Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... , Richard Byrne, blogger at Free Technology for Teachers, and Joyce Valenza, blogger at NeverEndingSearch, spoke of a recently released (from beta) web based application, Meograph. On the home page under the button, What is Meograph?, readers see:
Meograph helps easily create, watch and share interactive stories. Our first product combines maps, timelines, links and multimedia to tell stories in context of where and when.
After clicking the create button another window appears, an introduction of sorts. I decided to take the four step tour. In step one you are asked to add moments to your story by clicking on the timeline including when and where.
The obvious use of tracking historical or current events using this tool allows for a fresh presentation easily and quickly. Users could research valid information prior to generating their story keeping track in one of the many online post-it boards; process first, product second. I thought it would be a ideal tool to use when doing an author study; inserting pertinent information about their personal lives, their road to publication, and the release dates of their books. Students could track their reading year entering in dates of book completion, the residence of the author/illustrator, a video or image relative to the book, fashioning an interactive journal.
With the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal approaching it might be interesting to track the birth dates and birthplaces of the winners inserting book trailers, interviews or links to book covers or author images. Students could research the winner and honor awards for a specific year making a story of them alone. I started an example of how this might appear beginning in 2000.
Meograph is another great application to place in your virtual toolbox, preferably close to the top. It works best in Google Chrome. There is a download called Google Chrome Frame which can be added to Internet Explorer.