Timelines are a great way for students to conceptualize and understand events. They allow students to visually depict a sequence of events over a period of time. They can also be used for project management where users can collaborate and set due dates and goals. Using a digital timeline creator has many advantages. First there is always the need for more space. I am sure all of you have had that timeline handed in on a piece of paper where the student has run out of space so the events get smaller and smaller and unreadable. Using a digital timeline will alleviate that problem. There is infinite space for students to work with. Digital timelines also allow students the ability to collaborate and share their work via the internet. Students can work from their own home on the same project. They can also add videos, photo's and links to the timeline. Digital timelines are easy to use and easy to update if needed. Teacher's can also comment and grade the timeline online and link them to their website easily. There are many timeline creators to choose from so I have chosen my top three,=. Each one has a different look and feel so they lend themselves to different projects.
Dipity (http://dipity.com) offers interactive collaborative timelines that allow users to easily create events. Events may consist of images, embedded video, links, text and mapping features.
Timetoast (http://www.timetoast.com) is a place to create timelines that you can add to your blog or website. You can create historical timelines of important events, or build a timeline of your vacation.
TikiToki (http://www.tiki-toki.com) is a great application for multimedia timeline making . It allows its users to create stunning animated timelines. TikiToKi is very easy to use and above all its basic version is completely free .