Create a timeline with circaVie


AOL launched an interesting service last year, circaVie, which lets you easily create a flashy photo timeline and share with anyone. You can create multimedia timelines with circaVie for about anything–your life story, your career, your vacation, or the chronicle of last 5 years’ important events in your professional life.

circaVie provides a tool for creating Flash-based timelines by adding photos, captions, text and links for all kinds of events. You can then embed your timelines into your blog, share them with students, friends, colleagues, and families. Others can then view your timeline, scroll through it, skip to a certain date, search across all timelines, and browse tags. In addition, you can embed your timelines on your blog or Website, pass your timeline via AIM Share, and subscribe to an RSS feed of that timeline.

circaVie’s interface is quite cool and it is easy to use. Go to the circaVie site, simply sign up or sign in with your AIM screenname or OpenID. Then, you can start a timeline and add photos to the timeline by uploading the photos from your computer or entering the URLs of the photos if they are already online. You need to specify the title, date, and description and tags for each event. Also, you can change the color of the timeline. Once you complete the timeline, you can share your timeline with others by providing the URL. Also, you can get the embeddable code for embedding your timeline into your blog entry or Web page. For a complete demonstration on circaVie, you can view the circaVie screencast tutorial produced by Demo Girl.

Besides creating timelines for fun, I think teachers and students can use circaVie to create timelines for educational uses in many school subjects such as history, science, social studies, art portfolio… etc. circaVie is a great educational tool. Here is an excellent example, The History of Autism, created by Jayne Lytel.


About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to Create a timeline with circaVie

  1. Derek Dukes says:

    The timeline space is totally heating up. You should take a look at a site I just launched a couple weeks ago called which is also set up for easily making timelines.

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  3. tdedeaux says:

    This is a really neat tool, and one that could have both personal and educational uses.

    Personal uses, of course, are obvious. It’s fun to put together a photo timeline, and could be a neat thing to send to a geographically distant friend, say, on his or her birthday.

    Educational uses, however, could include history classes, in which students often make timelines anyway. This would allow them to make a more involved and “pretty” timeline, one that visual learners might find more interesting.

    It might also be useful in science classes, to show the “timeline” of cell mitosis, using pictures of each step in cell division. Students could create a “timeline” of prehistoric periods (Jurassic period, Cretaceous period), using pictures of the dinosaurs that lived in each time period.

    So this could be a fun and potentially useful tool for education as well as personal use.

  4. While, according to the Website, this tool is no longer available, I believe similar tools have incredible capabilities to help enhance learning. In my classroom, we study the history and evolution of a number of things. The history of graphic design would be an excellent project to compile in this electronic form of a timeline. Students could import images, text, and video (with other timeline programs) that depict how graphic design began, turning points in technology, and the future of the field.

    In addition, another timeline-related project that we work on is the evolution of logos—the Apple logo, for example. Like the previously mentioned project, this program would allow students to import images and text so they are able to visually depict how/when/where/by whom a logo began, how it progressed as technology progressed, what it looks like now, as well as their own updated version of the logo, if they were to re-design and update its look.

    This tool has the capability to reach a number of learners and to encourage collaborative efforts with students. Further, many students are likely to use this tool in one class and transfer the technical knowledge they gained to another class, perhaps creating a timeline for their history or English class once they have used it in another class.

    Thanks for sharing this link. Although this program is now (or will be) unavailable, there are other free, comparable tools out there (such as, or

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