Getting Started in Bookopolis – for Educators

Educators, Welcome to Bookopolis!

We are excited to have you and your students join our community of readers.  Our mission is to ignite a love of reading for fun in all young people.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you when you first join Bookopolis.

Prefer videos? Check out these short “how to” videos for educator features and student user features.

Set Up Your Class

My Dashboard page is where you to go to do all the behind-the-scenes administrative stuff.  When you first join, you should:

1. Add a new Class. Name your class and add the grade and year.  Click on the class name to be able to add students and view their Bookopolis reading activity.

2. Add Students.  Either manually fill in the student info fields including name, username, and password or upload an .xlsx or .csv file with this info.

Voila, your class is created and students can get started!

Getting Students Started

Students can login to www.bookopolis.com on computers or tablets with the username and password you just created.  If they already have an account, they’ll be prompted to merge their accounts.

Once they are logged in, we recommend assigning them a few simple tasks to get to know the site. This can be done as a short lesson (20 minutes or so) or a longer lesson (60 minutes or so) if you give them more time to explore the site.  Beware, students will get very excited about sharing their books!!

1. Change your avatar and Bookopolis world name.  Click on the generic avatar image to access your profile page.  Here you can change your avatar image, add your Bookopolis world name that shows up on every screen, select genres of books you like, and add other info about yourself.

2. Add at least 3 books to your shelves.  Use the search bar to type in titles or authors of books you’ve read, want to read, or are reading right now.  You can also click on Find New Books from the top navigation bar to see recommended books from other young readers.

3. Write at least 1 book review.  After you add a book to your shelf that you’ve already read, you can write a review of it. Click on the book jacket from your “I Read It’ shelf or search for the books and click on “Go to My Books.”  Here are some tips on How to Write a Book Review.

4. Check out My Friends’ books.  Students will be automatically connected with other students in your class as “Friends.”  Click on My Friends to see your Bookopolis friends. Then, click on a friend’s avatar to see the books on your friends’ shelves.

5. Explore the points and badges rewards.  As soon as you add a book to your shelf, you get your first badge!  Whoo-hoo.  Read about how badges and points work in Bookopolis here.

 

Want to go deeper?  Here are more ways to use Bookopolis in your classroom.

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