30hands mobile newsletter: How to Storyboard with 30hands Mobile.
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Storyboarding is a way for students and teachers to map out their stories and develop a master plan. It's easy to do and it can make the story flow better.

30hands mobile helps students and teachers develop iterative creativity (tm). The reason we focus on iteration is that it takes learning to a higher level. We all know that a first draft is never the best result of creative efforts. That’s why teachers usually incorporate multiple draft submissions into longer writing assignments. 

Storyboarding Exercise
Storyboarding means putting together a series of picture blocks or word steps to define the flow of the story. It's a rough draft before you are ready to put the details into place. The storyboard forms the skeleton of the story. From this starting point, you can enhance rough drawings or replace them with images, write more extensive words to narrate the story and fill in gaps with more slides as needed. 

Here's an example:

Now, let’s try an easy storyboard exercise. This exercise is to create a digital story based on random photos or images. You can find this exercise in more detail by clicking here. The following page includes random photos and images to use in creating a story. Here is your assignment:
  1. Pick an idea for a story. It could be a topic you want to teach students or a story you want to tell.
  2. Create a new presentation in 30hands Mobile Free or 30hands Mobile Pro.
  3. Add storyboard blocks using "Draw a Slide". Make it simple, like below: 
  4. If you want to build upon a current slide, touch the image and use the "Copy Slide" option. This puts a duplicate copy of the slide to the right of the current slide.
  5. Rearrange the slides on the desktop in the order of your story.
  6. To make the story flow better, add more slides where needed.
  7. Practice recording audio narration over the storyboard slides.
Try this storyboard creation process below:
  1. Create a new Presentation.
  2. Start with a clean slate, and use Draw a Slide to start the process. 

  3. Create a rough draft of your story beginning. 

  4. Create rough drafts for each step of the whole story. 

  5. Find or create better images or drawings and replace the rough storyboard slides with the better images. 

  6. Replace all the storyboard slides, so your project looks like the following. 

  7. Enhance the slides with annotation/drawing. 

  8. Enhance all the slides, so your project looks like the following. 

  9. Record your narration on the final slides while referring to the storyboard slides as needed.
  10. When done, swipe through the storyboard slides and delete them. 

  11. Now, you have a great story made from a storyboard that looks like the following. 

Here's a summary of some tips that may help you:
  • When finished, publish your story to your camera roll or, if you are proud of your accomplishment, publish it to 30hands to show the world!
  • After reviewing your changes, see how you can make each slide and the overall story more concise, faster paced and more interesting. Try some vocal variations and character voices for fun.
  • Revise your story by modifying your script, inserting images, annotating images and rearranging slides.
  • Review the story. If the narration on a single slide is too long, think about how you can break it into multiple slides. This may include inserting additional images or annotating the existing images. Note: If you annotate an image and save it, a copy will be created in the camera roll, so you can use both the original and annotated images.
  • Record your story, one slide at a time.
  • Write a more detailed script for your story on paper or on a computer. Number the parts of the script to correspond to the slides.
  • Touch the slides and use "Replace Image" to select an image or take a photo. If you plan on using a detailed drawing, draw it first as a slide and save it. The drawing will be in your camera roll and can be selected with "Replace Image".
  • Note: While publishing to 30hands, do not exit the app, or the publish process will be disrupted.
We hope you’ve had fun iteratively creating a story from random photos and images. This could be a project to do with your students. Let us know what you think of this project by emailing us at or by commenting on your published video on the 30hands community site. We love feedback!

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A slide from the Duck Adventure Story. Click the record button to add audio narration and bring the story to life, then publish it to the camera roll or to 30hands.
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