Student Engagement and Assessment

with Storyboard That!!

UTC 2019

Madelyn Shedd

Greenville County Schools

BA Furman University

MEd Georgia State University

Link to this presentation so that you can follow along!

  • WHO AM I?
  • Here is a way to use Storyboard That characters and scenes to introduce yourself!

Hello!! My name is Madelyn Shedd. For many years,I have been teaching at Hillcrest Middle School in Greenville County...most recently French I and Beginning French.

This year I am a certified substitute, but I still enjoy sharing what I have learned in presentations!!

Before coming to Hillcrest Middle, I was a teacher of learning disabled students in elementary school and a special education consultant for the district for a while.

Who are you as participants in today’s session?
How can we all collaborate to share ideas on how storyboarding can benefit your classes?

Follow directions and see who else is like you ...or different!

Stand up if you work with…!!

Sit down if…!!


What levels and subjects?


What levels?

Instructional coaches or consultants?

Other educational staff?

Stand up if you work with….!

Our Agenda for This Session:

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  • What is a storyboard?
  • Why do I like StoryboardThat and how have I used it in my classroom with my kids?
  • How could you use this program in your classroom with your kids?
  • How can you sign up for a free trial version of Storyboard That and how do you use it with your students?
  • How can you learn more by exploring Storyboard That…based on what you need for your classes!
  • Summarizer—Questions? “Comments” Concerns!!

How to Get More Information

How to Get Another Free Trial

How to Contact Me Later

Feedback for Me…Please!

Student Engagement and Assessment

with Storyboard That!!

UTC 2019

What is a storyboard and why is it a great tool for student engagement and learning?!

A storyboard is…

  • a graphic organizer that plans a narrative
  • a powerful tool to tell a story, explain a process, show relationships, or show the passage of time

Student Engagement and Assessment

with Storyboard That!!

UTC 2019

What is Storyboard That all about?!

Activating Strategy


What is StoryboardThat

My favorite storyboard program is...


Why I love StoryboardThat

  • It is student-centered!

It facilitates communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

  • It can be used in so many ways!

It can be used in a presentation, as a graphic organizer, as a template for scaffolding, as a creative writing starter, as a student presentational project (both visual and auditory), as a poster, or as a study guide.

  • It is great for differentiated learning!

It can be used for various levels of ability and provides multisensory learning.

  • It will work with many different standards in a variety of content areas and is engaging for various age groups!
  • Kids love it!!!

How I have used Storyboard That with my kids

Here are a few ways students have used StoryboardThat for project based learning:

  • In my Language Arts/Literature classes
  • Presentational project about The Diary of Anne Frank in which students had to illustrate what they thought was the most interesting or important dialogue in the play. EXAMPLES
  • Assignments about characterization, plot, and cause and effect with novels, such as The Hunger Games and The Outsiders.
  • In my French I high school unit 8th grade classes
  • Home Sweet Home unit—description of family, house, rooms, furniture, and household chores and activities in the student’s own home EXAMPLES
  • My Friends and I Unit—description of self and a friend EXAMPLES
  • In my Beginning French classes for 6th and 7th grades
  • All About Me unit—presentation of name, age, birthday, where they live, physical and personality traits, and likes and dislikes in French EXAMPLES
  • Let’s Get Started unit—conversations showing greeting and meeting on first day of school EXAMPLES

Examples in pdf format are available to view through the link below.

How you could use this program in your classroom with your kids


  • Frayer Models and Spider Maps for Meaning
  • Student-Designed Study Guides

Literary Elements

Character Maps

Plot Diagrams


Cause and Effect T-Charts

Historical Events or Concepts

  • Timeline of Events
  • Traditional Cells to Visualize Concepts or Events
  • Cause and Effect T-Charts

Math Concepts

  • Grids for Skill Study Guides
  • Traditional Cells to Visualize Word Problems

Scientific Concepts/ STEM

  • Cause and Effect T-Charts
  • Timeline for Experiment
  • Spider Map to Explain or Categorize Information

World Languages and ESOL

  • Traditional Cells to Visualize Dialogues
  • Study Guides for New Expressions or

Grammar Skills using Grids or T-Charts

  • Template to Stimulate Interpersonal Speaking

Behavior or Social Skills

  • Personalized Positive Behavior or Goals Chart
  • Personalized Stories to Help with Special Needs

Storyboard and Cell Layouts

Here are the storyboard layouts:

Here are the cell layouts:

  • Cell only
  • Title and Cell
  • Cell and description
  • Title, cell, and description
  • Traditional Storyboard
  • T-Chart
  • Grid
  • Frayer Model
  • Spider Map
  • Timeline
  • Cinematic
  • Cycle
  • Chart

Examples are shown on the next slide and are also available on the website.

