Accounts and Roles

The following are different types of accounts and roles you can have with CS First. Check out the different sections below to get more information on each.

Teacher

The role of a CS First teacher is to set up a CS First class, recruit students, and teach the lessons.

Create a CS First Teacher Account

To lead a CS First class, first you must create a CS First teacher account. Anyone (teachers, parents, after-school professionals, etc.) can create a teacher account. To create a teacher account, follow these instructions.

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Change the email for a CS First teacher account

If you’ve imported your class roster from Google Classroom, please disregard the instructions below. If you need to make a change to your Workspace for Education email, contact the Workspace for Education administrator at your school.

  1. Sign in to CS First as a teacher using your old email address.

  2. From the Classes page, click the People icon at the bottom of the class card you want your new account to access.

  3. Copy the teacher code from the Co-teacher section. Note: Teacher codes are different than class codes.

  4. Copy the teacher codes for all the classes you want your new CS First teacher account to access.

  5. Sign out of your old account.

  6. Sign in to CS First as a teacher using your new email address.

  7. On your Classes page, click on the + button (upper left side of screen) and select the Join a class option.

  8. Enter the teacher codes for each class you want to join.

  9. Once you've verified that you can access all of your classes with your new account, you can then remove your old account if you wish. To do so, from the Classes page, click the People icon at the bottom of the class card and remove your old account under Co-teachers.

Domain changes to a CS First teacher account

If your institution undergoes a domain change from a Google domain to a different domain that is still with Google, your previous CS First class information will continue to be available to you. Your new email address will be associated with your old account.

Sign in to CS First using your new email address, and your existing class and teacher dashboards should appear. If that doesn't work, follow the standard Google Account Recovery process to reclaim access to your previous account.

Ex: teacher.name@school.com to teacher.name@school.k12.ms.us

Co-teacher

The role of a co-teacher is to partner with and/or assist the lead CS First teacher. Responsibilities will vary and many classes will not have a co-teacher.

Co-teachers have the same access to class data as the lead CS First teacher. Co-teachers should only be added by the lead CS First teacher if they are certain they want this person to see all class information, including student progress.

Create a co-teacher account

A co-teacher is a CS First teacher account that has been invited to an existing teacher’s CS First class.

Coordinate with the lead teacher to join their class as a co-teacher by following these instructions: 

 

The lead teacher should

  1. Visit their CS First dashboard.

  2. Click on the class they want to add a co-teacher to.

  3. Click the People tab (to the right of Units) and scroll down to the Co-teachers section.

  4. Locate the teacher code, which is located in the gray box and should consist of lowercase letters and numbers.

  5. Share that teacher code with their co-teacher(s).

The co-teacher(s) should

  1. Visit the CS First website and click Sign in.

  2.  Select I am a teacher and follow the prompts. 

  3. From their Classes page, click on the + button (upper left side of screen) and select the Join a class option.

  4. Enter the teacher code that was shared by the lead teacher and follow the prompts to join the class.

Students

Students are the participants in a class. Students will watch a series of CS First videos that instruct them how to create a project in Scratch for CS First. Learn more about the student experience here.

Create and sign in with a student account

There are multiple ways to sign in to CS First as a student. Students can sign in with a CS First student account, or with a Workspace for Education account.  A teacher must choose which type of student accounts they would like to use for their class.

  • Sign in with a CS First student account. More info.
  • Sign in with a Google Workspace for Education account. More info.

Stuck in the wrong account?

Is your student stuck in a teacher account and unable to switch to their student account?

Don't panic. It's likely that your student signed in as a teacher at some point. The best way to fix this is to have the student delete their "teacher" account by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Teacher button (top right).
  2. Select Profile.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the profile page and click Delete my CS First account.
  4. [Teacher should follow steps 1-3 below if your class is connected to Google Classroom].
  5. Sign in to CS First again and be sure to select the I'm a student option.

CS First Teacher should follow these steps if connected to Google Classroom

  1. If your CS First class is connected to Google Classroom (GC), after the student deletes their account, update your Google Classroom roster so that their GC invitation is resent.
  2. Ensure the student accepts the new invitation in Google Classroom.
  3. Sign-in to CS First, click on your class, click the People tab, then scroll down and click on Import Changes so your CS First student list reflects the changes you made in GC.
  4. Have student complete Step 5 above.

Access CS First curriculum without an account

To access CS First content without an account, see the Accessing CS First without setting up a class section for more information.

More information about your data

Our website is governed by the terms and privacy policy listed on our website (bottom of each page). Additionally:

  • Students may sign in to CS First using a Workspace for Education account or they can create a CS First account with a randomly-generated username and password, but they cannot use a personal Google account.

  • Google does not ask for any personally identifiable information from students through CS First.

  • To preserve student privacy, names added to CS First accounts in your teacher dashboard are stored on your computer and browser rather than on Google's servers.

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