Advice and answers from the Storypark Team

To learn more about learning stories, click here.

Watch the video below to learn how to create your own stories.


Create a story

To create a story, click the 'Create story' button at the top of the page.

You'll be taken to a story editor where you can add and edit text, images, PDFs and videos, and make links to your curriculum or learning outcomes with learning tags. You can choose the story date, and select the child or children who appear in the story. You can then publish or save the story to your drafts.

When you first enter the story editor you'll see an image explaining how to get started and how to move your content around.


Title

In the ‘Title’ field, you can type a title, or not – it’s up to you.


Story date

By default, the date will show the date you started the story. If you just started the story it will show today’s date. If you’ve gone back to one of your draft stories it will show the date you started it.

You can either leave the date as it is, or click it to select a new date from the drop-down calendar.


Story editor

This is the heart of Storypark where you can write a story, change fonts, styles, colours and sizes of text, add images, videos or PDFs, crop and rotate images, and reorder the content in the story.

A story can be text only, files only, or a combination of both.

Text, images, videos and PDFs are treated as individual blocks of content that you can move around by dragging them.


Add text

In the story editor, click the small plus symbol to the left and select 'Text'.

The text editor will open, where you can begin writing. You can change fonts, styles, colours and sizes of your text. Learn more, here.

When you're finished, click 'Done'. Nice work, you've just add a block of text!

You can add a single block of text, or if you want to have images throughout your story you can have a block of text between each image.

You can move these blocks of text around in your story by simply clicking and dragging them.


Add images, videos or PDFs

Read more about adding files in the 'Uploading images and videos' General section of our help centre.

In the story editor, click the small plus symbol to the left and choose what type of file you'd like to upload.

Once you've clicked one of the icons a drop-down window will appear showing the files on your computer.

Quick tip: it’s a good idea to keep the files you want to add to Storypark in one place so they’re easy to find.

Find the file or files you wish to add. Select one or multiple files, and then click the ‘Open’ button. The file/s will appear in your story. If it's a large file you'll see a blue loading bar at the bottom of the image, and a progress percentage at the top of the page as it loads. This will disappear once it's loaded.

You can move images, videos and PDFs around in your story by simply clicking and dragging them.

Images

Images in stories are rectangular (4x3 ratio) by default. This means that when you upload an image the Storypark editor crops it to the 4x3 ratio.

If you'd like your image to retain it's original height and width ratio, or you wish to rotate your image you can learn how, here.

Videos

You can upload videos in the same way you upload images. Because videos tend to have large file sizes they may take a while to upload to your story. However you can carry on with your story while you wait.

Learn more about uploading videos in the 'Uploading images and videos' General section of our help centre.

PDFs

You can upload PDFs in the same way you upload images. When you upload a multi-page PDF, it will appear as one long image with every page displaying. If your PDF has a large file size you can carry on with your story while you wait for it to upload.


Add children

Stories are connected to the children that appear in them so you must select at least one child before you can publish a story.

Note: If you’d like to share something with your Storypark community that is not connected to a child you can use the ‘Community’ area.

Teachers also have the option to choose children from their entire early learning service, or just from a 'room'. Teachers can also save stories for their teacher portfolios by selecting themselves instead of a child. Teachers can learn how, here.

To the right of the editor you'll see a red panel that says 'Select who's in this story'. Click this to see a list of children. In the drop-down menu above the list of children you'll be able to select groups of children.

Family members will only see one option: 'My Family'.

Teachers will see the name of their centre, any rooms they've set up, their teacher portfolio 'My Portfolio', and if they also use Storypark for their own children, 'My Family'.

Using this drop-down, choose the group, and then when you see the children displayed select those in the story by clicking them.

Individual stories

If you’re creating a story about an individual, find and click on the child in question, then click 'Done'.

Group stories

If you’re creating a group story, find and click on all children who appear in the story. If it’s a story about all children at your early learning service, click ‘Select all’. Then click 'Done'.

Back in the story editor, the children's profile images will be displayed in the panel. Now, when you publish the story, it will show up in the profiles of all children who you selected.

See this article for more information and screenshots.


Add
learning tags

Adding tags to your stories lets you ‘tag’ your learning outcomes or curriculum (eg. Te Whāriki, Early Years, International Baccalaureate etc), and lets you group and filter published stories by tag.

To the right of the story editor and beneath the child selector there is a panel with two sections. The top section, 'Learning tags' displays all learning tags that are added to the story. The bottom section displays all learning tags that your early learning service has set up within your ‘Learning Sets’ page.

Note: Learning sets are simply a collection of learning tags, organised within folders. This article explains how to set up your learning sets and this article explains how to manage them.

Existing tags

If you click any tags within this bottom section, you’ll see them appear under 'Learning tags’. These are the learning tags that will appear when this story is published. If you make a mistake you can simply remove the tag from the story by clicking the ‘x’ to the right of it.

You can choose to use learning tags from any learning sets you've set up. By default you're shown all learning tags but if you click the drop-down menu you'll be able to choose which set of tags you wish to display.

New tags

If you wish to add a new tag that doesn’t appear within any of your sets, click the ‘New tag’ link at the top of the panel. A drop-down box will appear where you can type the tag name and an optional description which people can read if they click on the tag in the published story (this could include your own description or a link to a web page). Teachers will also see a ‘Set/folder’ drop-down menu which is where the new tag will be filed for future use.


Publish your story

When you’ve finished your story and selected the child or children who appear in it, click the ‘Publish’ button. The story will show up in those children’s profiles and those with access will receive an email to let them know a new story has been added.


Save as a draft

If you don't wish to publish your story right now, you can save it as a draft by clicking the 'Save and exit' button. Learn more, here.


Story approval

If story approval is turned on, instead of a 'Publish' button you'll see a 'Submit for approval' button.

In order for an administrator to approve your story, they'll need to click the menu button at the top of the page, select 'Pending stories' from under their name and then select the story to be approved. They'll be taken to the story editor where they can make any changes, or simply 'Publish'.

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