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Hello from the Scratch Team!

We are excited to share that Scratch Teacher Accounts are now available! Scratch Teacher Accounts enable educators to create and manage classes, student accounts, and class studios. If you are interested in learning more about or registering a new Teacher Account, you can do this on the Educators page on the Scratch website: https://scratch.mit.edu/educators/

We look forward to continuing to improve the site to support you and your students’ participation on Scratch. 

Scratch On!

Christan Balch, for the MIT Scratch Team
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Hi! I teach teachers how to use Scratch and other resources, so I though teachers account will be great! However, I have many doubts:
- Students accounts only work within the class? Can they just enter and do their projects independently? 
- Can teachers track changes on the projects? or are there any function that allow some following up?
- I usually teach how to create and studio, invite students to create they accounts and later became curators, so all projects witihin a class can be part of the same studio. Taking this? What are the extra benefits of having a teacher account?
- I read here in the comments something about csv to create students accounts? no idea what that is.

Thanks in advance!!!
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Hi Natalia,

Students accounts only work within the class? Can they just enter and do their projects independently? 
I'm not sure I understand your question. Might you please elaborate on what you mean by this?

Can teachers track changes on the projects? or are there any function that allow some following up?
No, there are no tools in Scratch that would allow you to track changes on a project.

I usually teach how to create and studio, invite students to create they accounts and later became curators, so all projects witihin a class can be part of the same studio. Taking this?
Students are automatically added as curators to studios created within a classroom. This allows you to bypass the step of inviting students to curate studios.

What are the extra benefits of having a teacher account? I read here in the comments something about csv to create students accounts? no idea what that is.
I would encourage you to check out our Teacher Account FAQ page as well as the introductory video we've created on Teacher Accounts (found on the same page) as I think it might be helpful in answering some of your questions.

I hope this helps,
christan
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Hi, I have a teacher account for TeacherNorfleet, but do not see where I can set up my classes.
 
Member
Hi there! It looks like you have created a regular Scratch account rather than a Teacher Account. You can create a Teacher Account here: https://scratch.mit.edu/educators/#teacher-accounts

I hope this helps!
Member
Hi, did you open the URL on the confirmation mail?
I remember just same problem happened on me.
 
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I am revisiting Scratch with its new teacher functions and am also getting started with CS First.  I recently set up my first class of students with a studio in Scratch but have yet to start with the students.  I have also recently created my first club in CS First intended for the same class of students.  Can anyone advise on the pros and cons of using each independently?  Can I have the students follow the activities in CS and login to the New Scratch Studio account so I can take advantage of the new features of Scratch? Or is it better to simply have them log into the Scratch account created in CS First?

Any advice is appreciated.
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I am facing the same dilemma. I inquired on the Google side also. It would be great if you could use one account on both platforms.
 
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... or, using any existing account to join a class. Students shouldn't need to create new accounts to join a class.
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I have a question about studios and student accounts. Is there a way to share one studio across multiple classes? Thank you!
Member
Hi Christan,

I am just getting ready to start using Scratch again with my students this year.  I have two accounts--My origianl account(MESTech) I used for years with my students before Teacher Accounts. This account has lots of resources, studios and projects that I want to still use with my students.  I also have alpha teacher account that I used last school year with my students.  

What I would like to do, is convert my original account to a teacher account and combine it with my alpha teacher account.  I do not want to keep my alpha user name as it was the generic scratchteacheralpha029 username.  I would like to keep my original username, MESTech.  

When I was at the conference this year, I spoke to someone regarding this and was told all I needed to do was to send an email and this could be done.  Unfortunately, I can not find the email address   I only see on the Scratch site where I can request a new account.   

Can you help me or direct me to who I should contact.

Thanks!
Member
Hi Sandy. Thanks for reaching out! We actually do not have the ability to combine Scratch accounts, but I’d be happy to convert your regular account into a Teacher Account for you though. Please send a message to teacher-accounts@scratch.mit.edu with your regular account username and the email address associated with your account and we can help you there. Thanks!
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Has anyone had a student try to upload a project made on a Raspberry Pi (using Scratch 1.4) to their student account? I have a student who tried this week and he got an error message saying "unknown user". Last year, my students who had their own traditional Scratch accounts were able to successfully upload from the Pi. Thanks!
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Following up on the Raspberry Pi issue, we did finally get projects from Pi to upload to students accounts. User error suspected. Cheers.
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Glad to hear you were able to upload to student accounts :) Have a good day!
Administrator
The ScratchEd Team, with help from the amazing Christan Balch, will be hosting a Twitter chat on teacher accounts this coming Monday, October 24 at 7pm EST.

We hope you'll join us for the discussion! 
Willa, on behalf of the ScratchEd Team 

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I have registered and been accepted for a Scratch teacher account, but I cant see where to create and manage a class. I would appreciate some help. I'm not even sure which URL I should be using: https://scratch.mit.edu/educators/ or http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/

Please confirm URL and path to create a class.

