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Classroom Setup

The teacher can log onto the Teacher’s Toolkit page at:


to assign an activity to students in a class. The option labeled “Classes” on the menu on the left-hand side of the setup page permits activities to be assigned.

A drop-down menu at the top of the Class Setup screen permits the teacher to select a specific class from among all the classes taught. Once a class is selected, the students listed in the class will be displayed.

A pull-down menu to the right of each student name permits an activity to be selected for that student. All of the students in the class can be assigned the same activity, or different activities, depending upon the instructional objectives.

For more details about classroom setup, please visit the Teacher's Tools Guide.

Student Stories

When a student logs into the PrimaryAccess application, available at:


a startup screen appears. The student can select the Load Activities button at the bottom of the screen to load an activity. The instructions assigned by the teacher appear on the initial startup screen.

  1. Write

    The student often will begin by using the PrimaryAccess word processor (found under the Script tab) to write the script of the short digital movie - typically a pararagraph or two.

  2. Find Images

    In the next step, the student can find images to illustrate the narrative. An appropriate selection of images chosen by the teacher will appear on the screen accessed through the Find tab. As the student browses through these images, they can add the ones that they want to use to the Image Resource folder (found under the My Folder tab).

  3. Sequence Images

    The student can experiment with arrangement of the images in different orders, creating an informal storyboard that depicts the story sequence. The images are then dragged from the Resource Folder to the column at the left of the text in the PrimaryAccess word processor.

  4. Narrate the Story

    The student then records the text of the story using the audio recording tool (found under the Narration tab). A link to an MP3 music file can also be added at this point.

  5. Add Motion Effects and Titles

    The draft story is then saved. The Play button in the View window is selected to play the interim version of the story. Motion effects and titles are added, and a final version of the story is saved.

  6. Teacher’s Comments

    This process sometimes will take place in a single session, but often will be implemented over a period of several days. The teacher has the opportunity to review the student’s work at any point, and provide electronic comments as the story progresses.

  7. Sharing with an Audience

    The final version of the story can then be shared with an audience through a web link that makes it available to others.

    For more details about creating student stories, please visit the PrimaryAccess Guide.




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