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ZooBurst "Story Codes" let premium members “attach” a ZooBurst book to a physical object through a special printed symbol.

Story Codes are visually similar to the standard ZooBurst augmented reality symbol, and each story code is designed to uniquely identify a specific ZooBurst book. For example, the Story Code below is associated with a demo book (“My Trip to Egypt”) – if you’d like to see this code in action simply follow the directions in the “Viewing a Story Code” section below.

Story Codes can be attached to any physical object in the “real world.” For example, a teacher could have his or her students create a ZooBurst book about "Hamlet" and then use a "Story Code" to attach their work to a class bulletin board. Then whenever anyone "scans" the code their work will immediately appear on their screen.

Creating a Story Code

As a premium member you can create a Story Code for any book in your own personal book library or in the book library of any of your students.

To create a Story Code for a book in your “My Books” library:

  1. Click on the “My Books” button at the top of the screen
  2. Click on the “Story Code” link next to any of your books

To create a Story Code for a book in one of your student’s libraries:

  1. Click on the “My Classes” button at the top of the screen
  2. Click on the “Students” link next to one of your classes
  3. Click on the “Manage Books” link next to one of your student accounts
  4. Click on the “Story Code” next to any book in the student library

Next, select the type of Story Code you would like to print. Currently you can print one of the following types of Story Codes:

  1. Story Code with Instructions – this option will display a printable page that contains your Story Code, book title, author name and basic instructions on how to view your Story Code.
  2. Story Code without Instructions (image only) – this option prints out the Story Code as an image (PNG). Use this option when you want to integrate your story code into another digital media project (i.e. inserting your Story Code into a Word document)
  3. Print Book – this option prints out a physical version of your book spread across multiple pages. If printed double sided, this option allows you to staple your book along the spine and create a “living” version of your book that you can take with you!

Note that your students cannot create Story Codes directly – only the premium member who owns the account can set up and manage Story Codes.

Viewing a Story Code

Note to iPad users: You can also view a Story Code on your iPad with the free ZooBurst mobile app. For more information please refer to this support article.

Once you have a Story Code you can view it by clicking the “Story Codes” link the very top of any ZooBurst page and click on the large “play” button to turn on your computer’s webcam. Then hold up a Story Code to your webcam and watch as your book pops out of the sheet of paper! You can also click on the “Screen” button at the top right side of the screen to view your book in “Screen” mode once ZooBurst has recognized your Story Code for the first time.

If you have any trouble viewing your Story Code you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Ensure that your Story Code is printed on light colored paper
  2. Make sure that the printer you are using has enough toner / ink – low contrast images will reduce ZooBurst’s ability to identify a Story Code. In addition, prints that have "bands" of color missing from the image may also cause recognition problems.
  3. Make sure that your Story Code isn’t folded or curved
  4. Keep your fingers and other objects outside of the dashed region around the story code.
  5. The web-based Story Code viewer will automatically "mirror" your image so that it appears as though you are looking into a real mirror (i.e. when you hold up your right hand it will appear on the right side of the screen). You should turn off any "webcam mirroring" settings or software that you may have running since this will override ZooBurst's ability to mirror your camera. You can tell if this is an issue for you if your image appears un-mirrored (i.e. you hold up your right hand and it appears on the left side of the screen).

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