Welcome to the final module for this project! This week, we’ll be learning about making digital books and comic books.
Free for basic accounts, pricing available for a group of educational accounts with a 14-day trial.
Students can create storyboards for their creative writing projects or any sort of writing or presentations. Or, they can use Storyboard That as a stand-alone storytelling tool.
- Watch this basic video introduction to Storyboard That.
- Read about Storyboard That on Freetech4teachers.
- Peruse Storyboard That’s lesson plans here. You can also see sample storyboards there.
- Register for a Storyboard That account here. Remember, basic individual accounts are free. Student accounts could be created using dummy email accounts, or students could register for individual accounts using their own email addresses.
- Finished storyboards can be shared via email, embedded on a blog, downloaded to a computer, or printed.
- Check out some of these examples:
Make 2, 3, or 4-panel comic strips using a variety of characters and backgrounds. You do not need an account to create a strip, but you have limited options for sharing and saving comics, unlike websites where you must create an account.
- View the demo/tutorial on how to use the site.
- Read through 21 Ways to Use Makebeliefscomix.com in the Classroom
- Browse lesson plans and writing prompts
- Read through the Common Sense Media review of the site.
- Visit Make Beliefs Comix and click on the Enter Here button. Then create your own comic strip. Strips can either be printed or emailed.
Create digital 3D pop-up books! A free, basic account allows you to create 10 books, upload your own images for backgrounds and characters, and write 10-page stories. Paid accounts, starting at $10/month, allow for more books and pages, as well as student accounts that you can manage.
- Read through the About Zooburst page
- Watch this six-minute Zooburst video tutorial
- Flip through some of these sample pop-up books. Remember to click on the exclamation point above a character to see their dialogue.
- Create a free Zooburst account here and try your hand at making a pop-up book. Use the included clip art to write a brief story of your choice.
StoryBird is a lovely website that allows you to make art-inspired picture books. Teachers can create a free account for up to 35 students in one “class,” which allows for unlimited stories, managed assignments, and sharing features. There are paid accounts also. Storybirds can be printed as books for a fee.
- Watch “Super Storytelling with Storybird” and/or “Storybird Quick Tour“
- Read through the Teachers page
- Browse through preschool, kid, and tween storybirds
- Read this comprehensive article about Storybird. Be sure to check out the two examples and the “What’s Your Storybird” slides.
- Sign up for a free educator account and practice creating a brief story. Once you’ve registered, select some art that you like and click “use this art.” Then Storybird will walk you through the process of creating your own story.