Use CS First with Google Classroom

You can share all the lessons in the CS First Curriculum with Google Classroom. 

Use Google Classroom to:

  • Manage your classes and roster

  • Create and grade assignments

  • Collect student work

Use CS First to:

  • Browse for computer science lesson

  • Deliver lessons through provided videos

  • Track which videos students have watched

 

Certain types of Google accounts cannot be imported from Google Classroom to CS First. If you have imported your roster from Google Classroom and some or all of your students are not importing, read these instructions.
Connect your CS First account with Google Classroom

To connect CS First with your Google Classroom account, first you must connect the two accounts.

  1. Sign in to CS First as a teacher. (You must use a Workspace for Education account to sign in to CS First if you want to link your CS First and Classroom accounts.)

  2. Navigate to your Profile.

  3. Under Google Classroom, click Get Started.

  4. Click Connect with Classroom.

  5. Follow the steps on the screen.

Import classes from Google Classroom
  1. From your dashboard, click Create class.

  2. Choose classes from Google Classroom to import.

  3. Click Import.

Important steps to ensure a successful import from Google Classroom to CS First:

  1. Ensure you have set up a class in Google Classroom.
  2. Ensure you have added students to your class in Google Classroom.
  3. Ensure your students have joined the class in Google Classroom.
  4. Sign in to CS First (with your Google Workspace for Education account).
  5. If you haven't already connected your CS First account with Google Classroom, follow the steps to Connect your CS First account with Google Classroom. If you've already connected your two accounts, proceed to Step 6.
  6. From your CS First dashboard, click Create class.
  7. Select the Google Classroom class you would like to import and click Import.
  8. Have your students sign in to CS First (using their Google Workspace for Education accounts) and an invitation should automatically appear and each student should click accept.
Manage students and co-teachers

When you import a class from Google Classroom, all students and co-teachers are automatically invited to your class in CS First. To join your class, they must sign into CS First with the Google account they use for your Google Classroom class and accept your invitation in CS First. They will not receive an email or a class code directing them to your class.

After students join your class, they can share their projects to Classroom in the Scratch for CS First editor. You will still need to use your CS First dashboard to track their progress as they watch CS First videos and complete assessments.

To make changes to your student roster or to update co-teachers:

  1. Make the changes (i.e., adding or removing students or co-teachers) in Google Classroom, first.

  2. Sign in to your CS First dashboard.

  3. Click on the class you need to update.

  4. Navigate to the People tab (to the right of Units) for that class.

  5. Scroll down, and click the Import changes button at the bottom of the page.

Please note: When co-teachers join your class, they can do everything you can with that class, including viewing student progress.

Create CS First assignments
  1. Sign in to the CS First website.

  2. Navigate to the Curriculum page.

  3. Click on a lesson that you'd like to assign to your class.

  4. Click Add to class.

  5. Choose the classes you'd like to assign this lesson to, then click Next.

  6. Click Create Google Classroom assignments.

  7. Add details as needed to the assignment. 

    1. Please Note: you MUST add a due date in order for students to be able to share their CS First projects in the Scratch for CS First editor, and for you to be able to access their projects via Google Classroom. Then click Assign. For help creating a Google Classroom assignment see instructions here.

The lesson will now show up inside Google Classroom as an assignment, and in your CS First dashboard so that you can track your students’ progress as they watch the videos in the lesson. You can edit the assignment in Google Classroom after you've created it.

Google Classroom and CS First assignments are not linked beyond the ability to share lessons; submitting work through one platform will not automatically sync to the other. In order to access your student’s projects from Google Classroom, students will need to click the Share to Classroom button in the Scratch for CS First editor.  

 

For more information about using Google Classroom, visit the Google Classroom Help Center.

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