Screenshot of a TikiToki timeline.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Dig. Learning sent to me, 12 Tiki-Tokis…

12 TikiTokis

Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating interactive timelines.

There are various options available for you to fully customise your timelines… and lots of benefits over other timeline software:

  • Nothing to download (it’s browser-based, but there’s a desktop app if you’d prefer that)
  • 3D timelines available
  • Videos (YouTube and Vimeo) and images can be incorporated
  • Each timeline has its own shareable URL
  • Timelines can include several colour-coded categories
  • Timelines can easily be split into different timespans

Payment model

Like most web-based software, there is a free option and there are several premium versions (Edu, Bronze and Silver)

TikiToki pricing model. TkiToki has a freemium model, whereby there is a price if you want to create multiple timelines.
TikiToki pricing model

The paid-for versions feature:

  • Group editing (useful to get groups of students working collaboratively)
  • Embed options so that the timeline can be added to your site

To sign up for an account, visit

Example timelines

The Maritime Archaeology team created a couple of timelines. Learners on the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds online course provided the information.

Tiki-Toki example

There are all sorts of possible applications for this tool, depending on your discipline. As long as your content includes some kind of progression, it is usually possible to work it into this format. Here are some ideas:

  • Students create introductions to who they are and what has influenced them
  • Plan out a visual schedule for the year
  • Explore granular aspects of an event (minute by minute analysis of a debate or election, for example)
  • Consider the evolution of a company/product
  • Explore the life of an influential person
  • Review changes in regulations
  • Analyse social changes and trends over time
  • Tell a story in sequence (can be helpful for understanding a non-linear narrative)
  • Explain a process or procedure
  • Explore the use of changing technology in a particular area

What uses can you think of for Tiki-Toki?

There is a useful blog post on the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University’s website about Digital Timelines. It explores reasons for using timelines-based assignments,  as well as giving examples of types of assignments, how timelines can be graded and other questions to be considered.

If Tiki-Toki doesn’t meet your timeline needs then you may wish to explore alternative timeline makers.

All of the posts in this series

1 On the first day… a Post-it in a Plus app
2 What is Articulate Storyline?
3 Podcasting: Voice recorder Pro 7, Bossjock jr, Opinion
4 Padlet walls
5 AppBonanza
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PDF Expert and Adobe Acrobat Pro
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6 Active learning using Panopto recordings
7 7 easy post-processing steps to get your photos to stand out
8 Wirecast play for live streaming
9 Panopto for student presentations and assessment
10 On the 10th day, get organised to keep all your lords a-leaping
11 Hear those pipers piping!
12 TikiTokis

12 Days of Christmas – 12 Tiki-Tokis

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