Storyboards in their most basic form are a visual organizer of thoughts and a way to tell a story. Storyboarding is a term that is originally borrowed from the field of movie creation in which creators plan out the movie in the form of images frame by frame before filming. Storyboards consist of multiple frames in which the creator draws an image with perhaps a few short words supporting the image. They are intended to be primarily a visual medium. Since their film origins, they have been widely adopted by others outside the field.

Among these adopters are educators. Upon searching storyboards and education, a whole variety of results appear ranging from ways to use storyboards in the classroom to apps such as Storyboard That, an online paid resource also available as an iPad app that offer high-tech ways to put storyboarding into practice.

Storyboarding doesn’t always have to always be high-tech or expensive. Teachers and media specialists can print out a template to share with students as a graphic organizer. One website, Printable Paper, shares many storyboarding templates. Educators can choose between various designs depending on how many frames they would like students to complete and depending on if they want students to write supporting text.


OpenColleges. (2014) Using Storyboards in Education.

Savetz Publishing Inc. (2014) Printable Paper: Storyboards.

Storyboard That. (2014)



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