Adding a personal password login to a student account

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This article walks through questions about how a student can add a personal password login to a teacher-created Code.org account that uses a word or picture password or to an account where the student signs in with a third-party identity provider like Google Account or Clever. This is a great option for students who want to keep using their Code.org account independent of their teacher or school, outside their classroom. 

What is the purpose of creating a personal password login?

When students use Code.org in the classroom, they often sign into Code.org accounts that were either created by the teacher or through a school-sponsored login like Clever or Google Accounts. In this case, if a teacher ever decides to remove the student from their section or the student leaves the school and no longer has access to their school-sponsored logins, the student may no longer be able to access their Code.org account. But if they create a personal password login, they will be able to keep signing into their Code.org account and access their work using their chosen password even after they leave the school. 

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. If a teacher deletes their own account, the student account will no longer be deleted alongside the teacher's. 

How do I add a personal password login?

Instructions for teacher-created accounts

If you currently use a teacher-created account where you sign in through a word or picture password after going to your section login page, follow these instructions to add a personal password login.

Summary: To create a personal password 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! 

 

Instructions for accounts with third-party logins

If you currently sign into your Code.org account through a third-party identity provider like Google Accounts or Clever, follow these instructions to add a personal password login.

Summary: To create a personal password login, sign into your account, and navigate to the account settings page. Choose a password under the "Add a password" section. Now you should be able to sign in with your username and chosen password! We also encourage you to provide your parent/guardian email in your accounts page just in case you forget your password and need to reset it.

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.
  3. (Optional, but highly encouraged) Enter in your parent/guardian email address in the field under "Edit Account Details." That way, we can send a reset link to this account in case you ever forget your password. Make sure to hit the "Update account" button. 
  4. Go back to your account settings page. You should see a section titled "Add a password":
  5. Choose a secure password and hit the "Create a password" button. Your account page should refresh and you should no longer have a separate section to add a password. You should now be able to sign in with the username on your account page and your newly chosen password or by typing in the email address associated with your third-party login and your newly chosen password. 
  6. Try signing out and signing back in with your new login information. You can 

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.

 

 

 

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