There’s a new digital storytelling kid in town. And this one is just right for telling stories focused on time and place.
Meograph officially launched yesterday. Kind of like a Google Earth tour, this free platform makes it easy for students to tell media-rich stories combining maps, timeline, links, audio and video–to tell stories in context of where and when.
The intuitive, browser-based interface prompts users to create moments by setting up dates (and times if they are meaningful) and locations and then adding media and links to external articles. Moments display geographically along a timeline. Storytellers may add narration using the built-in record button or import audio files.
The models on the site were produced by journalists sharing breaking news. They demonstrate the impressive professional potential for Meograph as a storytelling platform.
Meographs are embeddable and may be shared on most social media sites.
Google Chrome is recommended as the browser of choice for both for viewing and creating, but support for other browsers is promised.
I can see history, world language, and science teachers loving this.
I can see tours of literature.
I can see our global studies students creating current events background stories on major stories.
I can see students producing local histories.
I see all sorts of potential for our student journalists.
And, perhaps, even a new take on what I did over summer vacation?