Website of the Week: Timelines

Timelines: Sources from History (Gr. 4-12)

Provided by the British Library, Timelines allows users to explore a variety of topics throughout history as far back as 1210 A.D. and as recent as the first decade of the 21st century. Once you launch the timeline, use the navigation controls at the bottom of the window to move up and down the timeline by decade; jump by whole centuries using the Next and Previous buttons at the very bottom of the page. When you click on a topic of interest, the item will either: 1) display a dialog box with a brief write-up or 2) may expand to reveal multiple items, to which another click will reveal a write-up. Use the drop-down menus at the top of the window to modify the topics that the timeline will focus on, such as entertainment, science and technology, sacred texts and more.


  • The write-ups from the timeline are bite-sized and are a good way to start a research project or generate topics for class discussion. Write-ups can be downloaded as PDF documents and saved into folders for use later.

How-To Tech Tip: Download Videos from the Net

New post from Lawson Labs:

“There are some great videos on Internet sites for the classroom such as YouTube, but how do you download these files to your computer? This is a handy tip to download videos locally to your computer, so that you do not have to rely on speedy Internet connections or receive annoying advertisements or inappropriate suggested content on the sidebar.”

You may also want to add to your toolbox for downloading local copies of YouTube videos. Give KeepVid the Share link from a YouTube video, and KeepVid will give you two versions of the video to download:

  1. mp4: high quality format
  2. .flv: low quality format

Note that .flv or Flash is the format of choice if you want to embed the video in a SMART Notebook page.


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