Histography basically puts most history related articles in Wikipedia on an interactive chronological timeline that’s also divided into categories (see the screenshot above).

It’s incredibly cool, but I suspect it’s going to be too overwhelming to use in my most classrooms, but let me know if you think I’m wrong.

However, I have suggestions for three less glitzy but more practical interactive timelines that might be more reasonable – I’m reprinting their descriptions that appear on The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About World History:

The BBC’s “A History Of The World” is a neat interactive timeline display of historical objects with images and commentary. Not only is it an accessible and engaging way to learn more about world history, but after a quick site registration you can contribute your own historical object choice to the collection and write about it.

The Time Map Of World History is a super-cool interactive and accessible way to learn about…world history. Using a map and accessible text, it starts at 3500 BC.

“Timelines: Sources From History” is a nifty interactive from the British Library that lets you explore items from its collection using text, video and images. It’s very engaging. The only negative I see is that you can save favorites, but only to a PDF that you can then print-out. There doesn’t appear to be anyway to save it online. That seems a little strange, but maybe I’m missing something.