Simile Exhibit Project – VA History SOLs

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So I finally managed to get Exhibit working. Which is pretty impressive considering I’ve been working on it during NECC and I’ve failed a few times before.

The site is up here. The death locations aren’t correct right now but I welcome any feedback you’d care to give.

I think it has some really interesting potential in enabling students to interact with and see relationships between different types of data (geography/time/facts/eras).

Plus it looks pretty, is interactive and you can click to sort/categorize everything on the fly.

I used the same layouts used in their Presidents example. I took what they’d done and changed categories, some css etc. to create information that was more relevant to what we have to study. It was something of a hassle to get this done but I think it was worth it and I’m working on creating a basic template to allow teachers to put the data into a Google spreadsheet and drive the site through that.

Here’s a short video showing what it can do. Click here if you can’t see anything below.

Comments on this post

  1. Maya Bentz said on June 29, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    It’s a great interactive project. Simile has so many different projects I’ll definitely try them. Please share your template for a Google spreadsheet with us whenever you are done.

  2. Tom said on July 5, 2007 at 4:04 pm


    I’ve got a basic tutorial with template files up now. You can check it out at


  3. Maya Bentz said on July 6, 2007 at 4:36 pm


    Your Exhibit website is great! Your step-by-step tutorials are easy to follow and your template files are very helpful. I’ll definitely use them with our middle school teachers in September and let you know. Thanks!

  4. Tom said on July 6, 2007 at 10:26 pm


    Glad it’s looking at least semi-sensible. It’s such a cool educational tool that I really felt it needed a more extensive tutorial. I know I’d botched it a couple of times before and then gave up. I made myself go full bore this time and it worked out.

    It is harder writing a tutorial on something you just learned :). I think I’ll have to re-do some of it but the templates should help as they actually work even if the rest of what I say is nonsense.


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