When teachers ask me why they should use Storyboard That, one of the first things I say is something along the lines of, “Every student, whether they’re at the top of the class or are struggling a bit, can use and LOVE Storyboard That.” And it’s true - because Storyboard That is so intuitive, it takes just minutes for students of all ages and abilities to understand how to use the application and start creating storyboards!
Even though the Storyboard Creator is so easy to use, some students need a bit more time getting started than others. Below, I provide a few ideas on how to help struggling students use and love Storyboard That!
1. Incorporate Templates to Help Them Get Started
Often times, struggling students just need a push in the right direction and then they take off running on their own! One way to give students a nudge is to create (or start to create) the assigned storyboard - whether that be a plot diagram, vocabulary chart, or timeline - and pass it along to students’ Storyboard That accounts via a Template!
Students can then continue the storyboard by filling in the descriptions, adding pictures to go along with the descriptions you've already written, or a combination of the two!
Check out this example of a character map for The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The teacher has created the storyboard with all of the key characters and filled in the first box as a guide. Then, students can continue to fill in important details about each character within their own Storyboard That accounts. This will not change the original that was created by the instructor - each student will essentially be editing his/her own copy. Cool, huh?!