Accounts and Roles
Access content without an account
To access CS First content without an account, see the Accessing CS First without setting up a club section for more information.
Hosts/teachers are responsible for meeting the minimum requirements, setting up a club, and in some cases, facilitating the club.
Create a Host Account
If you would like to set up and/or host a CS First club, you will need to create a CS First account. Anyone (teachers, parents, after-school professionals, etc.) can create an account. To create one, visit the login page and click Sign in with Google on the right side of the screen and select "Teacher (Host)" as your role.
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Delete Host account
Change the email for a Host account
- Click the blue Sign in with Google button on the login page.
- Sign up with your new email address.
- Sign out of your new account.
- Sign in again with your old email address.
- Click edit beside the "Hosts" section on your club dashboard. Invite your new email address as a host for each of your clubs.
- Sign out of your old account.
- Sign in to your new account, visit your notifications tab, and accept the invitations to be a host.
- You can then remove your old account as a host if you wish.
The role of a Co-host is to partner with and/or assist the Host. Responsibilities will vary and some clubs will not have a co-host.
Co-hosts have the same access to club data as the Host. Co-host's should only be added by a Host if they are certain they want this person to see all club information, including student progress.
Create a Co-host account
The original host should
- Visit their My Clubs page.
- Click on the club to access the "Setup" page.
- Click edit next to the "Optional: Hosts" step at the bottom of the page.
- Invite the co-host. Be sure to use the email they used to create their CS First account.
The co-host should
- Log in to the CS First website using the same email you invited.
- Visit their My Clubs page.
- Accept the invitation to be added as a co-host.
Similar to a Co-host, Volunteers can assist the Host with facilitating the club. Responsibilities will vary and some clubs will not have volunteers.
Volunteers have access to limited club information like the club schedule and materials but they cannot access the Student Stats page. If volunteers need additional access, consider adding them as a co-host.
Create a Volunteer account
- Visit your club dashboard.
- Click on your club to access your club's setup page.
- Click edit next to "Step 5".
- Invite the volunteer. Be sure to use the email they used to create their CS First account.
- The volunteer should log in to the CS First website using the same email you invited. Volunteers will be notified of the invitation on their dashboard. They should accept the invitation to be added as a volunteer. Once the volunteer accepts, you should log in to your dashboard and approve the volunteer, then add the volunteer to the club.
Students are the participants in a club.
The process for adding students to your club is also outlined in Day 1 of your Lesson Plans.
- Students visit g.co/csfirst/go.
- Students click the blue Enter Club Code button on the left side of the page.
- Students enter the club's unique club code (found on the host's My Clubs page) and follow a series of prompts to generate a username and password. Usernames and passwords are anonymous and randomly generated by Scratch
- Student accounts appear on the Student Stats page of the club dashboard once students have logged in.
Delete student accounts
You can remove extra student accounts from the Student Stats section on your club dashboard.
- Check the box beside the name of each student you want to remove.
- Click the trash can button on the blue bar that appears on top of the list of student accounts.
If you remove an account by accident
- Have the student click the blue Enter Club Code button on the left side of the login page
- Have the student enter your unique club code again.
- When asked if they need a CS First username and password, they should click No, I have one, and enter their old account information, which will add them to your club again.
To preserve student privacy, student names are stored only on your computer. They are never sent across the internet or stored on Google's servers.
Consequently, student names added using the "Add Name" feature on your Student Stats page are tied to the computer and browser you enter them on. If you sign in on a different computer or use a different browser, the names will not appear. Additionally, if your IT department has installed management software on your computer that periodically resets or restores it, names may be lost.
You can add names to the hard copy roster included in your printed materials or download and print the online version. Many teachers create their own Google spreadsheet to keep track of CS First student names, usernames, and passwords.
- Only teachers use Google accounts to set up CS First clubs.
- Students do not create or need Google accounts to participate in CS First. They are issued anonymous, randomly-generated usernames used only by the teacher for student progress tracking.
- Google does not receive any personally identifiable information from students through CS First.
- To preserve student privacy, names are stored on your computer rather than on Google's servers.