Teacher's Guide


StoryJumper for Teachers is designed to:

  • give teachers an interface to manage and review students' work.
  • provide strong privacy controls over student information.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for her teacher account. Click Sign Up at the top of the page. After entering some basic information, check the box that says "I am a teacher and I want to use StoryJumper in the classroom with my students."

After your account is created follow the guided introduction which helps you:

  • create your first class
  • start the class so your students can login
  • add a student to your class
  • create a practice book so you can get familiar with how to make StoryJumper books

Now it's time to start planning what type of StoryJumper book your students will make.

Step 1: Plan Lesson

StoryJumper can be used for a variety of subjects:

For project ideas, take a look at our Lesson Plans.

Many types of books can be created, such as:

  • All About Me Book. Great way for students (and teachers!) to introduce themselves to each other. See our All About Me Lesson Plan.
  • Narrative Writing. You can customize our Narrative Writing Lesson Plan or StoryStarter Guide.
  • Reflective Journal. Students reflect and write about what they did and learned after completing a school project or field trip. See our Reflective Journal Lesson Plan.
  • ABC's of _______ Book. Cover the basics of any topic in 26 pages, A-Z. Click "Create a Book" and choose this template.
  • Group Book. Each student contributes one or two pages to a group book on poetry, field trip, or other topic.
  • Teach a Topic. Write a book to teach a topic, demonstrating mastery of the subject matter.
  • Diary. To develop empathy, create a diary from the perspective of a historical character or animal.

After students write their books, they can narrate them to practice their reading fluency and pronunciation. Or just to have fun! Adding their voice and special effects adds a personal touch to their creation. They just need to click the Add Voice button when they are editing their book (Chrome browser required). Here's how to narrate your book:

Once you've done some basic planning, finish setting up your class by clicking EDIT CLASS on your class page.

Step 2: Add Students

On the "Edit Class" page above, you can change:

  1. Class Name.
  2. Class Password (temporary) that students will use to access this class the first time.
  3. Are you using Google Classroom? If so, click "Yes" so you can post assignments and students can turn in their StoryJumper books to Google Classroom.
  4. Are your students over 13 years old? If so, click "Yes" so your students can use StoryJumper anytime/anywhere. Also enter each student's email address in the bottom table.
  5. Do you want to allow students to search photos from Pixabay.com? If so, choose "Yes".
  6. Do you want to allow your students to collaborate on their books? If so, choose "Yes".

Add Students

You can let your students create their own accounts by giving them the "join class" link and Class Password shown at the bottom of your "Edit Class" page. Then the student accounts they create will appear in your class. If a student already has a previous StoryJumper account, they can go to the "join class" link to move their existing account into your class.

If school emails are provided by Google, then students can join your class by following the directions above and clicking "Sign in with Google" so they won't have to remember a password.

Alternatively, you can manually add more student accounts by clicking +Add 1 more student or +Add multiple students with a .csv file.

After you click the Save button, you'll be taken to your class page, where you can start your StoryJumper class.

Step 3: Students create their books at school

To help students get started, you'll want to provide StoryJumper directions for your students. So, click Print Login Instructions on the class page.

Your students can follow the login instructions printed in their handouts. The first time students login, they'll enter the Username and temporary Class Password that you provided to them from the "People" tab (see below). 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, you can go to the "People" tab to reset the student's password back to the temporary Class Password.

After your students login, they should click the + Create new book link to start their own book. Then have them watch the introduction video to learn the basics.

If you've taken photos with your phone for students to include in their books, then upload the photos to a shared folder on Dropbox, Google Drive, or other service. Then your students can access the photos when they click "Photos" and then "Upload your photos" on the left side.

Group Books

As a teacher, you can create a "Group Book" where each student contributes certain pages in a collaborative book. You can enter each student's name on the pages they are assigned to, so they'll know which pages to focus on.

Here's how:

  • Each student must have an account before you get started. On your class page, click "People" to ensure everyone's first and last names have been entered. You'll see why below.
  • On your class page, scroll down to "Group Books".
  • Click "Create a group book".
  • After the editor opens, type the name of each student you want to add to the group book. Only students listed in your "People" tab will appear as options.
  • Add the book's title on the front cover.
  • Each student will see the group book on their home page when they login. They just click on the book, click "Edit", and go to the pages that they're assigned to.
  • If you want to add more students to the group book later, "Edit" the book and click "Invite" at the top.

