Notes on Online Timelines

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It is now very easy to create an online historical timeline. This was not the case just a few years ago, but the world of online applications has exploded in the last year, making timeline projects much easier to accomplish. Each of the different timeline apps that I have listed below has a lot of examples for you to look at. You should also take a look at my A Cultural History of the Last Fifty Years: An Interpretative Personal Timeline (something fun)--I did not use any online app for that timeline, which I am still working on, but set it up using Dreamweaver. I used this approach largely because I always have a fear that if I did something with a specific online app, then that app might someday disappear with all of my work.

When you are working on your timeline, it is a good idea to do your writing and collection of source images off-line. In other words, write up your event descriptions in Word, for example. That way you will always have a backup copy of your work in case you make some kind of mistake when working with one of the timeline apps below. You may not use Powerpoint or Google Slides for this assignment. Believe me, you will make some mistakes, but don't let that stop you.

Timelines are a great way for you to illustrate history and allow your audience to better understand chronology.

Here are some student examples of timelines; some are better than others:


Here are some other good timeline examples (there are many others on the sites of the apps listed below):


Here are some approved timeline apps that you can use for this assignment. You may not use Powerpoint or Google Slides for this assignment. Also, Visme is not approved for this assignment.


Of course, if you know some coding, you are welcome to create your own timeline from scratch somewhere on the web, as I did with my cultural history timeline.