Frequently Asked Questions

For a visual walk-through of many of these questions, visit
The Student Guide or The Teacher Guide

Sign Up

You'll need your email address, your name, and a password. You will need to confirm your email address by clicking a link in an email we send you. It will also be good to know your school name.
On the Sign Up page, Student is selected by default. Choose your school from the dropdown menu. Then, select the Courses you are taking from the Courses multiselect. Your school is required, but Courses are optional and you may edit them at any time from your Profile page (hover over My Profile at the top, then click Edit Profile).
On the Sign Up page, click the Teacher tab. If your school is listed on the dropdown menu, select it and then enter your email address, your name, and make up a new password. Be sure to confirm your email address by clicking a link in an email we send you. Teacher accounts must also be approved by an admin.If your school is not already listed, select "Other" as the school. *You will then need to email your school name to info@storyshares.org so we can create your school in our system.
On the Sign Up page, click your user type, enter your email address, your name, and make up a new password. If you have an association with a school, select that school, but this is not required. You will need to confirm your email address before you can use your account.
Please check your inbox or spam folder for an activation email. You must click the link in that email before your account will be activated. If you have lost the email, you can request another activation email – access that page by trying to log in.

Reading Books

Find a book in the library, on the home page, in a user's profile, or on a course. Hover over the book to read a quic description of it. Click on the book to start reading it. Click on the cover to open the book, then click on the arrows near the bottom of the pages to go to the next or previous page. In most places, there's also a slider below the book to jump through the pages.
You can bookmark your place in a book so that you can return to the same spot the next time you're reading. Make sure you are signed in first, then select Bookmark and Save Bookmark at the top right side of the book. When you return to the book, click Go To Bookmark to go back the same page. You can also find the bookmarked book on your profile page.
The Word Lookup feature lets you easily get definitions for words you don't understand. Click Show Word Lookup at the top, then double-click on a word to see its definition. If you notice a little square icon in the definition, you can double click on that for a picture of the word. If you understand the words, but they don't make sense together, try listening to the book. Click the play button at the top left next to the word Listen. You can pause or stop the reading at any time.
You can filter the library to search for certain books. On the library page, you can use the interest level dropdown to select an age range. You can also sort by a certain reading level (either Grade Level Equivalent, Fountas & Pinnell, or Lexile) by choosing the measure and then selecting the level you're looking for. You'll also notice that the books in the libaray are organized by genre. If you know the title or author you're looking for, you can enter that into the search bar on the top left.
You can rate and review books when you reach the end of the story. Make sure you are signed in, then click on the number of stars to give a 1 through 5 star rating. Write a quick review in the white box and then click "Add Review".

Teacher Dashboard

Log in, then hover over My Profile at the top. Click on Dashboard in the little black box that shows up.
On your Teacher Dashboard, click Add Class. From here, you can set the grade level and a few other things. You may also add students or books to your course at this time. You can add students and books later, too, and students are able to add themselves to your course from their profile page.
On your Teacher Dashboard, view your course. Click the Add Students or Add Books buttons. It is a good idea to add books to your course, because this is the list of books a student will see when viewing your course, and this is the only way to track students' progress as they read pages.
If they are reading the books you have selected, and they are reading them through the course page on the Student Dashboard, click Start Class. Students' progress will update twice a minute..

Writing Books

Sign in, then click Write in the menu at the top. Choose a title for your new book and a description, then click Create Book. (You can always return later to change the title or description).
You can choose your book template, paper texture, and fonts in the sections at the top. There are lots of style options, especially for paper types and fonts.
Try to mix it up a bit! Add some pictures (try the Flickr search or upload your own images), but space out the pictures throughout the book. You can add pages with the buttons on the right, and drag them around to reorder them. Try not to put too much text on a page, but not too little either. Ask a classmate or the teacher. It's hard to know if your own work makes sense, but easier when you're reading someone else's work. If you need to revise, don't be discouraged – the first draft never works. Your book saves as you work on it, so you can return and keep writing anytime. When you're all done, you can click "Publish."
Click Details on the top right. From here, you can change the book title and description, categorize it, and even add some tags.
When a story is published, it is sent to the Story Shares team to be reviewed before being made available on the website. If the story is determined to be appropriate and relevant to our audience, it will be made public within a maximum time of 4-6 weeks. When we are not hosting a contest, this turnaround time will be much faster.

Student Dashboard

Edit your profile by hovering over My Profile at the top, then clicking on Edit Profile. At the bottom left, select different Courses from the Courses multiselect.
Edit your profile by hovering over My Profile at the top, then clicking on Edit Profile. At the bottom left, select different Courses from the Courses multiselect.
Log in, then hover over My Profile at the top. Click on Dashboard in the little black box that shows up.
On your Student Dashboard, find the course and click Go To Course. From here, you should see the list of books the teacher has selected for your course. Click on a book to start reading it.
When you're reading a book for a course, click the Change Book button at the top center to go back to the list of books for your course.
You can just mention the book you are interested in to your teacher, and ask him or her to add that book to the course. That way, you can read the book you chose and your teacher can still check in on progress.