Meograph is a new digital storytelling tool that I wrote about in the spring. At the time it was in a closed beta period. Over the weekend I received an email from its founder informing me that as of today anyone can use Meograph. Meograph provides tools for creating map-based and timeline-based narrated stories.
When you watch a Meograph story (click here to watch one about women's rights in the USA) you will notice that it is very similar to a watching a narrated Google Earth tour. That is because it is based on the Google Maps and the Google Earth browser plug-in. As the story plays you can stop it to explore additional content in the forms of videos, texts, and images.
Applications for Education
Now that it's live for everyone, use Meograph offers a nice way to create narrated map-based and timeline-based stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth. However, Meograph is browser-based so that students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers. Meograph recommends using Google Chrome for the best viewing and creation experience.