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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 Class

Sara (the teacher) is on the "Edit Class" page (see below).

Sara enters:

  1. Class Name.
  2. Temporary Password that all her students will use to access the class the first time.
  3. Duration of her class. After this duration is over, all students will be logged out.
  4. If her students are over 13 years old, she'll click "Yes" next to Are students over 13 years old?. She'll also enter each student's email address in the table. Then her students can use StoryJumper at home without needing a signed permission form.
  5. If she wants her students to be able to search photos from Flickr.com, she'll click "Yes" next to Allow "Search Photos"?
  6. 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 1 more link or Uploading a .csv file with her students' information.

After Sara clicks the Save button, she'll be taken to her class page. She sees the class timer (see below) and clicks the Start button to open her class.

Her students at school can now log into www.storyjumper.com using the usernames and passwords in the Class Roster (see below). Students will see how much time is left on the timer. When the timer counts down to 0:00, they will be automatically logged out for security reasons.

Step 3: Plan the 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, clicks + Make new book, watches the "How To" Video, and makes her own book.

Now that she's familiar with creating books, she creates her lesson plan, borrowing relevant teacher tips from the StoryStarter Guide.

Step 4: Students Create their Books at School

Before her first class, Sara wants to provide StoryJumper directions for her students. So, she clicks the Print Handouts   link on the class page. There will be 2 pages per student: 1 page for using StoryJumper at school and 1 page permission slip for using StoryJumper at home (see Step 5). Students can immediately use StoryJumper at school.

To begin a class, Sara clicks the Start button on her class page. Now the class is open and her students follow the login instructions printed in their handouts (go to www.storyjumper.com and click "Login" at the top). The first time students login, they'll enter the Username and Temporary Password that she provided to them in the handout or from the Class Roster table on her class page. 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 Roster to reset the student's password back to the Temporary Password.

After her students login, they click the + Make new book link to start their own book. They watch the "How To" video to learn the basics.

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 Class 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: Students Work on their Books at Home

At this point, students can only access StoryJumper at school when Sara (the teacher) "starts" a class. Before a child can use StoryJumper at home, their parent must complete the approval steps listed in the permission slip.

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.

You can see which students' parents have completed their approval because in the Class Roster table, the student's Allowed to use StoryJumper at home? column will say "Yes". When parents approve Home Access, they 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 goes to the Class Roster and clicks on the "Click to ask student's parent" link in each row to email Home Access instructions to each parent. Each email contains a different, secret code for each student. Each parent will then complete the following 3 steps:

  1. Parent creates their own StoryJumper account, allowing them to monitor their child's account.
  2. Enter their child's birthday
  3. 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 Student Books

After her students have worked on their stories, Sara can go to her class page and scroll to the Review Student Books section to see all of her students' books. Then she can read, edit, and comment on each of them.

Step 7: Share Student Books

Student books are "private" by default. But Sara's students want to be able to showcase their work to others and receive feedback. By sharing her student books, Sara can securely allow her students to see each other's work and allow parents see the books, as well. On her class page, she scrolls to:

Sara picks a password that parents will use to unlock the shared books. Also, Sara sets a deadline for parent orders and picks whether they should be shipped to her school or directly to parents' homes. When she clicks the orange Share student books + Get parent order sheet button, all the student books will be securely shared and a parent order sheet will be displayed. If more student books are created in the future, they won't be included in the list of shared books. Sara will need to click Update list of shared books to share the latest books. And she can click the red "X" to remove books that shouldn't be shared.

Now the list of shared books is ready. So, Sara sends home the parent order sheet (as an email or handout) so parents can see the shared student books and order their child's book.

Step 8: Buy Student Books

Sara has the following options to print her student books (highest to lowest quality):

  1. Hardcover Book
  2. Paperback Book
  3. Digital Download (Color & Unlimited)
  4. Plain Printing with a watermark

Sara wants to order hardcover and paperback versions of her student books.

  1. From her class page, she scrolls to Buy Student Books.
  2. She picks which book type she wants and clicks the orange Add to cart (all student books) button.
  3. Sara removes any unneeded books and clicks Checkout.
  4. She enters shipping and payment information in the subsequent checkout screens.
  5. Since she orders more than 15 hardcover/paperback books, she automatically gets a 10% discount.

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