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4 Little Known Storyboard That Features

By Emily Swartz

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Holiday Cards

Mothers Day Card

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Holidays are an extra fun time to use Storyboard That! One feature that many users are unfamiliar with is the ability to create Holiday Cards!

Card Template Instructions

Create a three-cell storyboard for Mother’s Day. This could be a short story (beginning, middle, and end), a joke, a special message to your mother, or whatever you want!


Cell 1 is the front of the card.


Cell 2 is the left inside page.


Cell 3 is the back of the card.



Storyboards of any layout can be converted into a folding card, but only the first three cells will appear. Titles and descriptions are not printed on the card, so use “Textables” inside the cell if you want to include text.

  1. After you save your storyboard, click "Make a Folding Card" and then click "Mother’s Day" (or whatever holiday you wish). The right inside page is a pre-written message that you select at this step. Choose the artwork and message that works best for you!

  2. Print out the pop-up image, and fold.

    • Hold the paper so the front of the card is right-side-up in the bottom right corner.
    • Then, fold the paper in half away from you (you should see the back of the card on the left and the front of the card on the right).
    • Fold the paper again so you only see the front.

  3. Don't forget to sign your card!


Storyboard That currently offers holiday card templates for birthdays, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Passover, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and general Season’s Greetings.


16x9

Conflict in A Tale of Two Cities

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16x9 is a fairly new layout option and should definitely be one you’re using regularly! 16x9 is the industry-standard layout for film production (widescreen aspect ratio or 16 9 format), but that doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for use in the classroom, too!

The 16x9 layout allows for more space in each cell. More space means more opportunities to add dialogue, characters, and detail to your storyboard!

For more information on our 16x9 layout, click here.

Need even more inspiration for using this layout with your ELA students? Click here.


Smart Scenes

Smart Scenes are scenes that can be customized to edit things like time of day and the weather. They are PERFECT for making sure your storyboard is as specific as possible, and also to ensure you have necessary details that are important to the overall theme or message of your storyboard.


To use Smart Scenes, follow these steps:

[Note: We have an entire post dedicated to how you can use Smart Scenes with your students. Click here to read it!]


First, drag and drop the scene into your cell. This example shows a city sidewalk scene, found in Scenes > Town.



Second, click the ‘Edit Scene’ button that appears in the dialogue box. Then, this window will appear! Look at all of those options! Select the changes you wish to make, and click ‘Update Scene’.



Here are 4 scenes you can make using the Smart Scene feature!



Smart Scenes will definitely become one of your favorite features of Storyboard That. They can be used in our traditional cell size as well as 16x9!


Stickies

Comic en Français

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The newest addition to our lineup of characters are called Stickies! They are stick figures that include a man and women, each with attire that can be colored to enhance the story!

You can use Stickies with your students to tell stories, create simple character maps, or plan out an upcoming skit or school play! The opportunities are endless.


Stickies can be found under Characters > Stickies


What are your favorite Storyboard That features? Is there something missing that you’d love to see? Tweet us your answers to @Storyboardthat and we’ll RT our favorites!



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Get the most out of Storyboard That with these great features!

Classroom Features

During your 14-Day free trial, you and your students will have full access to all the classroom features.

  • Unlimited Storyboards with up to 100 cells
  • Personal Teacher Dashboard
  • Support for Google Sign On

Photos for Class

Easily find that perfect photo thanks to integration with Photos for Class.

  • Millions of Creative Commons photos
  • Automatically cited when used
  • Makes storyboards POP

Powerful Export

After your storyboard is created easily export it to high resolution storyboard cells, PDF or PowerPoint File.

  • Add a storyboard into a larger presentation
  • Upload to your blog, wiki or email
  • Create classroom posters

Presentation Ready

Quickly turn any storyboard into a presentation to receive immediate feedback!

  • One Click Live Slide Shows
  • Export to PowerPoint (Keynote, and Google Slides compatible)
  • Create a new presentation just as easily after edits
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