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TimelineJS – A creative and collaborative beast of an interactive project for your classroom

timeline headerCreating timelines can oftentimes be a boring and uninspiring classroom activity – but TimelineJS completely revolutionizes the timeline game (dramatic, yes, but true – it really is that amazing). According to it’s website, TimelineJS is “an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually,rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.”

A collaborative project using Google Apps that incorporates popular and relevant media? Be still my heart!

In short, students use Google Spreadsheet to collaborate and build a rich and intuitive timeline, incorporating all sorts of media: Youtube videos, Flickr pics, Tweets, Google Maps, Wikipedia articles – the list goes on. It honestly hits every EdTech-related Common Core state standard, from publishing and integrating digital media, to utilizing proper citation and sourcing skills. It’s collaborative; it’s media-driven; it’s authentic; it’s engaging. Sixth grade science students in my school are currently building space history timelines, and I’ve already had conversations about using Timeline JS in the language arts classroom to create book reports and character studies – it goes with any subject, and it’s awesome.

Want to know more? Here’s some links to get you started:

Timeline JS (Digital Timeline Creator)

Common Core standard correlation:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

timline screenshot



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