Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: Storyboard That

With 2016 starting and with a brand new Knowledge Quest released focusing on the topic of Digital Storytelling I decided to focus this month’s AASL Best Websites blog post on the site Storyboard That. This site is a storyboarding tool that offers templates where students can create stories in a boarding format. Storyboard That offers scenes, characters, text bubbles, and much more to fill the storyboard frames. It’s great for stories, comics, idea or team building, planning, visual communication, and so much more.

Storyboard That is a wonderful tool for creating stories or comics in a digital format. The site offers an intuitive, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop format with a multitude of options. From the beginning your students can choose from a variety of characters, scenes, text formats, and frames. Everything is easy to drag in, drop, reposition, and re-size. Your students and library patrons will love the ease of use and the width of selection offered by Storyboard That.

Looking for ways to use Storyboard That? Digital Comics first comes to mind. If you are working on graphic novels and looking for a venue where students can create their own comics this is the place. But Storyboard That is excellent for timelines, stories, group planning, and communications that need a visual element. This is an online tool that can be easily integrated into any subject and used in a wide variety of lessons.

For a brief introduction to Storyboard That see the video below.

Storyboard That offers a free, no registration version with a multitude of options. There is also an educational edition available with a fee offering more selections. Choices at the premium level include longer graphic novel formats, wider character options, more frames, and extensive choices overall.


Author: Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an associate professor at The University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. To see more of Heather’s work visit her website at, email her at, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

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