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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Storyboard That is "an innovative way to describe ideas and processes" that kids can use for a bunch of different purposes. From plotting out kid-made films to recreating a historical event, kids will use words and pictures to express themselves. The drag-and-drop interface should be easy for your kids to figure out, and the program is simple and satisfying. Older kids can create more complex boards with layered images, while young ones can simply have fun experimenting with the kooky characters.
What's it about?
STORYBOARD THAT is a website that lets kids create storyboards for learning or fun. Kids can fill panels with images from an image bank, dragging and dropping characters and props into scenes, then adding text into dialogue bubbles or anywhere they please. There are lots of choices here: character styles include Adults, Youngins, Silhouettes, and Funky, and scenes can take place in front of a water cooler or near a castle. Once kids have put together a complete storyboard, they can save it to their account and return to it later, or save to a computer as a PowerPoint file.
Is it any good?
Storyboard That isn't too shabby; it's easy to use and has all the tools necessary for creating a clear storyboard. The interface is great for kids, and there are just enough choices without being overwhelming. For teachers and parents, there are lots of examples on how to use the site, and the lesson plans include excellent, detailed storyboard-style explanations of various concepts like "Types of Literary Conflict" and "Cyber Bullying." That said, it doesn't have many frills within the tool itself, and the drawings, while sort of cute, could be more charming.
Talk to your kids about ...
After your family sees a movie, ask your kids to explain the plot in less than five sentences. They'll have to figure out the most important people, events, and choices in order to simplify the story.
Are there books your kids love to hear over and over again? Ask them what they love the most about those books. What makes the story special and worth repeating?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, storytelling, writing
Arts: script writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Collaboration: group projects
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, logic, strategy
- Genre: Creating
- Price: Free-$44.95/year
- Pricing structure: Free, Free to Try, Paid
For kids who love writing scripts and stories
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