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Here in my web browser I've already logged in to my Teachers pay Teachers account. In this video, I'm going to walk through the process of uploading a digital resource. This is actually a digital resource that I've created that I'll be uploading to my actual store. Now, I created this account with Teachers pay Teachers a few months back in order to understand how the web site works, and I've been delightfully surprised with how many educators have utilized my resources in their classrooms. I really hope that this can be a way for you to share your high quality resources with teachers around the nation. Now, before we get started, I'd like to point out a few of the steps I've taken prior to creating this movie.
Here on my desktop, I have a folder that says TPT Files. Inside of it, I've got all the files I've created for this particular lesson plan. The first thing I have is a zip file, or a compressed file, that's made up of all of the things that I'd like the end teacher to be able to download. This is going to include the lesson plan, the guided notes, a PowerPoint presentation, and even the unit plan that this lesson comes from. These are resources to help the purchasing educator best implement this lesson in their classroom. I've also taken the time to create some preview images to allow educators to better understand what's included with this particular download.
All of this information I'm going to have on my desktop because I'll be using it as we move throughout this process. To get started with uploading digital lesson, we're going to go to MY TpT and then head over to My Products. Here in the My Products listing page, I can see every product that I have online with Teachers pay Teachers. Please keep in mind that the first product you upload to Teachers pay Teachers has to be a free download. These free downloads not only keep additional teachers coming to Teachers pay Teachers, which ultimately gives your store more visibility. But, they also allow educators to access your quality of work, before choosing to purchase your items.
In the left hand sidebar, I'm going to come down to where it says, New Digital Product, and click. The first step is to upload a product file that's going to be the exactly file that someone downloads when they purchase this digital product. I'm going to go and click Choose File, I'm going to come to that folder I have on my desktop, and I'm going to select the ZIP file. Now, whatever you choose to upload here is what the purchaser can download. If you have multiple file types, the best way to deal with this is to compress them into into a single file, such as Zip file. I'll go and click the Upload button, and now it's going to upload it to the website. Now that our file is uploaded, the next step is to go ahead and talk about the copyright information for this particular product.
You have two options here. One is if you've created absolutely everything in this package or in the digital work, you can say that this is an original work and that it does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others. For this particular lesson, however, I've used some stock photos. Now, I've purchased those stock photos and I have a license that gives me the right to include them in this lesson plan but I need to attest that I have used copyrighted or trademarked materials in this product. Not everything is my own original work. But it does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others.
This is an important thing to keep in mind. As you're making your own lesson plan, you may choose to include a worksheet, or even an exam, that you didn't create. If you didn't create it, or you don't have a license to distribute it, then make sure you don't include it with anything you're selling on Teachers Pay Teachers. When it comes to previewing the items, there’s two options we have. We can upload a preview file that people can download and then look at on their computer to assess the quality of this particular work. Now, for this lesson plan, I’m choosing to not upload a preview file. Instead, I'm going to upload four preview images that people can hover on and view directly on the Teachers pay Teachers website.
We'll get to uploading those images in just a second. The next step is to go ahead and add a title and description. In Microsoft Word I've taken the time to type up both the title as well as a description. I'm simply going to copy and paste these into the appropriate fields. Now notice for my description, it looks kind of strange. There's these greater than and less than signs, and these forward slashes. This is actually some HTML that I've included in the description. You can add basic HTML in this box, such as opening and closing strong tags, which allow me to bold the title. These br tags are going to create breaks the same way you'd get if you hit the Enter button while typing in Microsoft Word.
The very bottom of my description is some information about the creative commons license I'm using with this lesson plan. Directly on the Teachers pay Teachers website they'll help you figure out which creative commons license is right for your particular lesson plan. And they'll even give you the text to paste in directly below your item description. I'm going to go ahead and copy all of this text, use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+C or Ctrl+C on the PC, head back to Teachers Pay Teachers and I'll go ahead and paste in this description. The next step is to go and choose the resource type. Because this is a lesson plan and it's an individual lesson plan, I'm going to scroll all the way down until I see the Lesson Plan section and then choose Individual.
I'll highlight it and then click the double arrow button to add it to the right hand side. Now, this particular lesson is mostly a lecture style. There's a PowerPoint slide for the teacher to move through and guided notes for the students. It doesn't have a lot of interactive elements, and because of that I'm also going to label this as a lecture. The grade levels for this particular lesson are appropriate for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth, the upper elementary and middle school grades. I also think this lesson might be appropriate for homeschool students, so I'll select homeschool as well. As I come down to the subject area, I'm going to scroll all the way down until I see science.
