Teacher's Guide

Overview

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

We've made it easy for you to discover great writing projects here!

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: Set up your class, students, and teachers

Click Edit Class so you can choose the following class settings:

  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. Each student's email address must also be included in the "Add Students" 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

Click the "People" tab and click + Add Students to see the add students options:
1. If you've indicated that you're using Google Classroom, you can import your Google Classroom students.
2. You can let your students create their own accounts by giving them the "join class" link and Class Password. The student accounts they create will appear in your class. If your school email accounts are provided by Google, then students can join your class by going to the "join class" link, entering the Class Password, and clicking "Sign in with Google" so they won't have to remember another password. If a student already has an existing StoryJumper account, they can go to the "join class" link to move their existing account into your class.
3. Finally, you can manually add more student accounts by clicking Add 1 student or Add multiple students (.csv file).

Add Teachers

Click the "People" tab and click + Add Teachers to add other teachers to your class. After those teachers accept your invitations, they can review students books and help manage the class.

Step 3: Students login and create their books

To help students get started, you'll want to provide StoryJumper directions for your students. So, click Print Handouts for Students on the class page, in the "To Do" tab.


Students Login

Your students can follow the login instructions printed in their handouts.

If they have school Google accounts, they can use them to log into StoryJumper.

But if you picked usernames for your students, the first time they login, they'll enter the Username and temporary Class Password indicated in their handout. Then they'll 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 (see below).



Use StoryJumper anywhere

With our latest Terms of Service for Educational Accounts, students of any age can work on their StoryJumper books at home without needing a permission slip.

Students will be given the opportunity to "Transition to an Independent Account" so they can gain the following benefits:

  • Own and control the content in the books they create
  • Get email help from StoryJumper that's not blocked by school email filters
  • Video chat with collaborators (outside of school)
  • Share their books publicly
  • Create personal books

Create books

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 "Books".
  • Click "+ Create Template Book"
  • 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: 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 5: 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.

When you click the Share Student Books button, we'll display the sharing instructions. The student books will become shareable, but no one can access them until you give them a secure link. If parents choose to order their child's book, it'll be delivered directly to their home.

Step 6: Publish Student Books

You have the following options to order your student books that are in a class:

  1. Hardcover Book
  2. Paperback Book
  3. eBook (download and print)
  4. Audio Book (download)

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.

Contact StoryJumper

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