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This summer, I had the opportunity to to meet the team from StoryboardThat at ISTE and learn about their new features for this new school year. | Guest Post

Storyboard That is always evolving. Whether it be new content (have you seen the Science or Health teacher guides yet?), new artwork (like all the awesome Norse and Egyptian gods), new features (all scenes are now Smart Scenes and many items have multiple options), we are always trying to make the product more productive for your classroom. There are many new aspects to Storyboard That, but I want to focus on just a few of the many new features in the Storyboard Creator.

Cropping

Storyboard That now has additional cropping capabilities. Standard Crop, the default selection, is the one you know and love. You can crop any Storyboard That character, item, or scene with a rectangle. One of the limitations of the Standard Crop is that you must crop at right angles and in only one orientation. This has made fitting characters or items tricky at times. Luckily, there are two new options that will help out!

Want to put a scene in a speech bubble? Cropping can now be done in a circle or oval. To use this feature, select Circular Crop from the dropdown menu in the crop pop-up box. My favorite use for Circular Crop is in thought or speech bubbles, but is also perfect for picture frames. Your students will likely find many uses for the Circular Crop.

There is one final option for cropping and will make people and objects fit more naturally in scenes. Advanced cropping uses a four-point system. After selecting Advanced Cropping in the dropdown menu, move the four corners anywhere within the crop box. Move the points around until you have what you want! This new feature allows for more natural placement of people and objects around the edges of the cell, but also will allow you to make more complex ideas come through

Advanced cropping: layer the same object with different cropping! The toy store scene has three versions of the toy store stacked on top of each other, but each layer has different parts cropped out. Also, I changed the filter on each one so you can see the difference.

Smart Crowds

We found that a good crowd scene took too long to complete. So, we are introducing Smart Crowds. There are two types of smart crowds: crowds that fit to the cell like scenes, and free form crowds that change size.

You can find the crowds that fit the cell under Scenes > Closeups. Because these act as scenes, the crowds will automatically snap to the layer in the back, but you can change the layer of all of the items characters and scenes at any time. The crowds in Closeups are intended to be a quick way of adding an audience, a group of protestors, two opposing armies, etc. Because they are silhouettes, only the outlines of people show, so if you want a very detailed crowd, you will need individual characters. If you look closely, you can see that the silhouettes are grouped by general time period or age: we have silhouettes of kids, teens, modern adults, the 1900s, 1600s-1800s, and classical era so you can have the appropriate crowd. Be sure to click on “Edit Scene” to choose the mood of the crowd.

There are also stand-alone silhouette groups listed under Characters > Silhouettes. Quickly add crowds or lines of people into your scenes. Some of the groups also have the option to change the number of people in the crowd. Just click on the blue “Image Options” button to see what is available.

Infographics

We are really excited to see how our users use our new infographics! Storyboard That now has simple objects and charts that can be colored. Change the number of objects from one to five, or change how many parts of the chart are colored. Easily create informative posters or charts for mathematics, social studies, and more. These new infographics make any presentation stand out!

Find these infographics under Web & Technology > Infographics

Here is all of Storyboard That’s New

New Subjects for Lesson Plans

  • Health Teacher Guides (https://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/e/health-and-wellness)
  • Science Teacher Guides (https://www.storyboardthat.com/education/lesson-plans-for-stem)
  • French Teacher Guides (https://www.storyboardthat.com/education/lesson-plans-for-teaching-spanish)
  • Illustrated Guides (https://sbt-test.azurewebsites.net/articles/e/illustrated-guides)

New Storyboard Creator Features:

  • Smart Scenes
  • Smart Items
  • New Characters – monsters, gods, stickies
  • Art Pen Filter
  • Silhouette Crowds
  • Cropping Features
  • Emojis
  • Infographics
  • New Faces

New Teacher Dashboard: Just launched and easier than ever to navigate your classroom and students!