New Tool: Preceden.com

It appears that this embed code isn’t going to work right now, unless someone can explain to me how to support iFrame in WordPress.com.

<iframe src="http://www.preceden.com/timelines/1342-ancient-greece/embed" width="100%" height="655" frameborder="0">
 <a href="http://www.preceden.com" target="_top">Preceden - Make a Timeline for Anything</a>
</iframe>

Here’s a direct link if it doesn’t, to a timeline on ancient Greece I built this afternoon. But I’ve found a cool new tool for studying history: Preceden.com allows you to build timelines which can then be embedded in other web pages.  If this works, I’m going to be putting this on my class wiki, and talking it up with my students, and… and…

It’s just COOL.

I’m totally thrilled with the tool.

Gold Medal for software & service

Update: I’m even more thrilled with this Preceden.com service. Their customer service noted that I mentioned in a comment on my own timeline that the embed code wasn’t working on this site… and Matt, part of their customer service team, has been working with me and with their coders to fix the problem, so the timeline I made can appear here.  Pretty cool.

I’m continuing to add items to the timeline.  Given that the timeline can run on a scale of anything from billions of years down to seconds, it’s a great tool for us historians.  I can build a timeline of the planet’s geology for when I teach evolution at the start of the year; I can also build timelines for when different parts of student projects are due; and I can build timelines of Alexander the Great or the story of human evolution.  I can work at an appropriate scale for whatever kind of project I need to cover in my ancient history class.

This is a gold medal well-earned.

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