Getting Started with Mapping and Timelines

Maps and timelines can be useful tools and concepts in helping students approach concepts of space, place, time, and storytelling. This workshop’s goal is to provide a no barrier introduction to mapping and timelines in the classroom.

Timeline JS

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet… Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS’s core functionality.”- KnightLab Timeline JS homepage


Developed by Marshall University, Clio is an educational website and mobile app that serves as a guide to historical and cultural sites around the United States. Clio was built by scholars with the intent to be utilized in public applications. Each Clio entry allows users to learn about historical events, people, and more through interactive media and guided information.

With a user-friendly interface, Clio allows you to easily track and edit entries from multiple authors.

Example Projects

The British Reformations in Context TimeLine JS

Faculty Fellows Timeline JS 2018

Wooster Digital History Project Clio Tour

Resources for TimeLine JS and Clio

TimeLine JS User Documentation

Making a Timeline, TimeLine JS Help

Clio in the Classroom Guide

How to Create an Entry in Clio

How to Create a Tour in Clio

Other Mapping and Timeline Resources

Google Map Resources

Google Maps for Education

Google My Maps

Google Earth Engine

Story Maps by ESRI

Story Maps Homepage

Free Training from ESRI

Microsoft Office Timeline Templates

Every Timeline Template you will ever need

Office Templates