A storyboard is a writing format, generally a set of boxes, rectangles, circles, or other shapes placed in a logically sequenced order. Each box or frame is a place for the writer to put information, pictures, symbols, or text.
When writers in various fields want to make ideas easily understood, they choose a storyboard format. Storyboards are widely used because we know pictures combined with text offer a rich synthesis of information that can entertain and inform.
"Physics classes use them to visualize different theories about everything from the Big Bang to the trajectory of a catapult. History teachers storyboard famous events to help students remember details and place them on a timeline. And they’re fantastic for any subject that requires students to memorize step-by-step processes or visualize highly conceptual ideas, such as life science or computer technology.
Any writer or teacher of writing will also tell you that storyboarding can be a great help in writing a paper, doing an oral presentation, or outlining a story. Instead of writing only words on index cards, students can also incorporate drawings to help them see what the moment is about. When they are working on crafting the “narrative,” they can shuffle the images around as needed to see if they work better in other areas. Even younger kids can do a version of this by listening to a story and then drawing a few storyboards of the main events in order to summarize it.
From a practical point of view, teaching with storyboards can help instructors to quickly convey complex ideas to their students – often much faster than writing or even speaking. They can also help to remove barriers that might exist in schools where English may not be the primary language spoken by some students.
By engaging students to make their own storyboards and then utilizing technology to bring them to life, many classrooms are teaching students digital storytelling skills that are likely to become increasingly important over time." Andrianes Pinantoan, Using Storyboards in Education