How to Create a Timeline With Photos

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How to Create a Timeline With Photos
Photo timelines bring facts and events to life. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Whether you are looking to make a historical timeline or a personal timeline, photos always bring your timelines to life. Timelines help you grasp the main ideas because they give fast facts about people or events. Dipity and Tiki Toki are free websites that people can use to collaborate and create timelines. The idea is to make an interactive timeline that integrates photos, videos and sounds as well as external links to other pages on the Internet. Mural timelines are homemade timelines that you can use in education to teach children facts, help them learn about the order or historical events or to document familial events.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Posterboard
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tack
  • Markers
  • Velcro
  • Blank cards
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Go to the Dipity website to create a free interactive multimedia timeline.

  2. 2

    Click on "Create a Timeline." A window will pop up that invites you to enter your login and password. If it is your first time on Dipity, click on the green button that says "Join Dipity." Fill in your information and click "Join."

  3. 3

    Write the name of your timeline and its description. Choose a category. Choose your time zone, upload a "Topic Thumbnail" and click "OK." Choose if you want your timeline to be private or public. Click on the button at the bottom of the page that says "Contribute to Events."

  4. 4

    Click on "Add Event" in the left menu of the page called "Add events to (your timeline's name)." Add "Title," "Date," "Description" and a picture. You can add a "Link," a "Location" or "URL" to your event. Click the yellow button "Add Event" at the bottom of the page. When you are done adding new events, click "Continue."

  5. 5

    Decide what "Zoom Levels" you prefer, where you want your comments to be located and the layout of your timeline. When you are done, click on the green button at the bottom of the page that says "Save and View your Timeline."

    Wall Chart Timeline

  1. 1

    Cut strips from poster board 5-inches wide and 1- to 2-feet long. Use as much poster board as you want; you might want to have enough to fill a wall, to make a timeline on your whole wall. Cut as many strips as you need. If you are studying history, choose one colour of poster board for all the B.C. dated events and another colours for all the A.D. events.

  2. 2

    Stick your strips on the wall one on top of the other, in a pyramid fashion or facing each other if you have two centuries. Use sticky tack or double-sided tape. Leave at least 5 inches of space between each strip. Write the dates on the timeline in order.

  3. 3

    Write all the events you want to figure on your timeline on the blank cards. Stick one side of the Velcro on the back of each card and photos and stick the other part of the Velcro on the wall along the poster board trips, according to the place on the timeline the events happened.

    Tiki Toki

  1. 1

    Go to the Tiki Toki website to create your timeline. Sign up. Choose the version you would like to use: free, Edu or Bronze account. Click "Continue."

  2. 2

    Enter your title, the date your timeline starts and the date your timeline ends. Choose a background image and click "Save."

  3. 3

    Click on "Create New Timeline." Give it a name, write the dates the timeline starts and ends, write information about the timeline, choose the colours on your timeline, upload layout pictures and click "Save."

  4. 4

    Click on "Create New Story" to add a new event. Enter the "Title," the "Date" and the "Text." Add a "category" and "Link" and click "Save." Add more entries.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Story Media" tab and click "Add Media" to add photos. Click on "Media Source" to find a photo on Flickr, write the "Caption" and click on "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • Obtain sticky tack to glue the poster boards on the wall; it does not harm painted surfaces, does not make hole in wall and it is reusable.
  • You can decide to have A.D. events on one wall and B.C. events on another wall that corners the first wall to see all the events at first glance.
  • If you do not like Velcro, you can choose to use magnets. You can either use metal strips on the wall and magnets on the back of the photos or paint magnetic paint on the wall or on the poster boards and use metal on the back of the photos. Glue photos on cards if you want them to be sturdier.
  • Tiki Toki allows full paragraphs and external links.
  • Change the colour of the poster board depending on the period you want to highlight. If you are describing the history of your family, you can change colours for each century or before you were born and after you were born. You can choose one colour for before you got married, one colour for after your marriage and so on.
  • To use Tiki Toki's photo upload option, you need to have a free Flickr account and upload pictures on Flickr.

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