The StoryJumper Classroom Edition is designed to:
Let's follow a hypothetical set up for Sara Smith, a teacher at Woodrow Wilson school.
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 on the "Set Up Your Classroom" link.
Sara (the teacher) is on the "Edit your class" page (shown below).
Sara needs to enter:
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).
Sara (the teacher) wants to create a sample book to get a feel for how books are created on StoryJumper. So, she clicks on the StoryJumper logo in the upper left corner to get to her home page. She then clicks on the gray My books link at the top of the page. She reviews the StoryCreator Tutorial 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 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 Edit 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.
Before her first class, Sara wants to provide StoryJumper directions for her students. So, she clicks the
Print All Handouts button 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. 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 on the Tutorial link so they can learn the basics. Then the students click on 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.
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:
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:
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.
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 creating 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.
Sara has the following options to print her classroom's books (highest to lowest quality):
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).
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