Adding a personal login to a teacher-created account

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This article walks through questions about how a student can add a personal login to a teacher-created Code.org account that uses a word or picture password. This is a great option for students who want to keep using their Code.org account independently of their teacher, outside their classroom, especially if the teacher decides to delete the classroom section that the student belonged to.

What is the purpose of creating a personal login?

By creating a personal login, a student can keep using their teacher-created account even after the school year ends. This will allow them to sign in with their own email address or username and chosen password without needing to go through their section login page. So if a teacher ever removes the student from their section, the student will be able to keep using their original account by signing in with their personal login.

By creating a personal login, a student will also get more controls over their account. For example, if they ever forget their password, they will be able to reset the password themselves without needing to go through their teacher. 

How do I add a personal login?

Summary: To create a personal login, sign into your account, and navigate to the account settings page. Fill out the section titled "Create a personal login" and make sure to hit the "Submit" button. Now you should be able to sign in with your email address or username and chosen password!

Details:

Here are more detailed steps for how to add a personal login to your account:

  1.  Sign into your account the way you normally sign in (through your section login page).
  2. Navigate to your account settings page. Here, you should see a section titled "Create a personal login":
  3. Fill out your new login information.
    • If you are over 13 years old, you should see something like this: 

      Type in your personal email address. If you do not have an email address, click on the link that says "Click here if you don't have an email address." This will let you pick a username instead.
    • If you are under 13 years old (or don't have an email address), you will see something like this:
       
      You can leave in your existing username or pick a different one.
    • Note that the email address or username you choose for your login must be unique - there cannot be another Code.org account with the same email address or username.
    • Choose a password.
  4. If you currently log in with a secret pair of words, you will need to type in your current set of secret words:
  5. If you created a personal login with a username instead of an email address, you will need to type in a parent email address as well. We need an email address so if you try to recover your password, we can send the password reset instructions to an email address associated with your account.
  6.  Hit the "Submit" button and you should be done! If you successfully filled out the section, you should be navigated back to your homepage and see a success message that looks something like this: 
  7. Try signing out and signing back in with your new login information! 

 

Why do I need to provide an email address? 

Students need to associate a working email address with their account so that we can send them or their parent/guardian password recovery information if the student ever forgets their password. Note that if a student provides their own email address, they will not receive any emails from us except in the case that they request to reset their password. 

If a student does not want to provide their own email address, they can choose to create a login via a username by clicking the link that says "click here if you don't have an email address," next to the field for entering your email address. 

I tried signing in with my email address but it didn't work. Why? 

Make sure you aren't trying to sign in with an email address you provided for your parent/guardian. That email address is only used for password recovery. In this case, you will need to use your username to sign into your account.

Why don't I see the option to create a personal login from my account settings page? 

You will not see this option if you can already sign into your account with an email/username and password or if you can sign in with a third-party provider like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, or Clever. 

 

 

 

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