Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Do You Have a Digital Story to Tell?




Kristen, Juliet, and Cassie over at the Teaching Trio host a linky called Technology Thursday. It is a weekly linky dedicated to all things technology related. Teachers can share reviews of websites or apps you've tried, tech tips that make your {teaching or personal} life easier, and helpful tutorials. Their hope is that this linky provides a place for teachers to share and learn new ways to use technology and engage students!



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Today, I have an amazingly easy way for you to tell your story. You can use still pictures, text and embed videos right into the story. This program allows you to create a timeline and use a Google map to help take your viewers along on your story. The program is called MEOGRAPH. One of the nicest things about it, it is FREEEEEE!

I can think of a number of ways you can use this program with your class.

1) Students can create a meograph to tell a story about a biography and to show the different places the character travelled to in a lifetime.
2) Students can tell their autobiography.
3) Students can use this program to create their own lit trip through a book such as done with Google Lit Trips.
4) Students can create a Meograph to share their vacation or field trip stories with the class.
There really are numerous ways you can use this program.

Not only is this program free, it is easy to use. I am including a tutorial for you here.




Begin by opening the website and click on the "Try!" button to begin.




Add a title and then click on "add a moment".



Choose whether you would like to add a photo, video, and even narration. Next, click on "More" to add the location and other information for each "moment" you add.



Next, you can add links, text, where, and when the "moment" happened. I love that by doing this, a Google map is added. As you enter each "place", a line moves from the previous to the new place on a Google map. You can adjust the size of the map as well, by zooming in or out up at the top of the map. You just repeat this process over and over for however many "moments" you want to include in your story.



Click on the picture above to be taken to a Meograph I created to tell the story of a mission trip I took to Mexico. It has still pictures, text, narration, and even includes an embedded video.

If you like this tech tip, click on the button at the top of this post to visit the Teaching Trio for some other ideas!

Enjoy!

Christina

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