Storyboard and Cell Layouts

What are some uses you could imagine for your students?

  • Questions you have right now
  • Ideas for your classroom



Signing Up for a Free Trial Version and
Exploring StoryboardThat



Sign up for Your Free Trial Version of StoryboardThat!

Go to

Be sure to click on “For Teachers” and “Start My Free Trial”.

Try creating your own storyboard and explore the teacher guides, lesson plans, and dashboard options.

Sign up for your trial version!

Create a storyboard!

Watch this introductory video explaining how to use StoryboardThat

to create awesome storyboards!

I use this video as an activator and instructional video for my students as well.

How to use Storyboard That
in your classroom

  • How to sign up your students
  • How to manage your students, classes, and assignments
  • How to save and assess your students’ work
  • How students can share and present their work

After you have signed up for your account, how can you sign up your students and manage their assignments?

How to Set Up the Assignment

You Plan to Use

  • Look at your Dashboard and decide how you want to organize it. I have often just created an assignment and included which class and period it is on the assignment label, rather than creating a class and then an assignment. You can decide how you would like to do that.

Example: AllAboutMeQ3P4 (All About Me Quarter 3 Period 4)

  • Determine what your expectations are for the assignment, create a pre-planning document or activity for students to use before they start the program, create a rubric for grading, and determine a time plan for completion.
  • I suggest putting the assignment on Google Classroom so that you can have them add it there and they will have a copy on their drive. It is also easier to grade there and see who has completed it.

How to Sign Up Your Students

  • I give out an assignment description with requirements, either printed or posted in Google Classroom as an assignment.
  • I give out, or post, a pre-planning document or activity to facilitate planning for students.

For some assignments or certain students, I use a template for scaffolding. They have to complete the planning work and turn it in first for me to assess and help them make corrections if needed. I give back the corrected templates with comments. Students will be able to use them to help with their presentations.

  • I give out, or post, a small sheet with the information on how to sign up for my particular class on It has the website URL and also the key code for my class. These sheets are available on your dashboard for printing or downloading.
  • I show the short video “Getting Started with Storyboard That” on how to use the program to create a storyboard. It is available here on this presentation, but you can also get it through the program or on You Tube if you Google StoryboardThat.

Example of Sign-Up For Students

You can sign up for my class to see what it is like for a student to join your class on Storyboard That!

1. Go to:

2. Use this information:

Teacher: mshedd

Access code: voice33

3. Use this assignment: UTC19Class

Try out making your own Storyboard!!

  • Try making a 3-frame storyboard or choose a different design.
  • Try saving and recording your voice.
  • When you finish with your storyboard, you can look over the next few slides on how to manage your classes.

How to Manage Students, Classes, and Assignments

  • You can just go to the website dashboard and click on Manage Students, Manage Classes, or Manage Assignments depending on what you want to use.

  • Be sure that the students’ storyboards are in the correct assignment folder. Sometimes I have had to instruct them how to change it or I have moved it myself. You can watch what they are doing if they signed up correctly and put their work in the right assignment.

How to Assess Students’ Work

How I assess my students:

  • I use the rubric and assignment description with requirements in my assessment, either in a printed format or sent to them in Google Classroom. I can also put comments or grades under “Comments” in the storyboard program.

2. For assignments where I use a planning template, I assess and make suggestions if needed before they start their storyboard. In that way, students can be sure that the expressions they want to use are accurate on their finished storyboards. Assessment can be done on paper versions or within Google Classroom.

How to Save Students’ Work

How students can turn in their work:

  • Most of the time, I have students copy the link for their storyboard and submit it on Google Classroom. That way they have their own copy in Classroom and it is automatically a part of their Drive.

  • Sometimes students just turn in their work within StoryboardThat in an Assignment” folder I have set up. I can see their storyboards and can either print them or save in that folder or in my own account.

  • Students can also export a storyboard as a Power Point, save in their Google Drive, and convert to a Google Slide. It can then be shared in their Drive with others or turned in on Google Classroom.

How Students Can Share and Present Their Work

How students can share their work:

1.Students can present their storyboards on the Promethean Board right from the program or from Google Classroom. They can also change their settings to share on Drive with other users in their class.

2. Students can export a storyboard as a Power Point, save in their Google Drive, and convert to a Google Slide. It can then be shared in their Drive with others or turned in and shared using Google Classroom.


  • Questions ?

Comments “”

Concerns !!

  • How to Get More Information
  • How to Get Another Free Trial when School Starts
  • How to Contact Me
  • Feedback for Me…Please!

Follow directions on the next slide!

Madelyn Shedd

Greenville County Schools

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