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Bamber Gascoigne

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    Creating an intelligent network of internet articles and images, each of which can be reached by users at no more than a single click. The network goes by the name of OCEAN (One-Click Edited-Access Network).
  1. Interesting enough - any ideas how you would use these with a class of Year 9 students? Andy, hello again (3 years since Toulouse!) Our timelines aren't yet adapted specifically for school use. They are of value to both teachers and pupils alike only as a general resource, just like Wikipedia or anything else. However, we are trying to move towards developments of specific use as teaching tools, and want input from teachers as to what they would welcome. I will open a topic in the next few days on my blog (http://bamberontimelines.blogspot.com/) - and post a note here when it is done.
  2. Early this year a magnificent new timeline site went online as xtimeline. http://www.xtimeline.com/ The editing interface makes it incredibly easy to create one’s own timelines, inserting an apparently unlimited amount of text as background information for the event, and easily uploading one image per event (automatically resized as thumbnail and enlargement). And the interface for viewing the timeline is a delight. At the top of the screen the events are displayed in horizontal sequence, with a scrollbar to move one quickly backwards or forwards. When you stop the scrollbar, the four close
  3. Google’s amazing new timeline facility is as yet a rather well kept secret. But it is extremely easy to access. All you have to do, when the results of any Google search come up, is add after your search terms a space and then view:timeline A click brings a miraculous transformation. Selected events relating to your search, all with a date now attached, are suddenly displayed in timeline format. The two lines of text in each result are exactly as usual, but they look much cleaner because of two elegant changes. The often confusing jumble of words in the top line, in blue underlined, is replac
  4. This is the age of the timeline, entirely thanks to the web. Most of us are now familiar with timelines, but we forget how recent they are. Among the four major English dictionaries on sale in 2007 (Chambers, Collins, Oxford, Penguin) only one – Collins – includes timeline as a word. But they all include chronology, in its use as ‘a table or list of events in order of occurrence’. As chronologies they have been around for ages – dead things tucked away at the back of books, and rarely found. I call them dead because each event on this sort of timeline was a lifeless self-contained item, lead
  5. While writing a book of criticism about 20th-century drama, I found myself getting very interested in illustrations of what had happened in the theatres of the time, both on the stage and in the audience. This led to the idea of doing a history of theatrical illustrations from Greek times to the present. I managed to get it commissioned and spent a wonderful three years travelling round theatre museums in Europe and America. By the end I was completely hooked on on the historian's hunt for material as opposed to the critic's browsing among completed works of art. Always largely by accident.
  6. I'm Bamber Gascoigne and I have been involved with history on the net for ten years. In 1994 I began writing an interactive world history that is now online at http://www.historyworld.net/. We have several features that we think are special, including a timeline (6000 events) on which users can mix their own selected categories of events and images. In 2002 we won the New Statesman New Media award for Britain's best educational website. Since then we have launched an index to historical content on the net (www.oceanindex.net, with 40,000 links and growing fast) and templates enabling museums,
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