Storytelling in the classroom has all kinds of benefits for students. Not only do students love to listen to their teachers read and tell interesting stories, but encouraging students to create their own enhances skills across all subjects, including verbal proficiency, creativity, reading, and mastery of content.
Now Meograph is working to make storytelling in the classroom more dynamic than ever. We’ve covered the startup, who has created a digital storytelling tool that allows users to create their own interactive videos that combine audio, pictures, texts, maps, timelines and more to tell their own stories in a new and creative way — all of which aligns with project-based learning and Common Core standards. We’re pleased to share that the company just added its first paid license made specifically for educators.
The different education packages include all kinds of useful features for classroom use, including teacher control over student accounts (now teachers can register students of any age as sub-accounts so students don’t have to provide their own email addresses), classroom management tools that allow the teacher to see their students’ content on a dashboard, and private sharing that allows the teacher to control whether the students’ stories can be viewed by solely the teacher, the class, parents, or made public.
Founders Misha Leybovich and Francis Escuadro didn’t originally build the product for the classroom, but over the course of this past year, Meograph has gained popularity among teachers and students. Now over 1,300 schools across the country use Meograph, and the founders have committed to serving their customers in the education space.
“This is a big step in being able to provide quality learning and presentation tools to educators for free, while charging just a bit for more premium features so we can be sustainable as a business and keep building awesome products,” Leybovic said of the license to Technapex. “Teachers are loving these new capabilities, and we are very glad to be able to help their students with their learning outcomes.”
Meograph is releasing three classroom packages priced so teachers can purchase the packages directly for less than a dollar per student. This is a savvy move by the startup, who will make the money they need to grow and create better products by monetizing, but will still offer their services at a reasonable price point for educators in schools, even those where cash is tight. The core product will still be free, but the education-specific features seem to make it well worth the low price point. Check out the different packages here.