your Google account) and create your own. It took me a few minutes to understand that events on the timeline are called Exhibits, but after I figured that out adding events and media is pretty simple.

I viewed it on my iPad and it worked fine as did creating and adding to a timeline. Pretty sweet tool from Microsoft.

Here are a few more from

Timeline JS is an open source timeline creation tool. Timeline JS supports inclusion of image and videos in the events on the timelines that you create. To create a timeline through Timeline JS you first create a Google Spreadsheet with this template. After creating the spreadsheet you publish it to the web and insert its URL into the Timeline JS generator. The last step is grabbing the embed code from Timeline JS and embedding your timeline into your blog or website. Watch the video here to learn more. 

myHistro is a timeline builder and map creation tool rolled into one nice package. On myHistro you can build a personal timeline or build a timeline about a theme or event in history. Each event that you place on your timeline can be geolocated using Google Maps. myHistro timelines can be created online or you can use the free myHistro iPad app to create events on your timeline. 

TimeGlider offers some nice layout options. The layout option that I like best in TimeGlider is the ability to stagger or indent events below each other in a sequence. TimeGlider also makes it easy to display the relative importance of an event by increasing its size in comparison to other events on the timeline. TimeGlider accepts dates in A.D./B.C. format. 

Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Like most good web tools, Dipity has a collaboration option and has multiple options for sharing your timelines publicly or privately. Each entry to a Dipity timeline can include multiple types of media which allows users to add more detail and information than can be included in a traditional timeline. If you want to import Tweets and other social media messages, you can do that too on Dipity. Dipity will work on your iPad. Dipity went offline for a few days earlier this fall and then reappeared without explanation. If it wasn't for that hiccup, I would have put it at the top of this list. 

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