What is Meridian Prime Multimedia ?
Meridian Multimedia Platform is a website dedicated to teachers and students of primary and secondary schools. It’s a step towards a modern and more open education model based on professional and verified teaching materials, and at the same time using and learning to use various external sources consciously.
It allows you to move away from the dominant teaching method and implement interactive methods, engaging the student in the cognitive process.
The shared content is mainly maps, depending on the subscription purchased for subjects such as Geography, History, Social Studies and Biology.
Some of the materials are didactic boards—but because their use is analogous to maps, in the further part of the tutorial we use the term „Maps”.
Access to Meridian Prime Platform
To use the Meridian Prime Platform, go to your web browser at platform.meridianprime.online 1 and then log in to your profile or register as a new user.
To register as a new user on the Platform, in the web browser go to the platform platform.meridianprime.online 1 click the icon and then Register 2.
Form 3 allows you to set up one of three types of accounts: Institution, Teacher and Student. After selecting a given account type and pressing the button 4, we go to the completion of the email address and password 5.
If you have a coupon (promotion code), enter it in the appropriate field 6. Otherwise, this field should be left blank.
After pressing the button 7, we go to the last stage of completing personal data and the school data 8.
NOTE: The data necessary to complete will be slightly different, depending on the previously selected account type.
After pressing the Register button 9, a message will be sent to the email address, providing you with a link which must be clicked in order to finally activate your account.
Platform – Login
In order to log in to the Platform, go to the platform platform.meridianprime.online 1 in the web browser, click the icon and then Login 2.
Then—in accordance with the data used during registration—fill in the Email and Password fields 3 and press the Login button 4.
Selecting the Remember5 option allows you to save the login data on your device, causing you to log in automatically the next time you launch the Platform.
It is also possible to reset the password. To do this, click the Forgot your password? 6 in the login window and provide your email address.
NOTE: the email address must be the same as the one provided during registration.
Proper login is indicated by the color change of the icon 7. The message You are logged in 8 is also displayed at the bottom of the screen for a few seconds.
We recommend using the Platform in full screen mode.
In this case you need to click the icon and then full screen 1.
To exit full-screen mode, click the icon and then Exit the full screen 2, or press Escape on your keyboard.
Choice of the teaching level
After entering the Platform, the user has the option to choose between two levels: primary school 1 and secondary school 2.
Select your map
After selecting the teaching level, the user can choose the map he is interested in.
They are grouped by subject (Geography, History, Biology, Social Studies) and you can scroll through the thumbnails using the Forward 1 and Back buttons 2.
Clicking on the thumbnail of the selected map 3 expands its description.
After clicking the Open button 4, the map will start to download.
In addition, below the Open button are keywords or tags associated with the map 5, using which the Platform can be searched.
The users of Chrome and Opera browsers also have the option of downloading the map 6 and then using it offline (i.e. without internet access). This feature is especially useful in establishments where problems with the Internet connection occur.
Note: if you purchased the selected subject package, maps from other subjects are not available and their thumbnails are displayed in shades of gray.
Navigating the Platform: using the upper menu bar
At each stage of using the Platform, the user is informed where in the Platform he is. This function is fulfilled by the menu visible at the top of the browser window 1.
The user has an option of clicking on his individual positions and navigating the Platform.
The button 2 is used to retreat one level.
Downloading and processing the map
What follows after selecting the map, is its downloading and processing.
Depending on the hardware configuration, internet connection speed and map complexity, the process can take from several seconds to several minutes, and does not require any additional actions.
Note: The first download and processing of the map may take several minutes. Each subsequent map launch will be much shorter (from a few to several seconds), because it will not be necessary to process it again.
Re-downloading with processing may occur if you clear your browser's cache or update the content on the Platform.
Aby wyświetlić wszystkie mapy dostępne w trybie offline, należy kliknąć ikonę a następnie Offline 2.
Pojawi się wówczas ekran logowania. Należy wybrać przycisk Zaloguj się 3 i zalogować przy użyciu adresu email 4.
