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Looking for a good digital timeline creator? Our timeline layout on Storyboard That is very powerful for showing sequence, evolution, biographies, and more.

Making Timelines

Everyone at SBT wants to bring out your creativity, improve your visual communication, and hear your story! Some people prefer our timeline layout to show ordered events with dates and descriptions, focusing on the visual aspect of the sequence of events or steps in a process.

Timelines are great for showing individual steps for a process or experiment. Use text in the title and description boxes to enhance clarity. You may find that you need to break down tasks into discrete events. Make sure you don’t forget any steps in the process, like measuring water displacement as in the example!

The timelines on Storyboard That are vertical because they are designed to be viewed on a computer or projection screen. The vertical design is to help you scroll through the timeline more easily on all of your devices. Don’t forget to make use of zoom capabilities of your browser!

Creating a timeline with Storyboard That is simple. Use the timeline template below, or click “Storyboard Layout” at the bottom of the Storyboard Creator to select a timeline. Select your dates/times by clicking on “Timeline Dates”. Easy input! The timeline generator will automatically put them in order for you, and add breaks if there are long stretches between dates.

Will you create a timeline of American History or a timeline of World War 2? To use this timeline template to create a timeline, first click “Create a Copy” to get started!

Timeline Examples

There are many ways to use timelines! Be sure to check out our full article on Timelines, as well as 5 Lessons to Teach with Timelines.

Related Activities

How to Make a Digital Timeline with Storyboard That


Determine the Purpose and Scope of the Timeline

Decide on the topic and scope of your timeline. Consider whether it will be focused on a specific event, historical period, or process. This will help you gather the necessary information and visualize the timeline layout.


Access the Storyboard That Platform

Visit the Storyboard That website and log in to your account. If you don't have an account, sign up for a free trial or create a new account.


Choose the Timeline Layout

In the Storyboard Creator, click on "Storyboard Layout" at the bottom of the screen. Select the timeline layout option from the available templates. This will provide you with a pre-formatted timeline structure to work with.


Customize the Timeline Template

Customize the timeline template according to your specific topic and dates. Click on "Timeline Dates" to input the relevant dates and times for each event or step. Use the title and description boxes to provide additional information and context for each entry.


Organize the Timeline Entries

Arrange the timeline entries in chronological order by dragging and dropping them into the desired sequence. Ensure that the timeline accurately reflects the order and progression of events or steps.


Add Visuals and Enhancements

Enhance your timeline by incorporating visuals such as images, icons, or symbols to represent each event or step. Use the customization options provided by Storyboard That to change colors, fonts, and styles to make the timeline visually appealing and easy to follow.


Share and Present

Share your digital timeline with others by exporting it as an image or PDF file. You can also present it directly using Storyboard That's presentation mode or by embedding it in a website or document. Use the zoom capabilities of your browser or device to ensure clear visibility of the timeline details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Digital Timelines

How can I use a timeline maker in my classroom?

A timeline maker is an excellent tool for engaging students in visual learning, history, or storytelling. You can use it to create timelines for important events, people, or places, and ask students to create their own timelines to showcase their understanding.

Can I use Storyboard That's timeline maker to create interactive timelines?

Yes, Storyboard That's timeline maker allows you to add interactive elements such as videos, images, and links to external resources, making it a powerful tool for creating engaging timelines that students can explore.

How can I share the timelines created with Storyboard That's timeline maker?

You can share the timelines you create with Storyboard That's timeline maker in various ways, such as embedding them on a website, sharing them via a link, or downloading them as PDFs. This makes it easy for you to share your timelines with students, colleagues, or parents.

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