FAQs: Sharing Storyworks Activities Digitally With Your Students
We know that in this time with many schools closed and teachers and students working from home, you need digital access to our articles and teaching support materials now more than ever. Here are the answers to many of the questions we’ve been receiving about online access.
Can I send my students articles online?
I use Google Classroom. Can I use that with the website?
Our school doesn’t use Google Classroom. Can I share articles and stories with my students?
How do I find my classroom password?
What can students see when they log on to the site? Can I restrict them to one article or issue?
Great! What about activity sheets? Can students fill those out online and send them back to me?
Yes! There’s a version of the website that’s available for you to easily share with your students. In this Student View, your students can read stories, watch videos, listen to audio, and play Vocabulary Slideshows. (They will not be able to access Skill Builders, quizzes, lesson plans, or answer keys!) Your students just need to log in to the website as a student, using either your classroom password or their Google Classroom or other learning management system account.
All of the Classroom Magazine websites are built to integrate well with Google Classroom. You can sync your classroom roster, easily share articles, and create interactive assignments using our resources. To learn more about how to use the website with Google Classroom, click here.
Once you've integrated with Google Classroom, your students will be able sign in by clicking the "Google Classroom" button after they're prompted to log in. They will not need to enter a classroom password.
Absolutely! Just click the share button on the side of any article and click “Copy Link.” Then you can paste it into whatever system you’re using to share links with students. They’ll need to log in as a student using your classroom password.
Click the silhouette icon on the top right of the screen and go to your dashboard. On the left, you’ll see a box labeled “Student Access.” You can edit the password that’s there if you choose, then share it with your students. This is the code they’ll use to log in to the site.
If you’re using a learning management system like Clever, Canvas, or Google Classroom, we may also be able to set up single-sign on access for your students. Learn more about that here.
In the Student View, students can see articles, watch videos, play vocabulary slideshows, and listen to audio read-alouds. They won’t see teacher resources like answer keys, activity sheets, and lesson plans.
When students log on, they’ll be able to explore whatever interests them in our library of issues from the last several years. If you want to point them to a specific article, make sure to send them directly to that page by going to the article and clicking the share icon on the lefthand side to copy the direct link. When students use that link, they’ll go right to that article without needing to go through the homepage first.
Bonus tip! If an article has multiple Lexile levels, you can assign a specific level to your students by clicking the button for the level first, then clicking the share icon and copying the link. Students can still toggle to different levels if they want, but this way they’ll be directed to the level you choose.
We offer many of our skill-building activities and quizzes as Google Forms. You don’t have to use Google Classroom to use these activities, but you will need access to a Google Drive.
To get started, go to the Resources tab of any article and hover over the activities. You’ll see that many of them have an interactive button, which means they’re available to be assigned through Google Forms. Students will be able to type their responses, and you’ll get a copy as soon as they turn it in. To learn more about how to use these interactive activities, click here.
Some activities – like graphic organizers or charts – aren’t available in Google Forms, but you can still share the PDFs with your students online. Go to any activity and click the share icon, then copy the link. You can paste this link into whatever system you use to share links with students.
Your students can download the PDFs using that link and use a plugin tool to annotate them. Some tools teachers have told us they love to use for this are Kami, Notability, and Doc Hub, but use whatever you prefer! Then students can save their work as a new PDF and email it back to you.
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