Advice and answers from the Storypark Team

To use the app, you will need to be an educator and already have a Storypark account. Teachers can find out how to sign up, here.

The iOS app is a simplified version of the Storypark you use on your computer, and works best on smaller screens such as iPhones and iPod Touches. It's designed to let you record and view stories quickly and on-the-go. It lets you:

  1. Sign in.
  2. View your latest activity.
  3. View a story, its author and its comments.
  4. View your draft stories.
  5. View and respond to conversations, community posts, child notes.
  6. Record photos and videos.
  7. Create a story (select and add children from an early learning service or a room, add learning tags, record or attach photos and videos, and publish or save as a draft)
  8. Create conversations.
  9. Record audio comments (great for adding a child's voice to their own story).
  10. Add text comments (your own, or a child's).
  11. Add audio comments (your own, or a child's).
  12. Log out.

If you'd like to use the full functionality of Storypark on your mobile device (eg. adding and managing children, teachers and family members, managing learning tags and sets, writing community posts and children's notes, creating reports, etc.) you can do so by opening and signing into Storypark in your phone's mobile browser (eg. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

This article is about using the Storypark iOS app.

 

Log in

To log in, open the iOS app and enter the email address and password you chose when you signed up.

You'll be taken to your home screen showing your 'Latest activity'.

 

View stories

Your home screen shows all of the latest activity that has been happening within your Storypark community.

 

You can tap the left-hand icon with the three lines in the blue bar at the top to:

  1. Access your stories.
  2. Access your conversations
  3. Access the draft stories you've started on your iOS device.
  4. Change your notifications settings.
  5. Log out.


You can tap the right-hand icon with the '+' symbol in the blue bar at the top to create a new story.
 

Create a story

1. Tap the '+' symbol in the blue bar at the top of the screen.

2. You'll be taken to the story editor.

4. Here you can write your story and give it an optional heading.

5. Add the child or children in the story by tapping 'Select child' at the bottom of the screen, and selecting one or more children.

6. When you're finished, tap 'Done'. The children's names will appear in a grey box beneath the story.

7. Add a learning tag by tapping the tag icon at the bottom right of the screen. You'll be shown a list of all your tags.

8. Select one or more tags, and they'll appear in boxes beneath the story.

9. Add a photo or video by tapping the camera icon at the bottom right of the screen. You'll be asked if you want to take a photo (or video) or select an existing photo (or video).

10. If you select 'Take photo', your camera app will open. Take a photo or video, then choose whether to 'Retake' or 'Use photo'.

11. If you select 'Choose existing photo', you'll see all the photos and videos that are already on your iOS device. Select one or more, tap 'Done', and when the photos or videos have finished attaching their thumbnails will be shown beneath the story.

12. When you've finished your story, it should look something like this:

13. To publish your story, tap 'Publish'.

14. To save your story as a draft, tap 'Cancel' and then 'Save to drafts'.

 

Comment on a story

You can comment on any story yourself, or on behalf of a child. You can comment using text, or audio. This screenshot shows the four types of comments:

 

Add a text comment

1. Tap on the story you'd like to make a comment on.

2. Tap in the comment box beneath the story.

3. Type your comment and tap 'Post'.

 

Add a text comment on behalf of a child

It is important to revisit stories with children, and helping a child to actively comment on their own stories is a great way to involve them. You may want to write something the child has already said to you about this story, or you may want to dictate what a child is saying to you at that moment.

1. Tap on the story the child will be commenting on.

2. Tap in the comment box beneath the story.

3. Tap your profile picture beneath the comment field.

4. Select the child you're making the comment on behalf of, and tap 'Done'.

5. Type the child's comment and tap 'Post'.

 

Add an audio comment

1. Tap on the story you'd like to make a comment on.

2. Tap the microphone symbol next to 'Add comment...' and recording will begin immediately.

3. When you've finished recording your audio comment, tap 'Done'.

4. If you wish to start again, simply tap the red 'x' next to your recording to delete it.

5. If you're happy with your recording, tap 'Post'.

 

Add a child's voice (an audio comment from the child's perspective)

1. Tap on the story the child will be commenting on.

2. Tap the microphone symbol next to 'Add comment...' and recording will begin immediately.

3. When the child has finished recording their audio comment, tap 'Done'.

4. Tap on your profile picture beneath the comment field.

5. Select the child who's making the comment and tap 'Done'.

6. If you wish to start again, simply tap the red 'x' next to your recording to delete it.

7. If you and the child are happy with the recording, tap 'Post'.

 

Deleting comments

You can delete any comments you or a child makes by taping the 'x' to the right of each comment.

 

Drafts

Tap the left-hand icon with the three lines in the blue bar at the top, select 'Drafts', and you'll see a list of all the draft stories you've started on your iOS device. Select any draft to take you to the half-finished story where you then can edit, delete or publish it.

 

Log out

Tap the left-hand icon with the three lines in the blue bar at the top, and select 'Log out'.

 

If you are a parent or family member, you can find out about the Storypark for Families app, here.

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