Storyboards use images and written instructions to plan your online story, course, sequence of events or whatever project you’re working on. Essentially a storyboard looks like a comic strip of your plan and can be incredibly simple to put together. It’s easy and fun to make a step by step layout of your story.
Some people can work solely off written words but most people work best from a combination of writing and images. Trust me, it is a lot easier to see what’s going on when you can visualise events.
Creating a story brings together different ways of learning. By sharing our knowledge with others we are also reinforcing that knowledge to ourselves. Using images and linking things into a sequence of events triggers different ways of learning and becomes a fuller learning experience. This works for adults as well as children. Gone are the days of reading, writing and arithmetic!
Storyboarding can be a great way to work alongside others to make sure that everyone has a shared vision of the project. By having a step by step visual plan every person involved, whatever their role may be, can see exactly what the finished product will look like and contribute suggestions.
Storyboarding helps highlight any holes you may have in your plan. It is much easier to change something using an online storyboard than on a written finished product. Storyboarding your plan is a logical step in creating visual learning.
You can also visualise the whole story and even mix it up. Why have everything linear? Once you put it together you can mix up how things fit together, have a bit of fun and play around. Have a play with using a storyboard for digital storytelling.
How to make a Storyboard
Of course you can hand draw a storyboard and many start off like this, however it is much easier to use a digital tool that can easily be deleted and used again. There are a few good tools you can use to storyboard your project. A tool that I have played around with quite a bit is Storyboard That.
Storyboard That is simple to use and you don’t need any complicated instructions or directions. You can use the free storyboard but it is quite cheap to sign up for the full version. If you want to make you storyboard for planning purposes you can add plenty of instructions and different wireframes.
Here’s a storyboard I made which is telling a nice little story (no complicated planning on this one) about a jungle trek I went on a few years ago (also featured at the top of this post).
Any hot tips for storyboarding? Do you have a favourite tool you can share with us? Leave a comment below.