What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Meograph is a website where users can tell a story using images, video, text, and narration. Best suited to teens and older kids who have a topic to research, it's pretty fun, and an interesting, layered way to present information. Meographs are set to "Public" as a default, so make sure kids slide the bar over to "Private" if they don't want their work to go live on the main page.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- collecting data
- part-whole relationships
- combining knowledge
- producing new content
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- social media
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Creating a Meograph is really satisfying, as the end result looks great. The interface is intuitive, and while it's not a bundle of fun, kids should feel engaged once they begin telling a story here.
Putting together various types of information to create a rich story is a totally transferrable skill, and depending on what kind of content kids choose to present, Meograph could be very empowering.
There's a chat box at the bottom of the screen for immediate questions, but you have to click over to the blog for any kind of FAQ or organized instruction.
What's it about?
MEOGRAPH is a multimedia storytelling website that lets users put together a series of \"moments\" to create a story in four dimensions. What the heck does that mean? Well, it's actually pretty simple. Use the creation tool to add a few pieces of media to each moment, for example, a photo, date, location, and some audio narration, and you'll get a visual interpretation of that data. Continue to add more moments, and your Meograph will play like a video documentary.
Is it any good?
Making a Meograph looks overwhelming at first; click the "How-To" button and the most intimidating infographic ever appears. But once you get started, the process is pretty intuitive, and you're guided by prompts for every step. Meographs are great for research projects or class presentations, and they flow really nicely.
The search function could use some tweaking; it would be nice if there were a way to search by subject, especially for kids. As it is, Meographs are searchable by Newest and Most Popular. The most viewed Meograph is the "Life of Whitney Houston," followed by "Best Soccer Goals of 2012," and in third place, "Photosynthesis." As you can see there's a real mix of published content, but with a little hunting, kids can find some quality stuff.
Families can talk about...
As a family, tell your story using Meograph. You could put together a full family history or just share a summer vacation.
Watch a kid-friendly documentary like March of the Penguins with your kids; note how the narration brings the imagery to life and shares info at the same time.
|Price:||Free-$39.99/year for up to 40 students|
|Pricing structure:||Free, Paid|