Making Interactive Timelines

Interactive timelines can bring a topic to life, whether it’s a breakdown of Earth’s geologic time scale or an exploration of key moments in the Civil Rights Movement. Learn how to create a digital timeline that includes images or other media in an interactive format, and create a lesson plan to help your students create their own interactive timelines.

course duration icon 6 Hours
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Learn about the how interactive timelines can help bring any topic to life   Identify how different types of media can strengthen the impact of an interactive timeline
Learn how timelines can deepen understanding of a topic’s development and context.   Understand how video, audio and images can make a timeline more accessible and effective.
Practice using a simple Google sheet to create a professional-quality interactive timeline   Create your own interactive timeline and a lesson plan to bring timelines to your students
Practice using an online spreadsheet to organize data for your timeline.   Create your own media-filled interactive timeline and plan out how you will bring this technique to your classroom.
  • What is an Interactive Timeline?
  • Creating a Narrative
  • Practice: Deconstruct a Timeline
  • Designing for Timelines
  • Practice: Getting Started
  • Choosing the Right Media
  • Practice: An Interactive Timeline
  • Next Steps
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Images, Graphics and Interactives micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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