Online Timeline Creators

Online Timeline CreatorsThings to do with Timeline Generators

Most standardized tests have questions based on timelines. One of the best ways to teach students how to read and interpret timelines is to have them create a few throughout the school year.

Here are a few “out of the box” ideas you may wish to try:

#1 Schedules

On the first day of class, have students create timelines of their daily or weekly school schedules.

#2 Getting to Know You 

During the first weeks of school, have each student create a timeline of significant events in his/her life. Ask students to not include names in the timelines. Display these on a bulletin board for students to guess which timeline belongs to which student.

#3 Life Cycle

In place of the traditional circle life cycle, have students use a timeline generator to illustrate the stages of an animal’s life.

#4 Evolution

Have students select one animal to show the progression from its first existence up to present day or its extinction.

#5 Book Report 

Use a timeline generator for students to summarize the main events in a book.

#6 Narrative

Ask students to make up a character and create a timeline of his/her life. Take up the completed timelines and redistribute them randomly. Students then write narratives based on the characters in the outlines they receive.

#7 Invention

Create timelines for inventions. Keep the inventions general for better results. For example:

  • Ways to Preserve Food
  • Farming Tools
  • Flight

#8 Interview

Have students interview a family member or friend. They should use the information to create timelines of the lives of the people interviewed. This works especially well if students interview a grandparent. The finished timelines may be used as gifts for Grandparents Day. National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grandparents Day for 2015 is September 13.

 10 Free Online Timeline Generators

Each image is linked to the website. Just click it to visit the site. I have included a YouTube video when available for each site that will give you an overview of how the timeline generator works.

#1 hstry

Create free interactive timelines. Hstry is a free digital learning tool which promotes collaboration and engagement in the classroom.



#2 Tiki Toki

Formative is a platform for creating real-time formative assessments.

Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.

#3 ReadWriteThink Timeline


ReadWriteThink Create a Timeline Tool ~ Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line.


#4 Timeglider

You can create timelines about the last year of your family, the last century of world events, or about pre-historical (bce/bc) times. You can zoom in to see ten minutes, or zoom out to see billions of years.



#5 Our Story

By using OurStory, you can create rich media timelines.


#6 TimeToast


TimeToast is a great tool that allows you to create timelines and share them on the web. It is very easy to learn and use.


#7 My Histro

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.



#8 Time Rime

TimeRime allows users to create timelines that include text, images, audio, and video.

#9 Dipity

Dipity is a great – and free- digital timeline website that allows users to incorporate text, images, audio and video, links, social media, location etc.


#10 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.



Gay Miller

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