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Storyboard That

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Simple tool lets kids map out stories with words and images.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to tell a story using a combination of words and pictures, planning out each action, and discovering how to move the plot forward. They'll learn writing skills as they fill in thought bubbles to create dialogue for characters, and the basics of film-style storyboarding are also covered. Learning to strategize and organize info to make the most compelling tale, kids'll find that the decisions they make can bring a story to life. Storyboard That is a simple, fun place for kids to explore storytelling.

Positive messages

Kids get to make a ton of choices on this website, giving them freedom and empowering them to truly feel like creative storytellers.

Violence
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Sex

One of the character choices is a clearly sexy lady.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

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

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRedstoneHUD March 2, 2015

Hard to use

The interfaces are a little bit clunky and frustrating, although once you get past that it's semi-helpful at teaching. Because you can do absolutely anything, though, I wouldn't recommend it for kids with a history of making or doing inappropriate things.
Kid, 8 years old August 30, 2015

So much fun!

Yes, People can create anything they want and it can be inappropriate, But if you stick to your own creating then you won't stumble across anything with drugs, violence or sex! I think it is an easy and fun tool to create stories with and I recommend to everyone 7 and up.
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Kid, 10 years old September 27, 2013

Hmmm...

User Interface: Complicated; not for kids under 12. Appropriateness: You can create a "storyboard," as it is called, with anything in it, so it isn't necessarily appropriate. I don't really think this is a website created for fun--or for kids. If you're under 12...I don't really think you should use it (you can try it out without making an account and decide for yourself.).