Meograph

Common Sense Media says

Organize a series of moments into a compelling story.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Meograph really helps kids put together the pieces of an event, idea, or group of people -- they'll visualize the whole. Playing back a Meograph they've created is empowering and exciting.

Violence

A search for "guns" brings up a lot of Meographs, but there doesn't appear to be anything devoted specifically to violence.

Sex

A search for "sex" on the main search page brings up a number of educational videos on sex trafficking and other crimes, but there doesn't appear to be any overtly sexual content.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Signup requires an email and password, and each Meograph can be shared through social media, email, or embedding into a blog. All Meographs default to public status, so make sure to set each one to private if you don't want them displayed on the main search page.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing
  • presenting to others

Social Studies

  • history
  • events
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • combining knowledge

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.  

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing
  • presenting to others

Social Studies

  • history
  • events
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • combining knowledge

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Kids can learn how to organize information in a way that others can understand, whether they choose to tell a linear story or put together a documentary-style presentation. They'll learn speaking skills with voice-over narration, and can improve writing as they add captions and text to accompany visual media. Meograph gives kids lots of options and lets them present important moments, educational or personal, in their own way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Price:Free-$39.99/year for up to 40 students
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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