Meograph is a digital storytelling tool. They claim to utilize 4D storytelling, which means that stories can be told using timelines, google map images, photos, videos, links, and your own narration. All of these features are easy to use and put into your meograph. Here’s a tutorial video. It really doesn’t take long to use the program and you can learn to make fairly in-depth and interesting videos rather quickly. All the features are fairly intuitive. For example, when adding a video there is an option to simply search youtube, then when it’s added you can edit the length of the video right in the program. If you add music, Meograph automatically lowers the volume when videos or narrations are playing, then raises it again in between slides or when there is no narration. Photos can be added from your computer, your google drive, drop box, and a few other locations. Telling a story using the timeline or maps is easy, but they aren’t necessary if you just want pictures, videos, and narration.
Advantages in the Classroom: Its very easy to use and looks really good. It can be used for almost any type of storytelling or presentation. The use of music, narration, pictures, maps, videos, links, and timelines should keep students engaged. There are uses for it in almost any classroom. All files are stored on the cloud and can be accessed as long as you have a log in. The site is free.
For teachers, this can be an excellent tool. You can make a variety of interesting and in-depth presentations for your students. Also, this program may work in a flipped classroom setting since links and videos can be added to the presentation. Another cool feature is that you can get embed code for all created Meographs so you can easily put them into your blog.
Drawbacks: Its browser based, so there is some lag when recording narration. Also, sometimes the photos or video take a long time to upload. This can happen when presenting the Meograph as well, depending on the speed of your internet connection or hardware.