Teaching with Interactive Timelines via Tiki-Toki

After the wonderful but time-intensive relationship with Twitter in my world history surveys last semester, I decided to take a break from group projects and social media. This semester I gave my students a chance to create their own uncompromising, individual vision for a history project. Using the free, web-based software provided by Tiki-Toki, my 260+ students all “translated” research papers they completed earlier in the semester into digital, interactive timelines available for public consumption. As I stated in my post concerning the Twitter project, I am a huge believer in the capacity for these types of digital projects to empower, inspire, and educate students through the use of such a student-centered approach to learning. Through the creation of these timelines, students learn a greater appreciation of chronology and periodization, the art of constructing a historical narrative fit for “everyman” usage, and training in the usage of a powerful digital toolkit. I’m happy to say it was extremely difficult to narrow it down, but below are the top ten timelines produced by my students this semester.  Enjoy!

The Plague of Ancient Athens

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Start of the French Revolution

The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

The Winter War

The Punic Wars: How Rome Conquered the Mediterranean

Prostitution in 18th & 19th-century France

The Spanish Flu

Eisenhower’s National Interstate and Defense Highway

Jack the Ripper: A Social Construct

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