How An Amsterdam School Uses Facebook Timeline In History Classes

Students at Het 4e Gymnasium Amsterdam

Facebook, despite its massive size, is one of the least talked about social media tools in the education technology world. But a high school class in Amsterdam has started using it for educational purposes and you can check out the hard work they’ve done!

Students at Het 4e Gymnasium Amsterdam have had their history class infused into their digital lives thanks to school principal Hans Verhage and the creative agency THEY.

The students have built Facebook Timelines for four history subjects:

– Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
– Fashion from 1950 – present
– Inventions of the 20th Century
– Magellan’s Voyage

Historical events were represented by uploading a variety of media including audio, video, photos, maps, and historic documents.

“Many schools are anti- smartphones, sms, and Facebook because they feel that these things distract from learning. But you can also turn it around and make use of social media,” said Verhage.

Students and history buffs around the world are invited to view the timelines. And of course, to add their own comments.

View a short video about the project here.

Visit the individual History Timelines here:
Fashion – 1950 To Now
20th Century Inventions
Magellan’s Voyage


  1. Violetta

    September 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I love this idea.

  2. Katie Jones

    September 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Wow. That’s a different way to use Facebook Timeline.

  3. Sinobhi kumar

    September 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    tatz great ……indeed a unique way..