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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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