The following are a list of tips and suggestions to help you and your team get the most out of Storypark. Each tip links to a help centre resource, and these can be shared with your team all at once or one-by-one over time.

Create topic-based conversation community groups

You might have a group of children that will be going to the same school over the next few months. You could create a conversation, invite all of these families to it and share that they are all going to the same school. After each of them has been on a school visit they can share what they discovered, and offer ideas to support the transition process and their first day at school.

Resource link

● What are conversations: https://help.storypark.com/general/conversations/what-are-conversations

Use video to mentor and support a teacher within the conversations area

The conversations area allows you to share photos and videos of teachers in practice. You could record a teacher engaging with children then share it with them offering an outside view of their teaching practices. You can write your thoughts and reflections, acknowledging areas of practice they do well in, and recognising areas that could be strengthened.

Resource link

● Start a new conversation: https://help.storypark.com/general/conversations/start-a-new-conversation

 

Quickly view latest activity for individual children

In your service’s Children area you can hover over a child’s name on their profile tile to see a quick summary view of their family, latest stories and planning notes.It’s useful to check this before writing your next story for that child as it will enable you to make links to past stories, showing progression of a particular interest, development or disposition. You can also make reference to relevant planning notes to show how you have actioned or supported the intentional plan for that child.

 

IMG_3321Filter individual and group stories

In your service’s “Stories” area there is a “Filter stories” drop down. Here you can filter by type of story (all, individual or group), and by date published or recent activity (date someone last commented). You can also filter by learning tags, so during a planning meeting, for example, you could filter by ‘literacy’ and every story tagged with literacy will be shown.

Resource link

● Order and filter stories: https://help.storypark.com/general/stories/order-and-filter-stories

Posted by Sonya McIntyre

Sonya went to Rata Street Kindergarten and Petone kindergarten. She gained her Bachelor of Education at Victoria University in Wellington and has worked as an educator and manager in home based care, community based and kindergarten services.


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