Windows 8 Education App: Chronozoom – More than just a timeline creator

There are many timeline creators out there, but none that put the passing of time in context like Chronozoom. Within seconds you can map the progress of civilization, the different eras of our history and of major discoveries and historical moments.

ChronoZoom is a free, open source timeline tool that allows historians, historical scientists, teachers and students to create powerful interactive timelines.

With ChronoZoom, you can zoom from a timeline that covers decades to one that covers billions of years. This is something that a timeline drawn on paper could never do!”

It is a great tool for presenting knowledge and could easily be used instead of PowerPoint or Prezi.

Teachers and students can choose to use the Windows 8 App or the browser version of this fantastic, collaborative tool.



Why use Chronozoom?

Chronozoom can be used in the following 4 contexts:

Seek – Take an epic voyage through time, infinitely scalable from the Big Bang to today, exploring all of history through this master timeline of the cosmos, Earth, life, and human experience.

Learn – Gain insight from different historical perspectives, specialized timelines, and media resources. Take time for students to explore the universe and history.

Create – Use ChronoZoom’s powerful authoring tool to create your own historical timelines that tell interdisciplinary stories spanning billions of years or just a few days.

Discover – Explore unexpected relationships and historical convergences that help explain the sweep of Big History—and the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.



How to use Chronozoom?

Chronozoom has a full curriculum and support site for teachers. This site has pre-created units of work that tap into this engaging platform.

There are three steps to creating content and show learning through chronozoom. Each step is a little more complex than the first. Once you have created an account you can follow the steps and links below.

Step 1 – Create a Timeline – Once you have created a top level timeline, additional timelines can be created inside it by clicking on the ‘pen’ icon in the top right hand corner and select ‘Create Timeline’. You will be asked to click and drag to draw a box that represents the start and end of the new timeline. Once the box is drawn, a dialog will appear with a title and the start and end time which can all be changed. You can create any number of timelines inside or next to each other, and that is a convenient way to organize and group your content.

Step 2 – Create an Exhibit – Once you have your first timeline, you can create exhibits inside it at a time when something happened. Exhibits are like a place in a museum with a bunch of artifacts that together tell a story. Click on the ‘pen’ icon again and select ‘Create Exhibit’. You will be asked to click somewhere in time where you want this exhibit to appear. Once you have picked a spot, a dialog will appear with more details. Most importantly, an exhibit needs to have one or more artifacts which are images or documents. Click ‘Create Artifact’ and choose import from Bing or OneDrive. Bing is the easiest – just enter a search term for an image or a video and select the one you like. Now you have the first artifact and there is room for 9 more.

Step 3 – Create a Tour – Once you have created one or more timelines and exhibits, you are ready to create a tour that connects them to tell a story. Click the ‘pen’ icon in the top right hand corner and select ‘Create Tour’. Give the tour a name and description and click ‘add new stop’ and point to existing timelines or exhibits in the sequence you would like them to show. Clicking on individual stops after they have been added allows you to add a description to each stop. The finished tour will be available to all users under the ‘movie strip’ icon in the top right hand corner.

More support for creating Chronozoom content can be found at the online user guide.

Using Chronozoom, together we can create rich learning resource that engages students to discover and create new understandings about history, science and social science.