Thanks,
Linda
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Hi Linda. Scratch Teacher Accounts are created and found on scratch.mit.edu. When you created your account did you do this through the Teacher Account registration process on this page? If not, you may have created a regular Scratch account instead of a Teacher Account which would explain why you are unable to see the Teacher Account features. If you are comfortable sharing your Scratch username here, I may be able to check on the status of the account for you. If not, that's totally fine. You can always send a message to help@scratch.mit.edu and I can help you there.

Have you seen the Teacher Account FAQ video we created yet? I think it may be help answer a lot of the questions you have. You can find that video here: https://scratch.mit.edu/educators/faq
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Hi Christan, 
Yes, I did register on the teacher page, with the username lindawollan, and received two emails back. The first confirmed that 'Your application for an account is currently being reviewed. Any account applications that are not from teachers/educators will not be approved'. The second email said 'Your ScratchEd account for lindawollan has been approved'. I then followed the links and changed passwords, etc.

I can sign into both https://scratch.mit.edu/ and http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/ but nowhere do I see the purple banner that has the My Classes, Educator Resources and Teacher Account FAQ buttons on it. 

I tried emailing scratch@mit.edu, but received an email back saying that they are  'very busy, so we’re not able to respond to all the messages we receive' - I assume that's an auto-reply :)

Would you please check my account to see whether I have the appropriate access? I would appreciate it.

Thanks,
Linda
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Hi Linda,

ScratchEd accounts (which is the account you are using here) are different from Scratch Teacher Accounts (which are found on scratch.mit.edu). Sorry if this is confusing!

It looks like the account "lindawollan" was created six months ago - we had not released Teachers Account when you created this so it is a regular Scratch account, not a Teacher Account.

Might you have created another account using a different username? (The username can be found in the emails that you received.) If not, that's okay. You can make a Teacher Account here: https://scratch.mit.edu/educators/register

I hope this helps!

Thanks,
christan
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Thanks Christan. I assumed that the account I created 6 months ago, was a teacher account, as it had to be approved with all my teacher details given. I have now created another account giving all the same credentials - unfortunately I had to use a different user name, which is even more confusing, as I now have two accounts :(

I'm now waiting again to be accepted as a teacher, so I can get going.
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Removing a student from a class.  A number of students have been added to the wrong class. I would like to "eject" them from the current class and add them to the other. I don't want to delete the student, just remove them from the class panel. 
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Hi George. Currently, it is not possible to move students from one class to another. You will need to create a new account for those students. Apologies for the inconvenience. 
Member
Thanks for the quick reply..  Is there anyway to remove the accounts from the class list that are not needed? This will become a bit confusing.
Member
Hi George. Currently, there is no way to quickly delete or edit the account from within the Teacher Account. 

The deletion menu is within the Student Account, so you must first log in with the student (or log in yourself, if you've created the account in error), and navigate from the top-right dropdown: Account Settings > Account > "I want to delete my account".

I hope this helps!
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How do I quickly and easily sign into my teacher account? I have one, it has been verified, but I keep getting kicked to the regular Scratch Ed account. Please help.

 
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Hi Jessie! In order to help, I will need a bit more information. Since I do not want to ask for account information publicly, will you send a message to help@scratch.mit.edu with your Scratch Teacher Account username and the email address associated with the account. I can help you there. Thanks!
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I tried to sign up for a teacher account last night but never received a confirmation email.  I am using the same email address that I used for my personal account. Could that be the problem?  Is there any way to change my personal account into a teacher account?

Meg Franks
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Hi Meg. If you email help@scratch.mit.edu, I can help you there (I don't want to ask you for the verification details here since we ask for that stuff to stay private on Scratch). In the email you send, please provide the username and email address of the Teacher Account you created. Thanks! :)
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Hi

I think the Teacher Accounts are great and have set up my class. Although I used a csv file to set up username and passwords, the students still had to complete their personal info (age, gender, country etc) themselves. Is it possible for me to include this in the csv so that they skip this step?

Thank you!
 
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Hi Chris! Thanks for the question. Currently, it is not possible to include this information in the CSV file during account creation. I will pass along your suggestion as something to consider as we continue iterating and improving upon Scratch Teacher Accounts. :)
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I am having trouble figuring out how these teacher accounts work. I added a student to a test class using a generated link and it says that student in the class. If I heard right, I have to make all of the kids in my class curators in order to see all of their work in one place. I don't really understand what that means, but I tried to do that with my test student by clicking Invite Curators and selecting that student and clicking Add but a message shows up saying that only members of the class can be curators. This person is already in the class but can't be added as a curator.

I'm trying to figure out what the benefit is to using a Teacher Account versus just having the kids make accounts and share links with me. I thought these accounts would be easier to navigate and allow a teacher to give a course code or link to students who would then enroll in the class and all projects that students created would appear in that classroom. It seems there is an awful lot of set up required to get this working and I'm having trouble figuring it all out.