Po zalogowaniu pojawi się lista ze wszystkimi pobranymi i dostępnymi w trybie offline mapami.
W celu otwarcia mapy należy wybrać przycisk 5 a następnie Otwórz 6.
Uwaga: Mapy dostępne w trybie offline, są przypisane do komputera na który zostały pobrane. Są one automatycznie usuwane w momencie wyczyszczenia cache przeglądarki lub wygaśnięcia subskrypcji.
Map view / overview
1 Main map view.
2 Mini map: this is a window specifying the position of international maps in relation to the entire map.
3 Scale: displays the current map scale.
4 Slider (scroll): necessary to change the current scale size, i.e. zoom in / out of the map (for more on this topic see Zooming in and out).
5 Legend: displays and describes the elements placed on the map. If all legend elements do not fit in the window, it can be moved using the slider on the right. Legend items are displayed depending on the layers enabled. The legend window can also be enlarged / extended vertically.
6 Layers: this is a window for switching on / off the map’s layers. To turn on / off the visibility of a given layer, click its name in the list.
7 Settings: the button is used to display a window with the settings for the correct scale conversion (more about this in the Settings section).
8 Button for switching on / off the visibility of the Layers window.
9 Button for enabling / disabling the visibility of the Legend window.
10 Button for switching on / off the visibility of the Mini map window.
11 Button for enabling / disabling the visibility of the Commands module. This module contains tasks, questions and commands to be performed based on a given map, prepared by methodologists and consultants. They can be done in class or as a homework for students.
12 Button for enabling / disabling visibility of the Bibliography module. This module contains a list of verified, reliable source pages related to a given topic. They allow to supplement and deepen knowledge in the field of issues discussed on the map.
14 Search engine button (more on this topic in the section Searching for maps).
15 Button for switching to profile edition or logging in / out of the Platform.
16 Button for switching to the full-screen mode, printing the map or reloading (more on this in the section Working in full-screen mode, Printing the map, Reloading the map).
All windows can be turned off with the X in the upper right corner 17 and their position can be changed by clicking, holding and moving the name of the window 18 with the mouse tab.
Additionally, it is possible to reduce the window to a bar with a header using the arrow button 19.
Having the loaded map we can zoom in, zoom out and move it.
Zooming in and out of the map
The map can be enlarged or reduced using:
- the scale slider 1: located in the lower left corner of the window with a map view.
- the mouse scroll wheel.
- by „pinching” the screen - if the map is displayed on a device with a touch screen.
The scale 2 changes along with the map size.
Moving the map
The map can be moved using:
- a mouse: by pressing its left button and dragging the map to the desired place.
- a finger or a pointer: if we’re displaying the map on a device with a touch screen.
Editing the map
The Layers 1 panel allows you to create your own map by selecting the displayed items. Each map has its own set of available layers depending on the type, theme and generalization. The Legend 2, due to being connected to the layer panel, only explains the elements selected for a given map configuration.
The Interactive points are used to display photos, animations, films, descriptions and audio recordings related to a given map.
They Interactive points are automatically displayed on the map after it finishes loading. To control their visibility (on / off), use the Layers window by clicking on the name of the layer with interactive points. It is always the last group of layers on the list 1.
Hovering over the interactive point will display its name 2, and after clicking - full multimedia content with a description 3.
To turn off information about a given point, click anywhere in the area, except the interactive point window.
Dodawanie własnych punktów interaktywnych
Nauczyciel ma również możliwość dodawania własnych punktów interaktywnych. W tym celu w panelu Warstwy należy kliknąć ikonę 1 a następnie 2 aby dodać nową warstwę interaktywną - jeśli nie była wcześniej utworzona.
Warstwie interaktywnej należy nadać nazwę 3 oraz określić czy będzie ona domyślnie widoczna po wczytaniu mapy 4. Utworzenie warstwy akceptujemy przyciskiem Dodaj 5.
