In Educa, writing a story is the main way to document and share learning. When "published," stories are automatically added to the child's portfolio and immediately shared with parents. Parents can then comment, parent engagement with one click! Other teachers can also comment.
A story can be any kind of update, from a few words over even just a photo to a full learning story.
Starting a Story:
1: Click Children in the top menu.
2a: Then, click the orange Create Story link for the child you would like to write an individual story for. (In this example, Jessie Smith)
2b: You can also access the Create Story button on the child's Profile page. The orange Create Story link is in the left-hand menu.
Clicking Create Story will bring you to a page where you can create a story for the child.
To write an individual story:
In the story, you can add a Title, choose the Date, and write the story. The (optional) label refers to the fact you can save a draft of the story without adding a title or without adding body to the text, a handy feature when you are in a hurry.
You can also add additional details, select Curriculum, choose if you wish to send an email notification to parents and profile teachers about this story, and/or mark this story as a Day Journal.
Note: Not all Educa sites will have places to write additional details or the same questions you see here. These "reflection box" questions can be changed by your site's Administrators.
To upload items to your story:
You can upload pictures (one or multiple) using Add Photos. Click the orange Finish box when you are done to load your photos into your story. Once uploaded, adjust them using the Image Editor in the Text Editor tool box. There are also a 1, 2 and 3 images in a row image arranger shortcuts in the Text Editor tool box.
To Publish or Save as a Draft:
When you are finished , click Publish to:
1/ Save the story in the child's portfolios, and
2/ Send it to parents.
Click the Draft button to save your work and continue later. You can see your "Draft Stories" in the left-hand menu.
Note: If your site has Story Approval turned on, and your stories need to be approved, you will see a button which says Submit for Approval instead of Publish. This will send your story to the head teacher or whoever (could be more than one person) is set up to review your stories. That person can approve and "publish" your story, or send it back to you with comments, called "rework."
Collaboration with Peers
In addition to story approval, teachers can comment on the stories written by other teachers using the Comment section. These comments are seen by everyone connected to the child, teachers and parents.
If class privacy is turned off, all teachers can see all stories. If class privacy is turned on, teachers can see stories their profile children and children in their class and have the ability to comment or edit.