Timeline Builder

The Timeline Builder provides a chronological index of eras, events, arts and innovations, and famous people throughout history. Zoom into a specific period of history, compare and contrast major innovations across continents, or layer artistic works onto periods of history. icurio gives users the power to view history piece by interactive piece.

Here’s how to use icurio’s Dynamic Timeline:

  • Access using the Timeline Builder

The Timeline Builder is accessed from the top of the Themes Channel page.

Location of Timeline Builder
Location of Timeline Builder

When you go to the Timeline Builder, you can either choose a predefined timeline or define the beginning and ending years for a timeline search. Your result will be a timeline of Eras, Events, Arts, Innovations or Discoveries, and Famous People that match either the subject or the time span you’ve chosen.

Example of the Timeline Builder
  • Select a Timeline

Each Academic Level of icurio (Elementary, Middle, or High) will present a selection of timelines appropriate to that level. Select a timeline from the list (e.g. U.S. History) to retrieve a timeline of significant events in that topic. If you choose, you may then add one or more layers to that timeline. In this way, you can examine the relationships between events in history and creations in art, for instance, or do a cross-curricular examination of history and literature.

Example of Adding a Layer
  • Enter a Time Span

Define a beginning and ending year for a timeline, remembering to choose BC or AD as well. This will produce a timeline of a restricted time span which will include events, people, and innovations, etc. from many areas of study, rather than restrict the results to a specific topic.

  • Access using the Timeline Icon

Often when you perform a Famous Person search, or access Subjects Channel Playlists, you will find a timeline icon next to a name or event. When you click on the icon, you will go to a timeline that represents the time span of that person’s life or of the event. Note: These are not timelines of the events in a famous person’s life, or a timeline of small events within a greater one (for example, battles WITHIN the Civil War) but of events, inventions, etc. that happened during that person’s lifetime or the time of the event.

icurio will display a Timeline based upon your selections. Each timeline is broken up into five main categories.

The top area of the Timeline, in black, indicates generally recognized time periods marked by particular social and/or environmental changes such as wars, social issues, leaps in technology, etc.

The second area of the Timeline, in blue, indicates distinct events or occurrences which took place during a particular time period. Such events have precisely known dates and can include wars and battles, presidential speeches, newly enacted laws, the signing of treaties, and other events marked in history.

The third area of the Timeline, in orange, indicates relevant and influential works produced by writers, painters, sculptors, and musicians during a particular time period.

The fourth area of the Timeline, in green, indicates new discoveries, methods, approaches, and ideas in the fields of science and the military during a particular time period.

The fifth area of the Timeline, in purple, indicates the famous people who were alive during a particular time period.

To get a Search Result on any item listed in any area of the Timeline, click on the link. Each link will return a Search Result of resources about the item from the timeline.

  • Expand the Timeline

icurio allows you to add to your timeline in many ways.

o        Drill Down Through the Timeline

The timeline icon () always indicates an additional timeline. To focus your timeline on the time period of just one era, event, famous person, etc. click this icon when it appears. A new timeline will be created dictated by your selection.

o        Expand/Contract the Categories

icurio allows you to expand and contract the five main categories of a timeline by using the plus or minus signs (+/-) found next to each category title. Select the + to increase the number of items displayed in a category, up to a maximum of thirty; select the – to decrease the number of items displayed in a category.

o        Move the Timeline (only available when you begin the timeline by entering a Time Span)

When you select a span of time for your Dynamic Timeline, you are not necessarily restricted to those dates. Use the buttons to move the timeline backward or forward in time.

  • Save the Timeline

Once you have created and expanded a timeline to suit your purposes, you can save it and share it in your My Content portfolio.

Click on at the top of the timeline. This will take you to a dialog box where you can edit the title, add a description and/or place the timeline within an existing folder if you choose.

Example of Saving a Timeline

Click on to include your Timeline in My Content.

Now you can manage your timeline in all the ways you manage other saved searches. For more information on how to handle saved searches, check out the My Content help.

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