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Tools for Exploring and Making Interactive Timelines

Timelines are important tools for exploring a brief period of time or a topic that spans centuries. Students will learn the chronology of historical events and begin to see the cause-and-effect relationships between time periods. The interactive timelines on this list cover everything from the American Revolution to the concept of freedom in the U.S. to art history. As they gain insight and perspective into the curriculum by interacting with the timelines, students can use the creation tools to make their own. 

Creation Tools

ReadWriteThink Visit Website: http://www.readwritethink.org/
Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
RWT Timeline Publisher: International Reading Association
Simple timeline creation tool for a variety of purposes
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Sutori Visit Website: http://www.sutori.com
A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Tiki-Toki Visit Website: http://www.tiki-toki.com/
Create eye-catching multimedia timelines for any purpose
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Prezi Visit Website: http://prezi.com/
Stylish presentation creator with a unique 3D zooming effect
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
TimeToast Visit Website: http://www.timetoast.com/
Simple timeline creator could use more features and options
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Capzles Visit Website: http://www.capzles.com/
Dynamic slideshows combine photos, videos, text, and music
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4

Interactive Multimedia

American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad Publisher: BlueCadet LLC
Give students up-close, detailed access to rare objects and artifacts
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
American Panorama Visit Website: http://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/
Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
The Knotted Line Visit Website: http://knottedline.com/
Unique, artistic timeline lets kids explore freedom in U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Timeline World War 2 with Robert MacNeil Publisher: Ballista Media
Vast interactive multimedia resource makes history come alive
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Smarthistory Visit Website: https://smarthistory.org/
Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/
History and art intersect on the Met's vast, reading-centric site
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4