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Website review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2013
Meograph

Meograph

Turn a series of moments into a layered multimedia experience

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Editorial review by Common Sense Education
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Grades
5–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity
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Pros: The depth of info you can add is really cool, and the process is pretty intuitive.

Cons: It would be nice to be able to search Meographs by subject.

Bottom Line: It's an outstanding tool for putting together information, and there's some great content available to browse as well.

Assign Meographs for any kind of historical event; kids can collect video, images, and timelines, then put them together in a classroom presentation. It's a little like a slideshow, but with more depth, and kids should enjoy the process. You can also certainly create your own Meographs for teaching anything that lends itself to the format.

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Editor's Note: Meograph (renamed Trio) has closed and is no longer available.

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.

Sign-up requires an email and password, and each Meograph can be shared via 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.

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 "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.

Overall Rating

Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

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.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

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 Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

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.


Common Sense reviewer
Polly Conway Classroom teacher

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Jennifer G. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Vista High School
Vista, United States
Meograph allowed students to use their voice, text, and imagery to persuade their classmates when writing an argumentative essay. The presentations were powerful!
The best part about using a tool like Meograph, is that when students publish their work there is a higher level of concern when it is made public. My students worked twice as hard in the writing because they didn't want to sound inadequate to their friends in class. It also allowed them to see how other students responded to the same controversial issue.
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