The StoryJumper Classroom Edition is designed to:
- give teachers an interface to manage and review students' work.
- provide strong privacy controls over student information.
Let's follow a hypothetical set up for Sara Smith, a teacher at Woodrow Wilson school.
Step 1: Sign up for a Teacher Account
The first thing Sara needs to do is sign up for her teacher account. She checks the box that says "I am a teacher and I want to use StoryJumper in the classroom with my students."
Once her account is setup, Sara clicks the +Create new class button.
Step 2: Create/Edit a Class
Sara (the teacher) is on the "Edit your class" page (shown below).
Sara needs to enter:
- A Class Name.
- A Temporary Password that all her students will use to access the class the first time.
- The Duration of her class (this is for security purposes, explained below).
- The First and Last name for each student.
- To save time, a unique Username is automatically generated for each student with an easy to remember adjective-animal-number combination. If Sara wants to change these, she can just change them to whatever she prefers.
Sara adds more students by clicking the +Add button at the bottom of the screen.
After Sara clicks the Save button, she'll be taken to her classroom's dashboard (shown below).
Step 3: Plan Your Lesson
Sara (the teacher) wants to create a sample book to get a feel for how books are created on StoryJumper. So, she clicks "Home" in the upper left corner to get to her home page. She reviews the Hands-on Tutorial for Authors for step-by-step instructions on how to create a book.
Sara can also start a story and allow each of her students to create their own versions of the rest of the story. Or she could write an entire story and have her students "remix" it, just like musicians remix songs. To do so, she clicks on her book from the home page, clicks the Share button below her book, scrolls down to the "Remix" section, and clicks the Allow button. Then she shares the link in the "Share with family and friends" section with her students. After they go to that link, they click on the Remix button and they can start remixing her story!
Now that she's familiar with creating books, she creates her lesson plan, borrowing relevant teacher tips from the StoryStarter Guide.
Step 4: Print Handouts & Start a Class
Before her first class, Sara wants to provide StoryJumper directions for her students. So, she clicks the Print Handouts link on the class dashboard. There will be 2 pages per student: 1 page for using StoryJumper at school and 1 page permission slip for using StoryJumper at home. Students can immediately use StoryJumper at school. However, before a child can use StoryJumper at home, their parent must complete all the approval steps listed in the permission slip. You can see which students' parents have completed their approval because the student's "Home Access" column in your dashboard will say "Yes".
Why is a permission slip needed before a student can use StoryJumper at home? This is needed to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) legal requirements. Because a child could theoretically enter personally identifiable information into a blank book (their name, the name of a relative, the city they live in, etc...), a parent must provide "verifiable parental consent" and a signed permission slip meets this legal requirement.
To begin a class, Sara clicks the Start button. Now class is in session and her students follow the instructions printed on their handouts to access the class. The first time students access the class, they'll enter the class ID, Username, and Temporary Password that you provide to them. Then they will be asked to pick their own secret password that they will use from now on. If a student forgets their own secret password in the future, Sara can go to the class dashboard to 'Reset' the student's password back to the Temporary Password.
After her students login, Sara asks them to click the Hands-on Tutorial for Authors link so they can learn the basics. Then the students click the + Create Book link to start their own book. She reminds them to click the Save button periodically to save their work.
Sara's class will run for 1 hour and 30 minutes, as configured in the "Duration" field for her class. She can change this at any time by clicking the Edit button and adjusting the desired class length. With the duration set to 1 hour and 30 minutes, Sara can either let the class eventually expire, or if desired, click the Stop button and end early. In either case, when the class ends, the system will automatically log out all the students. Students will not be able to access their work at school again until the class is started again by Sara.
Why is there a class duration? StoryJumper wants to ensure a student's privacy is maintained at all times. Setting class duration significantly decreases the chance that students in a shared computing environment (e.g. computer lab) accidentally or intentionally access other students' accounts.
Step 5: Email Home Access directions to Parents
At this point, students can only access StoryJumper at school when Sara (the teacher) "starts" a class. But it is important for their parents to approve Home Access to unlock the following powers for their child:
- Use StoryJumper anytime, anywhere. More time to work on their stories at home.
- Share their books with family and friends (with parental approval)
- Comment on other people's books
- Keep their stories after the school year ends (otherwise, students who don't have Home Access can't access their stories after school ends)
So, Sara clicks on the icon for each student and emails Home Access instructions to each parent. Each email contains a different, secret code for each student. Each parent will then complete the following approval process:
- Parent creates their own StoryJumper account, allowing them to monitor their child's account.
- Enter their child's birthday
- If their child is under 13 years old, the parent needs to provide their consent to be compliant with the Child Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) laws. They will print out the permission slip, sign it, and then email StoryJumper a photo of the signed form.
Step 6: Review Students' Books
After her students have worked on their stories, Sara can scroll down the class dashboard page to see all of her students' books. Then she can read, edit, and comment on each of them.
Step 7: Share Class Collection
Student books are "private" by default. But Sara's students want to be able to showcase their work to others and receive supportive feedback. By sharing a "class collection", Sara can securely allow her students to see each other's work and allow other trusted people to see the books, as well. From her class dashboard, she scrolls down to:
Sara picks a password and then clicks the blue button to create the class collection.
At this point, all of the class books have been added to the class collection.
To remove certain books from the shared collection, she clicks on the Edit Collection button and clicks the red "X" next to the books that don't belong in the collection.
Now the collection is ready. So, Sara shares the displayed instructions with others so they can see the class collection.
Step 8: Print Students' Books
Sara has the following options to print her classroom's books (highest to lowest quality):
- Hardcover Book
- Paperback Book
- Digital Download (Color & Unlimited)
- Plain Printing with a watermark
Sara wants to order hardcover and paperback versions of her students' books.
Fortunately, StoryJumper offers volume ordering of class books (10% discount for 15+ books).
- From her class dashboard, she clicks on each student's book and then clicks on the Buy button. She chooses which book type she wants by clicking the +Add to cart button.
- When she's ready to submit her order, she clicks the shopping cart icon at the top of the page. She sees an inventory of all book titles and the number of copies in her order.
- She enters shipping and payment information in the subsequent checkout screens.
- Since she orders more than 15 books, she automatically gets a 10% discount.
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