Po utworzeniu warstwy interaktywnej można dodawać do niej punkty interaktywne. W tym celu, obok nazwy warstwy, należy kliknąć przycisk Edytuj punkty interaktywne 6.
Pozwala to na wejście w tryb edycji. Po kliknięciu na mapie miejsca, w którym chcemy dodać punkt, pojawia się kreator.
Istnieje możliwość dodawania treści tekstowych, plików graficznych, wideo oraz dźwiękowych 7. Po wybraniu odpowiedniej zawartości klikamy przycisk Dodaj 8.
Po uzupełnieniu treści punktu interaktywnego (w przykładzie obraz i tekst) klikamy przycisk Dodaj 9.
Punkt interaktywny pojawia się na mapie 10.
Aby wyjść z trybu edycji klikamy przycisk 11.
Dodana warstwa interaktywna wraz z punktami, pojawia się w spisie warstw (12).
UWAGA: Własne warstwy i punkty interaktywne zapisują się w informacjach profilu i tym samym Użytkownik ma do nich dostęp logując się z jakiegokolwiek urządzenia.
Modyfikacja i usuwanie własnych punktów interaktywnych
Punkty interaktywne dodane przez nauczyciela mogą być przez niego modyfikowane. W tym celu w panelu Warstwy należy kliknąć ikonę 1 a następnie 2 aby wejść w tryb edycji.
W celu edycji istniejącego punktu interaktywnego, należy go kliknąć 3.
Spowoduje to otwarcie edytora umożliwiającego zmianę treści punktu interaktywnego. Aby zatwierdzić wprowadzone zmiany należy kliknąć przycisk Zapisz 4.
W celu usunięcia punktu interaktywnego należy kliknąć przycisk Usuń 5.
Usuwanie warstw interaktywnych
W celu usunięcia warstwy interaktywnej należy w panelu Warstwy kliknąć ikonę 1 a następnie 2.
Wybór ten należy potwierdzić klikając przycisk Usuń 3.
The Commands Module
To call the Commands module, click the icon 1 from the side menu.
This module contains questions and tasks to be performed based on a given map, prepared by our methodologists and consultants 2. They can be done in class or as a homework for students.
NOTE: The symbol (R) means that the command has been assigned to the extended level (for secondary schools).
The teacher has the possibility to show or hide selected questions. To do this, click the icon 3 and then expand the question 4, selecting it 5 if it is to be displayed on the command list.
NOTE: Icon 3 is visible only for Teacher and School accounts. The students cannot manage the commands.
Adding your own questions to the Commands module
The teacher also has the option of adding his own questions. To do this, first click the icon 1 and then 2.
In the displayed editor enter the title of the task 3 and its content 4. The editor allows basic editing and text formatting, for example changing the font size, its bolding or color, etc.
To confirm the entered task, click the Add button 5.
This task will be automatically marked as visible. To exit the task editor, click on any area of the screen except for the editor window, and the added tasks will appear in the current list of commands 6.
The added tasks are stored in profile information and the User can access them by logging in from any device.
Modifying the questions from the Commands module
The added questions and tasks can be modified by the teacher.
To do this, first click the icon 1 and then 2.
This will open the editor 3 that allows you to change the content of the task (its appearance and operation is analogous to that described in the section „Adding your own questions to the Commands module”).
To confirm the changes, click the Save button 4.
Removing questions from the Commands module
The added questions and tasks may be deleted by the teacher.
To do this, first click the icon 1 and then 2.
This selection should be confirmed by clicking the Delete button 3.
In addition to the standard selection method presented earlier, the user can use the map search engine. To do this, select the magnifier icon 1 from the top menu (always located in the top right corner of the browser window).
This will open a new window in which we can search the map by tag - by clicking the Filter by tag field 2 or by entering the search phrase in the Search field 3.
Entering the search phrase in the Filter by tag field narrows the selection list with tags.
Closing the search window, click the X button in the upper right corner 4.
In case of incorrect map download or problems with the download itself, it is possible to download it again without refreshing the browser window.
