Storyboard That

 

Learning(i)

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

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sex

One of the character choices is a clearly sexy lady.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Storyboard This is serious about kid safety. Accounts for kids under 13 must be personally created by teachers to ensure there's no personal information entered.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will find it pretty fun, and it doesn't take much to bring each panel to life with backgrounds and characters. The design is fine; it seems a little dated for such a new site, but it's easy to use and kid-friendly.

Learning Approach

The number of combinations and choices are empowering; putting panels together to create a linear story requires some totally transferrable critical thinking skills. There could be much more diversity in the characters available.

Support

There's a ton of technical help as well as advice on storyboarding itself. Once you're in the creation tool, there's a pop-up window with help details.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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

Genre:Creating
Price:Free-$44.95/year
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid

This review of Storyboard That was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 10 years old September 27, 2013
age 11+
 

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.).
Teen, 13 years old Written byRedstoneHUD March 2, 2015
age 13+
 
LEARNING

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.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass