Timeline is an digital tool from readwritethink that allows users to create their own timeline with relative ease. It allows students to demonstrate what they have learned by designing a multimodal timeline.

Example of a timeline depicting the major battles of the War of the Ring, from The Lord of the Rings, chronologically.
Example of a timeline depicting the major battles of the War of the Ring, from The Lord of the Rings, chronologically.

Tool Snapshot

Ease of Use★★★★✩
Class SizeUnlimited
ISTE*SKnowledge Constructor & Creative Communicator

Timeline Overview

Timeline requires no registration or log in, so the user is not forced to forfeit any personal information in order to use the application, which is ideal for many. However, it is not great in terms of accessibility. For example users with visual impairments would have a very difficult time operating the tool in terms of selecting their desired preferences and denoting which parts of the timeline they want to add to. Other than this drawback, the overall ease of use is commendable.

It is extremely basic and to the point, and doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles in terms of customization. This could be seen as a disadvantage, but when used in the classroom, it will encourage students to focus on the actual content rather than spending too much time on making it visually appealing. This focus on content really emphasizes Timeline’s effective use as a knowledge-centered tool.

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Timeline & the SAMR Model

Learning Activities






How to Use Timeline

  1. Go to Timeline.
  2. Enter your name and the project title. 
  3. Click “Start”.
  4. To add to the timeline, simply click the place on the line that you wish to add an event to.
  5. Create a header label such as a specific date or major event and a short description if you want to. You also have the option of uploading an image to go with it. You can drag the text box and point on the timeline to wherever you want it.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for as many items as you would like your timeline to have.
  7. Once you are done, hit “Finish”. You can look over your finished project and save it if you wish. You also have the option to print or email the project.


Figueiredo, M. P., Alves, V., Lourenço, C., Alves, V., Bernardo, M., & Carapito, N. (2021). Project-based learning in design and multimedia in higher education: An interactive timeline developed in collaboration.

Ivanova, A. (2021, June). Online interactive timeline to improve learning of history in school education. In International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies' 21 (pp. 218-223).

Nutt, N., Salmistu, S., Meitl, C., & Karu, K. (2020, September). Case Study in Experiential Learning-From Chaos to Order: Sensemaking with the Interactive Timeline Tool in Architecture and Civil Engineering Studies. In International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (pp. 91-102). Springer, Cham.

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