To do this, being in the map viewing window, click the icon and then Reload 1.
The platform is designed in such a way that no additional user actions are needed to display the maps correctly.
Due to the possibility of using the Platform on devices of different sizes of the displayed image in the case of maps, we recommend using the Settings button 1. It allows you to adjust the map scale to the size of the screen, monitor, interactive whiteboard, tablet or the image from a projector.
To do this, click the Settings button 1 while in the map viewing window. This will display a window in which you will be able to adjust the map scale.
2 Adjusting the map scale to the monitor screen: to get the correct map scale on the computer screen, enter into the text box the diagonal measurement of the screen (in inches) on which the map is displayed.
3 Adjusting the map scale for display using a projector or an interactive board: to get the correct map scale on the image of a projector or an interactive board, enter one of the dimensions (width, height or diagonal) of the displayed image in the text box, then select the appropriate unit of measure (centimeters or inches), and which dimension was entered.
To confirm the changes, click the Confirm button 4.
The default scale setting is adapted to the 15-inch monitor screen.
When displaying didactic boards, the scale and the settings button do not appear.
Change of the profile data
After logging in, the user can change the password and edit data related to the profile. To do this, select the icon from the upper menu and then Profile 1.
A form that allows you to view and update your data will appear.
To change or complete your data, click the pencil icon 2, which will turn on the editing mode.
You can also send a request to change the type of your account 3 or choose your school 4.
In order to save the data, click the button Save 5. If you do not wish do save the entered changes, click the button Cancel 6.
User management: the school’s view
The user logged in as an institution-for example the headmaster-has the ability to manage users: he can invite a new teacher to use the Platform and manage the already assigned teachers (a student management function will also be added in the future).
To do this, first select the icon from the upper menu, and then Management 1.
The view shows a list of teachers 2 assigned to the school.
To add a new teacher, click the Invite teacher button 3 and then enter the emails to which the invitations should be sent 4. Click the Invite button 5.
If the teacher accepts the invitation, he will appear in the list of assigned teachers 2.
Management: teacher’s view
If the user is assigned to a given school as a teacher, this information will be visible in the Assigned as teacher 1 section.
You can delete the assignment at any time by clicking the garbage can icon 2.
Profile management: individual user’s view
In addition to changing the basic data, an individual user has the option of joining a school as a student.
To do this, select the icon from the upper menu and then Profile .
In order to join a school, enter its name into the School name field. Then. select the right school from the options available on the list 2.
The users can check the state of their subscriptions. To do this, select the icon from the upper menu and click Subscriptions 1.
A page will appear, listing all of the subscriptions that have ever been assigned to your account 2.
The map can be printed using the map viewing window. To do this, click the icon and then Print 1.
It is possible to select elements such as the map title, scale, legend or commands, if those have been added to the map 2. Clicking the Print button 3 will display the standard print window 4 which lets us select the printer, properties or the number of copies.
NOTE: The printed map is identical to the one currently displayed, i.e. the map’s zoom or position, the scale and the legend will all be arranged on the printout the same way as they are on the screen. Items not visible in the legend window will not be printed. The printout will be done in A4 format.
Change of language
The Platform interface can be displayed in two language versions: Polish and English. To change the language version, click the icon, following with Language. Select the appropriate language from the list 1.
The platform helpdesk
At any time, the user may use the Platform's helpdesk. To do this, click the icon and choose use Help and assistance 1.
It will redirect you to a site with a tutorial and a FAQ section.
Recommended hardware and system requirements
- recommended processor: minimum 2 GHz, compatible with x86 or x64
- 4 GB RAM or more
- 2 GB of free disk space
- operating system: irrelevant
- Supported browsers:
- Chrome 73+ version
- Opera 59+ version
- Firefox version 65+
- Safari version 12+
Android devices (multimedia monitors / smartphones / tablets):
- 3 GB RAM or more
- min 2x cores / 2 GHz processors
- min 2 GB of free space
- Chrome browser version 73+