I have many new students to Scratch and they are not happy about being forced to share their very beginner work with the universe. I get the whole Share with All thing but there should be occasions that teachers (especially of younger students) should be afforded the option to wall off their classes so kids are free to learn and experiment without doing it in public. 
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I have the same issue in that I don't want my students' work to be visible to the entire community due to their age, lack of parental approval, and privacy.  I also have an additional constraint that students are using Chromebooks and therefore cannot use the offline version.  I have found a potential solution.  I came across a Scatch X version of Scratch that is not supported by Scratch but has been working so far.  It has the same look and all of the features of the on-line Scratch account with the addition of an extension for the Finch robot. 

The benefits are that 1) It can be used on-line without an account, 2) the students can use it on a chromebook 3) the students can save their work directly to Google Drive.  They can then submit their work to me via Google Classroom or, if you are not using Google classroom, they could share the file with you.  I have not yet tested having to grade all of these but I think it might not be a problem if I download the off-line editor on my Mac.

If a student wants to share their work with the community, and gets their parents' permission to create an online Scratch account, they can always upload their Scratch program to that account. 

Good luck!
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Hi Paula, another option you might like to try is ITCH. We host our own version of scratch.  We keep all your students projects visible for commenting only to your class. As an added benefit, we provide support for submitting projects to the teacher for grading with rubrics in our learning management system.
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If you go to https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/ you can use the File / Download to Your Computer to save work without an account and File / Upload from Your Computer to load saved work from your computer. When you are on a Chromebook, this will use Google Drive for where things are saved. This lets you use the Scratch2.0 editor to create projects.
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Thanks for the Chromebook info Vicky! We continue to use the offline version on our Mac laptops, but this is good to know for our Chromebooks. I'm still patiently waiting for a Google sign-on option :)
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Hi Ann! Thanks for the post. Scratch Teacher Accounts are new, and our team is still working out the kinks - thanks to comments from people like yourself!


Regarding your question about studios, all Student Accounts created within a class will automatically be added as curators for any studios created in that class. We have noticed a 10-15 minute delay in seeing these Student Accounts appear in the “curator” section of the class; perhaps this is what happened during your test?

When we built Student Accounts, we made the decision to align these accounts with regular Scratcher accounts in many ways, including their relationship to the greater community. This was because we have seen time and again the importance of the community in supporting and encouraging Scratchers to keep coding. That said, we also understand your concerns about sharing publicly on Scratch. Keep in mind that you can always choose to use the offline version of Scratch instead, which removes the online community entirely from the equation.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts. Hopefully I have provided a bit of insight into how these accounts work, and why we built them that way. We welcome any other feedback you may have.

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Setting up the student accounts for my classrooms.  I just accidently added a group of students with a .csv upload to the wrong classroom.  There appears to be no way to manually move them across to their correct classroom and I am unable to delete their accounts.

Any suggestions to get the moved into their correct classroom and out of the "test" classroom?  I'm probably just going to rename test to Grade 8 but for my own information is there a way to move a student or do they have the option to Leave a classroom and then join another?

 
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New ot Scratch and ScratchEd. 
Have my class set up, kids are coding so life is good.
HOWEVER, is there a way for me to see their work easily?  Is this what the studio function is for?  Am I missing a help file or video on this topic.  I watched the intro video which was helpful, but when he created the sample "Studio" he really didn't explain its function.
I appologize if I have missed this post or instruction.
Thank you!
 
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I've been trying to test adding in a student account from the email link, but any username I try using has already been taken according to the error message that gets generated.

The only thing that's worked is the CSV import. 

I'm also unclear about the accessibility of the Student account: If I close a class, does the Student account that is created become unusable to the student? Is the workflow to get them to create a personal scratch account and transfer the work done from the teacher created Student account, to their new personal account? 
 
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So excited about teacher accounts!  Yay!  I have a quick question...once I've set up each class, and added my students, how do they log in?  Do they sign in with my teacher username and password?  

Also, I set up a test student to try to figure this out myself...how can I delete that test student?  Thank you!
 
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Hi Karen. Good questions! The password for student accounts depends on how you created their accounts. Did you use a CSV, email link, or create the accounts one at a time?

If you used a CSV then you predetermined their password when you created the accounts.
If you used the email link, then students create their own password by following the link.
If you created the accounts one by one, then the password is your Teacher Account username (they will be prompted to change this after logging in for the first time).

In order to delete the test account, you will need to sign into that account and delete it through the Account Settings menu.

We have created a Teacher Account FAQ page as well as a video about Teacher Accounts that I think might be helpful in answering some of your questions :)

I hope this helps!
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Hi Christan,

I would lik to provide the Traditional Chinese subtitle for the " video about Teacher Accounts".
Youtube can antomatically gernerate a English .srt file
May I have the English .srt file so that I can do the transaltion? 


YH.

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Perfect, thank you so much!  
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Thank you, thank, you, THANK YOU!
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So excited about the teacher accounts! Is there a limit to the number of students that can be assigned to a class? I noticed that the csv file upload has a limit of 50.

Thank you Scratch Team! You are all heroes!
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Hi Bradley! Nope, there is no limit to the number of students that can be assigned to a class. :)
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