According to the dictionary app on my computer, a storyboard is “a sequence of drawings, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie or television production.” As teachers, however, we are masters of looking at what something is supposed to do and coming up with a million other ideas of what it could do to help our students learn. So, even if you have no plans for your kids to create a video, Storyboard That is for you.
Storyboard That is a web-based application (works on iPads, too!) that allows you to easily click and drag settings, characters, and text boxes into panels to create a sequence of ideas. Students can use this to summarize a story, describe the steps in a process, or retell an important event from history. The characters are posable and there are many built-in “props” to add detail to your work. Finished projects can be printed, downloaded as images or PowerPoint files, or shared as a slideshow from the site. Storyboard That also has Teachers Guides that include lesson plans and samples of student work across the curriculum and grade levels. Did I mention it’s easy? I introduced Storyboard That to several second grade classes this week and they were creating stories within minutes!
Storyboard That is not free, but they do have a free 14-day trial. After that, their payment plans are flexible, allowing you to purchase an account for a single month if that’s all you need. With an education account, teachers can create student accounts or provide students with a code to join their teacher’s class. By default, student work is then visible just to members of that class, but there is an option to make it public when and if you wish to do so.
If you are looking for an option to allow students to organize their thoughts, plan a project, or share what they’ve learned, I highly recommend taking a look at Storyboard That…and then write a comment below and let us know what you think!