Product Review: Storyboard That

9/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

by David Kapuler

Product: Storyboard That Classroom Edition [http://www.storyboardthat.com/education/learn-more-about-classroom-portals]

Clever Prototypes, LLC

Retail Price:  Starts at $5.95/month

Storyboard That is an online resource for creating storyboards.

Quality and Effectiveness
Storyboard That can be used for digital storytelling, guided learning, and even for assessing student’s learning on a given topic. It has an educational portal that is COPPA compliant and allows for educators to manage and track student accounts.

Ease of Use
Storyboard That is simple to use with a drag-n-drop interface. Built in HTML 5, it works on any mobile device such as an iPad or Chromebook. There are lots of sharing/exporting options that make it easy for teachers to share a storyboard, turn it into a PDF (for printing), create a template, and even download as PPT. Finally, there are lots of materials to help educators integrate Storyboard That into their classroom, such as: wizards, widgets, and in-depth teacher guides and lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards.

Creative Use of Technology
While some sites allow a user to create a storyboard, Storyboard That takes it to the next level with thousands of high-quality custom artwork and by allowing users to turn their storyboards into slideshows with the click of a button. Also, a student can record their voice to narrate their digital stories and educators can use it for Guided Learning or “Flipping” a lesson.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment
Storyboard That is perfect for a school setting as it is COPPA compliant, has an educational portal for educators to manage students, and an abundance of resources for educators. These innovative lesson plans/teacher guides include: character maps, plot diagrams, Q/A, classroom activities, and much more.

Top features:

  • Teacher Guides/Lesson Plans – an abundance of resources for educators
  • Slideshows – a storyboard can be turned into a narrated slideshow with the click of a button
  • COPPA compliant – safe for education with educational portal for teachers

 
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.

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