How I Use It
When my students are creating digital stories, they need to plan their script. This means more than just planning the voice-over/narration. They need to plan the visual elements, too. I use Storyboard That to have them represent the story they plan to tell. They can show the setting, the characters, etc. They can even add annotations over the images as they will appear in the video. Student can plan the script as part of the storyboard so they know exactly what they plan to say.
I also like to have students picture the stories they read. In a one-to-one setting, students could add to their storyboard after each chapter in a novel. Storyboard That gives students all the elements they need to create visual summaries for a wide range of stories. This is a great way for students to summarize their reading regardless of their literacy level. English Language Learners can express themselves with the images. Advanced Readers can annotate their summaries and add symbolism, too.
The storyboards can be downloaded as PowerPoints. They can also be shared via social media or linked in emails. I love how easy it is to share.
This tool is a great way for students to plan their narratives. I love how the templates remove the ability to draw well. It also gives students the ability to create detailed pictures of their reading very quickly.
The free account allows two storyboards per week. This would be plenty for my students.
The only negative I have found so far is that the number of options could be a little daunting to navigate. Not really a problem there, though.
I look forward to using this more often in my class.