Interactive Feature Option 4: Timeline

A timeline… can be a great way to tell a story that stretches over a long-period of time. It can also be used to chronicle the life of a person or institution.

Elements:
-A story that spans a significant amount of time and is best told in a non-linear manner
-Text, photos, videos, links.

Examples:

History of NYC subway system (NYTimes.com)

Timeline of “Lost” (NYTimes.com)

BP’s Troubled Past (NYTimes.com)

Williams Sisters and a Decade of Tennis Dominance (NYTimes.com)

Seven eye-popping interactive timelines (10,000words.net)

Tools and Technology:
Dipity is a simple tool to create online timelines. It is open to anyone, but is also being used by news organizations like Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can pull in videos, pictures, and updates from hundreds of sources instantly. Or you can create your own timeline manually.

See how the Chronicle, a small newspaper in Lewis County, Washington, used a dipity timeline to cover the history of floods in the area.

To get started, see How To Create a Timeline with Dipity.com

Requirements for Assignment:
-Create a Dipity timeline with event markers. You have to decide how many.
-The individual events should contain clear information: title, description, date, etc.
-Combine your original information with third-party content if it helps tell your story.
-Make sure that your timeline has a focus. Concrete and specific is better than broad and vague.
-In your blog post, write a sentence or paragraph that says clearly what your time is about. Give your audience a few tips of things to look for.
-Link to you Dipity timeline (the free version of Word Press won’t let you embed.) Make sure it is public so everyone can see it.

Examples of Student Work:

History of Final Fantasy by Chris Pontrelli

Women’s Health Reform History by Rachel Bellamy

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