Showing posts with label Storyboard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Storyboard. Show all posts

Monday, April 2, 2018

Two Easy Ways to Create Printable Storyboard Templates

Next week Common Craft is hosting a free webinar about their video creation process. I attended one of their webinars last summer. In that webinar Lee LeFever stressed the importance of planning and using storyboards as part of that planning process. Both PowerPoint and Google Slides can be used to create online and printable storyboards to plan a video. Watch my videos embedded below to learn how to create printable storyboards in PowerPoint and in Google Slides.

How to create a storyboard template in PowerPoint.

How to create a storyboard template in Google Slides.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Storyboard - Create Cartoons from Your Videos

Storyboard is a new Android app produced by Google. The app will let you select a video that you have recorded on your phone and then have a cartoon storyboard of the video automatically created for you. I tried Storyboard yesterday and found it easy to use. That ease of use is partly due to the lack of customization options found in the app. All you can do in the app is select a video and then swipe through layouts until you find one that you like. You can't customize the layouts. Customizing the cartoon effects is also not an option.

Applications for Education
I think there is some use for the Storyboard app in school settings. The app could be useful for generating cover images for digital portfolios that include videos recorded by students.

The app might also be useful for extracting pictures from a video. Students could then caption those images to practice writing stories or writing directions for a process.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Solar System and Storyboards - Free Lesson Plans

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Storyboard That offers a robust platform on which students and teachers can create comics and storyboards. Even those who don't fancy themselves as artists can make great comics by utilizing Storyboard That's galleries of thousands of pre-made characters, scenes, and objects.

In addition to offering a great platform for creating graphics, Storyboard That offers more than one hundred free lesson plans covering topics in language arts, history, physical education, math, world languages, and science. With the solar eclipse coming later this month in North America, it's timely to share Storyboard That's lesson plans about the solar system.

Storyboard That offers free lesson plans for teaching solar system vocabulary, the planets, and a lesson about Galileo and theories about the solar system. Each lesson plan includes instructions and rubrics. The lesson plans also include templates for making storyboards in Storyboard That, but you could also just use paper and pencil to make the storyboard and have the same lesson plan outcomes.

Watch the videos in my playlist below to learn how to use Storyboard That.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Storyboards in the Classroom - A Webinar Recording

Last night I hosted a webinar about using storyboards for a variety of purposes. The webinar was sponsored by Storyboard That. If you missed the live session, you can now watch the recording as embedded below.

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The slides from the session can be seen here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Turn Stories Into Holiday Cards on Storyboard That

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Last month Storyboard That offered a tool for creating Thanksgiving cards. This month they're offering a tool for creating holiday cards (Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year, Kwanza, and generic "season's greetings"). To create one of these cards simply select "make a folding" card after creating and saving a storyboard. A video of the process can be found here.

Applications for Education
Creating holiday cards on Storyboard That could be a good way for students to practice writing short stories. Students can use Storyboard That to write about their personal highlights of the year then turn that story into a card that they can fold and mail to family members.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Type Non-English Characters in Storyboard That Stories

During the Comics in the Classroom webinar that I hosted on Monday night we learned that you can now use non-English characters in Storyboard That comics. If you don't want to sit through the whole recording of the webinar to see that feature, check out the short video I made just to demonstrate how to type non-English characters in Storyboard That.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Customize Your Characters in Storyboard That Comics

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A couple of weeks ago I shared the news that Storyboard That now offers fully posable characters. You can use these characters to customize the positioning of legs, arms, and head tilts of your characters. You can also change the facial expressions of your characters. In the video below I demonstrate how to use these features.

Storyboard That is offering a back-to-school 25% discount on their premium plans

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Storyboard That Offers Posable Characters to Use in Your Cartoon Creations

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Earlier this summer in my post about popular ed tech tools updated over the summer I teased Storyboard That's new posable characters. Those characters are now available to all Storyboard That users. When you open the Storyboard That editor you will now see a character menu that is labeled "basics (fully posable)." All of those characters can be posed a wide variety of ways. There is even a character based on my likeness, see if you can find it.

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For those readers that aren't familiar with Storyboard That it is a service 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 to your heart's content. Your completed storyboard can be saved as a comic strip, saved as a set of images (one image for each frame), or saved as a set of PPTX slides.

Applications for Education
Storyboard That offers fantastic guides for teachers. In the teachers' resources section you will find dozens of comprehensive lesson plans for teaching language arts through comic creation. One of the guides that is quite timely is the guide to teaching The Giver through comic creation.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Analyzing Shakespeare With Storyboards

Creating a storyboard can be a good way to organize a story and plan a video project. As Rebecca Ray shares in the slides below, creating storyboards can also be a good way to deconstruct and analyze a story.

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The recording of Rebecca Ray's presentation is embedded below.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories

As a student the importance of planning a story before writing it was driven into my head. Then when I became a teacher, I drove that same message home to my students. Here are five free tools that students can use to plan and outline their stories.

Yesterday, Amazon released Storybuilder. Storybuilder is a free service for planning screen plays and other stories. In the testing that I did of it, it was easy to use and could be a great tool for high school and college students. On Storybuilder you can write your stories in a series of virtual sticky notes. Your corkboard can be arranged in columns for each act and scene in your story. If you would like to try some tools that elementary and middle school students can use, take a look the following four options.

Story Map is a free interactive story planning tool from Read Write Think. Story Maps provides four templates for outlining stories. To use the templates students title their stories then choose one of four templates to outline their stories. The four template choices are conflict, setting, character, and resolution. Students can print their completed templates.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has a nice resource for creating storyboards. The ACMI Storyboard Generator provides templates with video directions for creating a storyboard from scratch. Alternatively, students can build a storyboard without using a template at all. Students needing a little inspiration for a story can consult some of the examples showcased under the "themes" tab and view the showcased videos.

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.

Cube Creators provide templates designed to break the writing process into six distinct parts. There are templates for writing biographies, mysteries, short stories, and a blank template that you can customize. Students enter the required information into the online template. When the template is completed, it can be printed with lines for cutting and folding to create an actual cube.