Best Timeline Creators and Templates

Timelines are important tools for exploring a brief period of time or a topic that spans centuries. By exploring and creating timelines, students will learn the chronology of historical events and begin to see the cause-and-effect relationships between time periods. On this list, there are interactive timelines students can explore covering everything from art history to the American Revolution and the concept of freedom in the United States. There are also apps and websites that make timeline creation easy, allowing students to sequence events into explorable multimedia stories.

Timeline Creation Tools


Multimedia presentation tool features useful templates and 3D zoom

Bottom Line: With its zoom in and out capabilities, Prezi helps teachers and students go beyond traditional presentations to put important content front and center.

Grades: 6–12
Free to try


Build timelines, embed media with cool storytelling tool

Bottom Line: With a super-simple design and tons of flexible features, this is an appealing and intuitive way for teachers and students to organize and share class content.

Grades: 6–12
Free, Paid


Create eye-catching multimedia timelines for any purpose

Bottom Line: Multimedia timelines connect events visually, creating pathways for deeper analysis of any chronological story.

Grades: 6–12
Free, Paid


Timeline tool is useful but limited for coding novices

Bottom Line: Check it out if you're a Google classroom looking to create simple, appealing timelines that integrate media and allow for collaboration.

Grades: 7–12


Simple timeline creator could use more features and options

Bottom Line: An easy to use timeline tool for one-off projects, but for sustained use teachers will need to upgrade, and ultimately the features might not be robust enough.

Grades: 8–12
Free, Paid

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