Now when selecting a subject area, one thing to keep in mind is you can select the actual subject areas or sub areas underneath them. For example, I'm going to select Science, hit the double arrow to add that over. The levels of organization could also be an anatomy lesson, or even a biology lesson. Now, please keep in mind, you can select only three particular subject areas. So, if you had a very general lesson that was good for, let's say, math, science, or language arts, you might select just the upper categories and none of the more finite categories below it.
The next step, which is fairly new on Teaches paid Teachers, is the ability to take lessons as meeting the common core state standards. In order to use this feature, you need to know the ELA or mass standards at this lessons meeting. You can click Select ELA Standards, choose the appropriate strand. And then choose the appropriate Common Core State Standard inside that strand. When you have everything selected, you can click Add Standard. And it will automatically tag this lesson plan as meeting that strand for the Common Core State Standards. The teaching duration is designed to give educators a general idea of how many minutes it would take to implement this particular lesson.
This lesson's actually 70 minutes, but I'm going to select one hour since it's the closest duration for what the lesson plan was written for. This particular lesson has 30 different elements to it between the lesson plan, unit plan, student notes and problem presentation. And I have included an answer key on the lesson plan for the student guided notes. The next step is to choose some custom categories. These are categories that you get to decide and build into Teachers pay Teachers. If you haven't created any custom categories, this arrow will be blank, and that's okay. You can create them and tag them to lessons later on. I am going to select Body Systems, because its a part of the body system unit and I have already created that custom tag.
The next few stapes have to do pricing this particular item. Whether it's free or paid. This is going to be a paid resource, and then setting the price for it. This particular lesson plan I think is worth $5. So, I going to type $5 into it. If you'd like to, you can set a discount price which will show up as if it were on sale, and you can also set prices for multiple licenses. For example, if one teacher buys it and then wants to get an additional license for an additional class for an additional year. Typically, it's best to leave this at 50% of your asking price. The next step down is to whether or not I want to make this product active.
For example, if I was going through this, and realized I wanted to tag more custom categories, or if I needed to change something with the description, I could go ahead and click No. This would allow me to upload the product, save all of the information I've built into this digital product, and then make it active at a later date. I think I've worked out all the bugs with this particular product. So, I'm going to go and make it active today, and leave that as Yes. And the final step is to choose thumbnail images that will represent your particular work. If you're selling something that's an entire Word document, PDF, or even an Excel spreadsheet, you can have Teachers pay Teachers automatically generate these thumbnail files for you.
Because I'm using a ZIP file, I'm going to choose to upload my own thumbnails. So, I'll click Upload your own thumbnail images and now I have to choose the four of them. I'll go ahead and select Choose File for the first one. And I have a folder that's called Preview Images. One thing to keep in mind is the maximum file size for your preview images is 200 kilobytes. So make sure, as you're taking screenshots, that you keep an image that's under 200 kilobytes. Here I can see that this preview of what the slides look like, including the bubbles that teachers can remove, to help students through the guided notes, is only 131 kilobytes, because it's under that 200 mark, I'll go ahead and click Open.
I'll do the same thing for the three other preview images. Click Open. Now, one thing that I'd like to point out, when I go ahead and I choose to upload these images, whatever is in the first spot right here is going to be the image that shows up next to this product in a search listing. Now, I originally uploaded this cell slide originally. I've also uploaded a cover page, that I'd like to be the product image as teachers see this on the website. Because of that, I'm going to choose to remove the product image, I'm going to choose to remove the cell slide, and I'm going to re-upload, in the proper order, the images that I'd like to appear on the website.
Click Open. So now, when I look at this product, the first image that'll appear is the cover page. Now that everything's in place, I'm going to go and click Submit. So Teachers Pay Teacher has automatically brought me to the product page. I can now review exactly how this product is going to appear to other teachers. The cover page that I chose to upload is the first item that's showing up. As I hover over the other thumbnails, I can get preview images of the other items that I'm using to show teachers what's going to be contained in this particular product. As I scroll down the page, I can go ahead and proof my product description.
And I can also see the creative commons license I attached to this particular project. If everything looks good, there's nothing more to do. You can go ahead and log out. And hope the teachers now find this particular product and use it with their students. If you'd like to make a change, you can hit the Edit button in the upper right hand corner. I hope Teachers pay Teachers is a great way for you as an educator to make some additional funds, either for your classroom or for vacation you'd like to take in the summer time. And that this can give you the opportunity to share your great resources with teachers and students around the nation.
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