8 Web Tools for Creating Multimedia Timelines

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” - Robert Penn Warren

As the New Year approaches we often reflect on the past year to set new goals.  One way for learners to reflect on the past is by creating a personal timeline of the important events of the past year. Learners can also create timelines to document their lives, family history, or examine a famous person’s life. The following free web tools will help learners design multimedia timelines.

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Create Timelines

  • Read Write Think walks students through the definition of a timeline and creating their own. Find more lessons and interactives for creating timelines here, including a lesson on creating a family timeline.
  • Tiki-Toki is a web tool for creating beautifully animated 3D timelines with images, text, and colorful backgrounds. Embed on a website.
  • Timetoast is a web tool for creating timelines with images and text description. Embed the animated timeline on a website.
  • Timeglider is another web tool for creating timelines with images and text and legends.
  • Sutori is a web tool for creating a timeline with pdfs, images, and video.
  • Capzles is a web tool and iOS app for creating a timeline with pdfs, images, and video.
  • Myhistro is a web tool and iOS app for creating a timeline with a map.
  • Timeline JS is a web tool to create a timeline with a spreadsheet. Add images and embed soundclips from Soundcloud.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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