How do I create my own story start?
First, login to your teacher account and then go to the story starts section.
From the side menu choose ‘Your School’. From here you can view and use story starts created by other teachers at your school. You can also write and manage your own.
Note that when you create a your own story start it is only available to any other teachers registered to the same BoomWriter school account.
Hope this helps!
1. Can I create my own story start, or do I have to use one of BoomWriter's story starts? 2. After students vote and choose a next chapter, can I, as the teacher, write the following chapter? In other words, I want to make it so that I am write every other chapter. The students vote on what happens next. It would be like a choose your own adventure that I am in charge of.
1. Yes you can create your own story start. Login to your teacher account and go to the story starts section and from the side menu choose ‘Your School’. Note that when you create a your own story start it is only available to any other teachers registered to the same BoomWriter school account.
2. Unfortunately this cannot be done right now. BoomWriter is designed to allow students to shape the direction of the story and collectively decide where to take it next. The process we use does not currently have any facility to allow teachers to insert chapter.
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Hello, I would like to ask why there are only 4 entries seen by my students while voting even though 6 were approved by me. I know they can't vote for their own entry but still one is missing. Is there an error? Best wishes, Barbara Głuszcz
There is no error! On BoomWriter the voting process only shows a maximum of four entries at a time. In a round that has many entries (a class of 30 for instance) it would be impossible to read all 30 in one go and decide which is best.
So, our voting system uses a scoring algorithm which means students see no more than 4 entries at a time. They can potentially vote more than once. In the case you describe a student without an approved entry will be able to vote twice, where-as a student with an approved entry will only be able to vote once.
Our system distributes the chapters that different students see and incorporates other checks and balances. This ensures that each entry has an equal chance of winning.
How do you start the voting? I have all students approved but see no way to open up the voting
If you have approved at least 2 entries, you should see a button at the bottom of the books management page (below the list of students with entries) that will start voting.
If you don’t see this, please can you drop a line to our developers - they will be able to give you one-to-one support to help you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Lillie! Is there a way that I can change how many votes each chapter can get. After one student votes, it's already up to 10% of voting is complete. I have 22 students in my class, and I would love if they all had the opportunity to vote. Thanks!
Voting will run for at least the time period you set. So if you set voting to run for 2 days, it will run for at least two days. After that if there are enough votes a winner will be declared (automatically) otherwise it will wait another day and try again.
You can extend the ‘end voting on’ date whilst voting is running, this should give you the control to allow any students that haven’t voted to log in. Your students should login and vote before the minimum voting time has ended in order to guarantee their vote counts! They may be able to vote after the minimum time expires but that is not guaranteed.
The voting counter calculates the percentage using these two criteria sets, so if you change the minimum voting you’ll see the progress change. It is really there to give you some instant feedback on where your student are with the voting.
Where does the money go from published books being purchased?
BoomWriter is a for-profit company that supports teachers by offering a free Web-based, group writing tool. Teachers can convert completed projects into published books, which students and their family members have the option of purchasing. Currently, all revenue generated from book sales is used to maintain the site’s operating expenses and continued free access to schools.
How can you go back and edit after you have approved a chapter for a student?
At this time, it is not possible to edit/change a chapter once you have approved it for voting.
However, you can always contact us directly letting us know the book and the student and we will be able to help you directly: email@example.com
I am trying to use The House story start but when I click on it the search says it can't be found?? How can I use it?
Sorry about that the writer of The House un-published the story start! It;s is back up now so it’s all ready for you to use.
Either go to the Story Start section and find it in there, or click the banner at the top of the Story Start page (we promise that this time it will work!).
Is there a way to bulk upload student accounts? I have 126 students and was hoping there is an easier way.
Unfortunately there isn’t a way for you to bulk upload students at this time. If your students are old enough to have an email address they can sign up themselves.
They create their own accounts and request to join the school you are at. This method means you simply need to approve the join requests as they come in (which you can do in a bulk action).
While it won’t help you right now, bulk import is something we are considering adding in a future release.
How do you create groups of students in boom writer?
Select the Story Start you wish to use and click the start book button.
You’ll be taken to a page where you choose all the settings for the book you want to write (number of chapters etc). On this page you can select between a group book or an open book.
You can toggle this while the book is in draft. Once started though you cannot change this setting.