by MARK WEST 03/25/10
You can "right click" on a Mac with a single button mouse. To do so, you can do either of the following:
This tutorial aids a teacher in the following Social Studies grade level expectations:
5.5.spi.1. interpret sectional differences in the North and South in pre-Civil War (i.e., a map of Union, Confederate, and border-states, pictorial representations of crop production, reading timelines, and interpreting bar graphs showing human, natural, and manmade resources).
5.5.spi.3. interpret timelines that depict major historical post-Civil War events.
6.5.spi.1 read a timeline and order events of the past between prehistory and the Renaissance.
6.5.spi.9. recognize and order major historical events on a timeline between the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
8.1.spi.6. interpret a timeline of technological innovations.
8.5.spi.2. Read a timeline and order events of the past.
(note you will need to modify the timeline for the above specific needs, this is a general how-to).
This tutorial also aids a teacher in the following Language Arts grade level expectations:
501.6.2 Recognize the different text features of informational texts (e.g., separate text boxes, diagrams, captions, charts, graphs).
0601.6.10 Comprehend and interpret quantitative, technical, or mathematical information presented in maps, charts, graphs, time lines, tables, and diagrams.
0701.6.10 Comprehend and interpret factual, quantitative, technical, or mathematical information presented in maps, charts, graphs, time lines, tables, and diagrams.
0801.6.12 Comprehend and interpret factual, quantitative, technical, or mathematical information presented in maps, charts, graphs, time lines, tables, and diagrams.
We're creating an interactive timeline. That is, a timeline with clickable links that go to other flipchart pages with more information about an event on the timeline.
The focus of this example is Social Studies' 8th grade standard 8.1.spi.6. interpret a timeline of technological innovations. Since I like computers, I'll focus on computing inventions.
While Charles Babbage's ideas were foundational to computing, I'll focus on the 20th Century and my first event will be Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyser. These are my events to be placed in the timeline:
This lesson uses the browsers quite a bit. Here's a reference in case you're not sure which browser is which:
Remember that if you can't find your browsers, they can be toggled on and off with the View menu and then choose Browsers or press Command-B.
I can add more information about the Differential Analyser at another time; this is just a place holder until I go back and fill out information.
The grid's purpose is to give me a sense of scale in years (this is a timeline), and I want events spaced at intervals that represent the achievements. In other words, I want events that are ten years apart to be twice the distance on the scale as events that are only 5 years apart. This will give the viewers of the timeline a sense of perspective with regards to time.
I have 21 squares on the grid below my title. I have about an 80 year span on my timeline (2004-1927=77). So I'll use 1 square = 4 years.
Here is an example showing the years (27=1927, 31=1931, etc.):
Please note this red numbering won't be on my final product this is just to give you a visual representation of the years.
Repeat step 2 (adding destination pages) and step 4 (linking to them) until all of your dates are entered. Remember to count a square as 4 years to chart the placement of each event on the timeline.
A zipped copy of the finished flipchart from this lesson in case when you downloaded the flipchart, all you saw was jibberish.
The following sample horizontal timeline is for you to see an interactive timeline in action. This timeline is of the most recents presidents and is for example purposes only. You can modify the timeline to your own particular needs or create a new one from scratch using the tutorial steps above.
A zipped copy of From Nixon to Obama in case when you downloaded the flipchart, all you saw was jibberish.
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