How I Use It
I wish I had discovered this website before I taught the unit on plot. It would be perfect to have students visually break down each element of the plot of a story they read, (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). Creating an image of each element would require that the students select the most important details of each element To add another element would be to have the students provide a written summary of each element. Again, this would require that students extract the most important details since the room for text in each box is limited. After I discovered it, however, I have had students created visual images of sentences they wrote to help remember vocabulary words, as well as to create a scene that they visualized while listening to a musical selection. Students had the option to illustrate the scene by hand, or use Storyboard That. I think this product could also be used for social studies in a variety of ways as well since there are so many scenes that are related to the time periods and places that are studied by the students. For example, for 7th grade, the students could be asked to create three slides that compare the environments of Native Americans. Students would find three different scenes that depict Native American shelters, for example, and create a character who speaks about the features of each shelter.
I see this product more as an assessment tool rather than a teaching tool. I can't see myself using this to create materials to teach new content to students. I do, however, feel that it is an excellent critical thinking tool in that students must think carefully about their choices based on the details they have read or have been taught. I think the comic-like format also lends itself to any material that students must summarize. They have relatively small speech bubbles, so it is a lesson in which information is the most important to be included. I was very impressed that the free version seemed to have an abundance of scenes to choose from, as well as a wide variety of characters. Some of my students thought that there could have been more props to select from. Overall, it is fun and easy to use.