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TOP 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools For Teachers

Timelines have become an indispensable part of the learning experience as they enable students to participate more actively in learning and acquire knowledge the easy way. In other words, timelines help students easily understand and memorize events and dates. But how easy it is to create them? Which are the best –and free– tools that you can use? In the following list you will find the top 10 free timeline creation tools for teachers that are very effective, free, and easy to use.
TOP 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers

Free Educational Technology: TOP 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools For Teachers 

Editor's note: We have originally written and published this article in November 2013. Thanks to your useful suggestions and our own following of the latest developments in the fast paced field of technology, we have updated this piece in November 2015 in the hope that you will keep finding it useful. Thank you for sharing! 

Are you interested to know how to creatively use free timeline makers? I highly encourage you to check the 10 Creative Ways To Use Free Timeline Makers article.

  1. Capzles
    With Capzles, teachers and students can add photos, videos, audio, and text to their timeline and make them unique by personalizing them with special colors, backgrounds and music. You can also edit your Capzles sharing options and control who can view it. Then, you can share your Capzles via embedding a blog, wiki or other webpage.
  2. Dipity
    Dipity is a great free digital timeline website that allows users to incorporate text, images, audio and video, links, social media, location, etc. You can edit sharing options and choose who you want to share your timelines with.
  3. HSTRY
    HSTRY is a free digital learning tool which promotes collaboration and engagement in the classroom. You can create your timelines easily and discover a new way to create, explore, and engage your students. HSTRY’s premium version works out at $4.08 per month.
  4. Meograph
    Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories. With no training you can quickly create stories about the news, history, travels, life events, and stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth (students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers). It also comes with the brand new, free, creative media app, Trio: mash it up.
  5. MyHistro
    MyHistro functions both as a timeline builder and a map creation tool. Built your personal timeline or a timeline about a theme or event in history: Each event that you place on your timeline can be located using Google Maps.
  6. OurStory
    OurStory is a platform for creating rich media timelines. This tool is oriented for personal use in particular. You can create personal or collaborative timelines and incorporate images and video.
  7. Read Write Think
    Read Write Think helps children plan a story or prepare for a special event. Read Write think allows them to create and organize events. Saving capability allows them to come back to unfinished work, or they can share their final timeline with friends and family via email.
  8. TimeGlider
    TimeGlider helps you create and publish interactive timelines. With this web tool you can also highlight important events by increasing their size compared to other events. Create your zooming/planning interactive timelines with TimeGlider for free!
  9. TimeLine JS
    An open source tool that works on any site or blog allows you to build visually rich, interactive timelines using just a Google spreadsheet. All you have to do is use their template and copy it to your own Google Drive account. Follow the 4 easy steps you will find on TimeLine JS website and you’ll create your free timeline in no time.
  10. TimeToast
    TimeToast is another great tool that allows you to create timelines and share them on the web. It is very easy to learn and use. This ease of use makes it a suitable choice for elementary or middle school students that do not need the advanced editing options other timeline creation tools offer.
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