Showing posts with label Story Boards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Story Boards. Show all posts

Friday, August 2, 2013

Try Storyboard That for Creating Stories and Planning Video Projects

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Storyboard That is a nice tool for planning and creating stories online. Storyboard That provides templates in which you can create your stories in a comic strip style. To help you create your story Storyboard That provides dozens of scenes, characters, and text bubbles to fill your storyboard's frames. Each element that you drag into your storyboard's frames can be re-sized, rotated, and re-positioned.

Applications for Education
Storyboard That could be a good tool for students to use to create simple cartoon stories. Students can also use Storyboard That to create outlines for longer creative writing projects or to script videos they're producing.

The free version of Storyboard That limits your stories to six frames. A premium plan allows for more frames, uploading of your own images instead of just using clipart, and the premium plan offers a "teacher view" for monitoring your students' work. 

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: A Picture's Worth 1000 Words- Tell the Story of a Picture

A Picture's Worth is a web program for people to share photos and tell short stories about the photo. There are thousands of stories and pictures to explore on A Picture's Worth. The stories are limited to 1000 words. Each story can be placed onto a Google Map to give readers an idea of where the story takes place.

Applications for Educators
The idea of using pictures to inspire students to write creatively is not a new one (I did this as a student in the 80's). What is new is the idea of putting these stories on the Internet and mapping the location of the story on map created collaboratively with other authors. The text character limit is a good way to stress students the importance of editing for maximum effect in a small space. (Twitter and Pownce also do this to some extent). The mapping feature is a good way to show students what people in other parts of the world are thinking. A Picture's Worth also gives students an instant world-wide audience for their work. Publishing can be a great motivator for students to take editing seriously, see Teen Ink as an example.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Scratch- Kids create interactive stories

Scratch is a program from MIT designed to help kids create and share interactive stories, music, and videos. The program is a free download. The program is compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux systems.

Applications for Educators
Scratch is a good way to have students organize their thoughts into a story board then watch and share the results with others. Have students create an educational game to help others learn and to demonstrate their own knowledge. Through the creation of scratch programs students learn some basic presentation programming skills. Scratch is designed for students age 8 and up.

Here is a video about Scratch.