This has been a ride. I have made Gantt’s for years so when you mentioned timelines I thought this would be a piece of cake – how wrong could I be!
I totally know what you would like to achieve and I have listed the sites that are both good and free, however none of them fulfil all of your requirements. I have been monkeying around and this is what I know so far:
- Free to use
- Can collaborate through Google Sheets
- Entering data is straight forward
- Live – change the spreadsheet and it automatically changes the timeline
- Clunky and still no idea how to change colours etc
- Painful to embed – in fact as it uses iframe you can not embed in WordPress. You would need a add-on and that will cost you.
Some Notes for using Knightlab in Jen’s Lesson
- The dates must be in order. So if you are working together sort the sheet when you have finished. To do this. Select the Whole Sheet –Data–Sort Range – Click on DATA HAS HEADER ROW – Select – Year – A-Z
- You must not have blank rows so delete any blank rows
- For Miss Lowe’s class only add the YEARs as the dates will not be possible
- At the end leave TYPE blank (for Miss Lowe) or use Title. Do not use Era.
- Always credit the Media you are using
- MUST File – Publish to the web the spreadsheet and then use the TOP (address bar) URL
- In your WordPress you can not embed this time line. Take a screen shot of the time line and add to WordPress. Click on Open Preview in New Window and then link this URL to the screenshot in wordpress
On the following three sites:
- Free to use (though you have limited functions)
- Easy to set up and to enter data
- Can add media, text and time periods
- Nice interface, I really like Time Graphics
- On the Free version you can not collaborate
- On the free version of Timetoast and Tiki- Toki you can not share it just sits in the browser
Jen this has been quite a ride. Lets have a look at these and then see where we can go. I am hoping that we will find something that works and you can use them in your next class.