Top 20 Sites and Apps for Creating Timelines

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Timelines are popular for helping students and researchers to understand the order or chronology of events and trends. 

Top 20 Sites/Apps for Creating Timelines (in alphabetical order)

Adobe Spark - One of the most popular sites available for making timelines, featuring an easy-to-use wizard.

Aeon - An in-depth timeline builder, ideal for project management and creative writers.

Buncee - An all-in-one digital canvas on which students can make timelines using animations, audio and video. The ideas lab offers inspiration for projects, from lesson plans to journals.

Canva - Offers an abundance of templates to help fashion eye-catching timelines.

Flippity - A simple-to-use tool that employs a Google Spreadsheets template to create interactive timelines.

myHistro - A good site/iOS app for making interactive timelines with a special section for educational uses. Also offers the ability to embed Google Maps.

OurTimeLines - Stocked with templates for building text-based and personalized timelines.

Preceden - Useful for designing layered interactive timelines and project roadmaps. Timelines can be public or private, and also can be embedded into a site or blog.

RWT Timeline - RWT is a free iPad app for creating stunning timelines. The app also accommodates multiple users, ideal for those schools that share devices.

Storyboard That - A digital storytelling platform with an education portal that offers a wide range of graphic organizers, such as t-charts, grids, and detailed timelines. 

Sutori - An innovative site for timelines that also supports collaborative projects. In addition, Sutori can be used for any curriculum and even to flip a classroom or lesson.

Tiki-Toki - Create great 3D timelines with images and videos. A paid account allows for collaboration among multiple users and the ability to embed timelines on other sites.

Timeline JS - An open source tool for designing timelines that include videos, maps, links, and audio. Timelines can also be integrated with Google Sheets. - A United Kingdom-based education resource for viewing timelines in five different historical categories. 

Timetoast - Create an interactive timeline that can be embedded into a site or blog. Timelines can be viewed in either standard mode or text only.

Timeline 3D - An innovative app for building three-dimensional multimedia timelines. Timeline 3D also can be exported into PowerPoint or Keynote for more options.

Timeline Maker - An easy-to-use iPad app for building timelines by stacking tiles or events.

Timeline Maker (Soft Schools) - A student-friendly site that allows users to create a timeline through text or a template.

Venngage - Make custom visual timelines or infographics from a free library of templates.

Visme - A flexible tool with a drag-n-drop interface that allows users to design custom timelines. 

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