Tidbit ToolKit

Technology Tips and Tools #22

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Tech Term


Short for "Digital Camera Images." DCIM is the standard name of the root folder digital cameras use to store digital photos. Therefore, when you connect a digital camera to your computer, the disk that appears on your desktop (Mac) or in "My Computer" (Windows) will most likely have a folder named "DCIM" inside it.

This file system was originally established in December 1998 and has since become the standard file system used by all digital cameras. Therefore, whenever you connect a digital camera or smartphone to your PC, your computer will look for the DCIM folder. Similarly, if you insert a memory card into a card reader connected to your computer, it will scan the memory card for a folder named "DCIM."

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TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.

1 Create your spreadsheet

Build a new Google Spreadsheet using our template. You'll need to copy the template to your own Google Drive account by clicking the "Use this template" button.

Drop dates, text and links to media into the appropriate columns.

2 Publish to the web.

Under the File menu, select “Publish to the Web.”

In the next window, click the blue "publish" button, then "Are you sure…?" click OK.

Now, copy the URL that appears in the center of the window.

3 Generate your timeline

Copy/paste spreadsheet URL into the box below to generate your timeline. (Make sure you've published the spreadsheet.) Google Spreadsheet URL

4 Embed the code into your website

Grab the embed code and paste it on your site where you want your TimelineJS to appear (just like a YouTube video).

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Tips & tricks

  1. Keep it short. We recommend not having more than 20 slides for a reader to click through.
  2. Pick stories that have a strong chronological narrative. It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the timeline.
  3. Write each event as a part of a larger narrative.
  4. Include events that build up to major occurrences — not just the major events.

Media sources

TimelineJS can pull in media from a variety of sources.

Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more!

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Jill Elberson

I am an Instructional Technology Facilitator for Davidson County Schools. I help teachers integrate the information and technology essential standards with instruction. I also model new technologies and provide training to the staff. I am here to help you utilize technology for enhancing instruction and engaging the students. I work closely with the media coordinator, along with support staff and other teachers to plan lessons. Let me know how I can assist you. My school assignments are Northwest Elementary, North Davidson Middle, North Davidson High, South Davidson Middle, South Davidson High, and Valley Academy.

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