*UPDATE May 12, 2016: This updated Tiki-Toki Lab, which I generated for my Spring 2016 class, reflects revisions and updates to the Tiki-Toki help document linked below.
Tiki-Toki is a free online platform for building digital, multimedia timelines. Tiki-Toki timelines look good–there’s a pleasing wow-factor to a well-formed Tiki-Toki showcased on an overhead projector. Tiki-Toki is also a great choice for student projects that include and interpret digitized primary sources, since, like the digital curation platform Omeka, Tiki-Toki has privacy settings. Students can set their timelines to “private,” sharing them only with their instructor and classmates. This means that students can freely explore and draw from digital primary source collections such as the Digital Public Library of America, the Library of Congress Digital Collections, and the New York Public Library Digital Collections, without worrying about securing permissions to put digital images online.
I created this help document to guide students through the process of setting up a Tiki-Toki timeline, including establishing privacy settings. The document stands on its own as a set of general guidelines, but it can also be tailored for specific assignments. Feel free to adopt and adapt for your own purposes!