If there's a question about whether a specific student is making changes to the right pages, you can click "Invite" in the editor, click on the student's name, and see which pages they've modified.

Template Books

To help students get started more quickly on their books, offer them a template book they can duplicate and customize.

Here's how to set up a template book:

  • On your "Home" page, click on your class, and click "Students create books" at the top.
  • Scroll down to "My Template Books for Students".
  • Click "Create a template book for students"
  • Pick a blank template or one of the provided templates
  • After the editor opens, add text/props/scenes to various pages to indicate the structure of the book.
  • If you want, add photos and make them props/scenes that students can quickly use.
  • When you're done, click "Save & Exit" at the top.
  • Click "Share" below your template book
  • Scroll down to "Remix" and click "ALLOW REMIXING".
  • Choose which classes should see this book template.
  • Finally, when students in those classes click "Create a book", they will see your book template. After they click it, they will get their own online copy of it that they can customize. Their books will be private, by default.

Step 4: Students work on their books at home (optional)

At this point, students under 13 years old (a "child") can only access StoryJumper at school. Before a child under 13 can use StoryJumper at home, their parent must complete the following 3 steps listed in the permission slip:

  1. Create a "parent" StoryJumper account so they can monitor their child's account
  2. Enter their child's birthday
  3. Sign the permission slip, take a photo of it, and email it to [email protected]

In the "People" tab, the Allowed to use StoryJumper at home? column will say "Yes" for those students whose parents completed the permission slip. These students will gain the following benefits:

  • Log into StoryJumper anytime / anywhere. More time to work on their stories.
  • Share their books with family and friends (with parental approval)
  • Access their stories after the school year ends

This permission slip is needed before a child under 13 can use StoryJumper at home to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) legal requirements. But they don't need the permission slip if they only use StoryJumper at school.

Step 5: Review Student Books

While students are working on their books, you can go to your class page and scroll down to the Review Student Books section to see all of your students' books. You can click on the student books to read, edit, and comment on them.

Before students turn in their assignment, you can ask them to peer review each other’s books. A student can click Invite in the editor to invite another student in their class to collaborate on their book. The invited student will see the author’s book on their home page and can make edits and comments on the book. After the review is completed, the original author can remove the collaborator from their book.

When a student is finished, they can click the FINISHED button below their book on their home page. Then you'll see the Finished label under their book on your "Books" tab.

If you've indicated that you're using Google Classroom, then your students can turn in their StoryJumper book to Google Classroom. They can click on the "Share to Classroom" icon below their book on their home page and then follow the typical steps to turn in a Google Classroom assignment.

Step 6: Share Student Books

Student books are "private" by default. But students want to be able to showcase their work to others and receive feedback. By sharing student books, you can securely allow your students to see each other's work and allow parents see the books, as well. On your class page, scroll down to the Share Student Books section.

The 3 things to do are:

  1. Pick a password that parents will use to unlock the shared books
  2. Set a deadline for parent orders
  3. Pick whether parent orders should be shipped to your school or to parents' homes.

When you click the Share Student Books button, a list of shared books will be created 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. You'll need to click Update list of shared books to include all of the latest books. You can click the red "X" to remove books that shouldn't be shared.

Send home the parent order sheet (as an email or handout) so parents can see the shared student books and order their child's book.

If you choose for the parent orders to be shipped to "My school" (to reduce shipping costs), then once the parent order deadline is reached, you'll get an email asking you to complete the order. Then we'll generate online samples of each of the ordered books for you to review and approve. After you approve the samples, we'll publish the ordered books.

Step 7: Publish Student Books

You have the following options to print your student books that are in a class (highest to lowest quality):

  1. Hardcover Book
  2. Paperback Book
  3. eBook (download and print)
  4. Plain Printing with a watermark (1 time only)

To order hardcover and paperback versions of your student books:

  1. From your class page, scroll down to Buy Student Books.
  2. Pick which book type you want and click the Add to cart (all student books) button. Alternatively, you can click on each student book and click the BUY button.
  3. Remove any unneeded books and click Checkout.
  4. Enter shipping and payment information
  5. If you order more than 15 hardcover/paperback books, you automatically get a 10% discount.

After you order, we'll send you online samples of each book. If any changes are needed, edit the book and we'll generate a new sample for you. When the samples look good to you, approve them, and we'll start publishing your books!

More Resources

For more details for authors, check out the Author's Guide on creating books.

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