Accounts and Roles

The following are different types of accounts and roles you can have with CS First. Visit 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 in most cases administer the curriculum.

Create a CS First Teacher Account

If you would like to lead a CS First class, you will need to create a CS First account. Anyone (teachers, parents, after-school professionals, etc.) can create a teacher account. To create one, visit the Sign In page and click I'm a teacher on the right side of the screen.

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Change the email for a CS First teacher account

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

  2. From the Classes page, click the Students 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.

  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 Join a class.

  8. Enter the class codes 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 Students 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 the "Add a co-teacher" instructions below.

Add a co-teacher

To add a co-teacher to a CS First class

The lead teacher should

  1. Visit their Classes page.

  2. Click on the class.

  3. Click on Students on the left side of the page, and navigate to the "Co-teacher" section towards the bottom.

  4. Send the "teacher code" to the co-teacher.

The co-teacher should

  1. Log in to the CS First website as a teacher.

  2. On your Classes page, click Join a class.

  3. Enter the teacher code that was shared by the lead teacher.

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.

Create Student Accounts / Sign in with a Student Account
  1. Students visit the CS First website.

  2. Students click Sign in in the top right.

  3. Students click I’m a student.

  4. Students use the "New students" side of the screen and enter the unique class code for the class (found on the teacher's Classes page), and click Next.

  5. Students confirm the class details and click Yes, join.

  6. Students select whether they need a new CS First username and password.

    • Usernames and passwords are anonymous and randomly generated by Scratch.

    • If the student has participated in a CS First class before, they can select "No," and can sign in using their existing username and password on the left side of the screen.

  7. Student accounts appear on the People page of the class dashboard once students have signed in. You can access students' projects in Scratch by following these instructions.

​A few things to note about CS First student accounts:
  • A student must use a CS First account in order for a teacher to track their progress and access their projects.
  • Students should use their CS First account to log in to both CS​ First and Scratch.
    • Once a student is signed into Scratch (using their CS First account), a student must click Remix and then Share in order to save their projects. This will also give the teacher access to their work in Scratch via the People page on the CS First class dashboard (see Step 7 above).
  • It's a good idea to document your students and their account info either on the class roster that's included with a CS First Kit, and/or using your own tracking method (i.e., a spreadsheet). You might also encourage students to write down their username and password in a secure location. There's space for this on the back of the student certificates.
  • Students can re-use their CS First accounts for future classes and activities (see Step 6 above).
  • Once students have signed in to both CS​ First and Scratch using your designated class code and their CS First account, they will appear on the People page on your class dashboard.

Delete student accounts

You can remove student accounts from the Students section on your class dashboard.

  1. Hover over a student’s row.

  2. Click the three vertical dots on the far right side of the row.

  3. Click Remove student from class.

If you remove an account by accident:

  1. Have the student sign in as a student, enter your unique class code as a new student and click Next.

  2. Have the student click Yes, join

  3. When asked if they need a CS First username and password, they should click No and enter their old account information, which will add them to your class again.

Student names have disappeared

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 a class’s Students 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 download and print a blank class roster and add student names there for a more permanent solution. To do so, visit g.co/csfirst/curriculum, click on your activity, and toggle to the Materials tab. Many teachers also create their own spreadsheet to keep track of CS First student names, usernames, and passwords. 

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.

Privacy Policy

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

  • Only teachers use Google accounts to set up CS First classes.

  • 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.

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