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Getting Started

Create a Teacher Account
Educators can join and participate in the Write About community for free. Click ‘Register’ and select your Username and Password (email also required) OR register with your Google account by clicking the ‘Google’ button. If you are not signed in to Google, you will be prompted to do so.

Upgrading Account with Promotional Code
If you were provided with a promotional code, please watch this video for instructions on how to upgrade.

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Upgrading Account with Promotional Code
If you were provided with a promotional code, please watch this video for instructions on how to upgrade.

Connecting to Your School or District
If your school or district has a Write About account, you can enter your District Code when creating a regular (non-Google) account via the Registration form.

If you would like to connect to your district using a Google Apps account, please register using the ‘Sign In With Google’ button and then visit writeabout.com/joindistrict to enter your District Code and connect your account.

If you have previously registered on Write About and your school or district has subsequently upgraded to a District plan, you can connect your current account to the district by visiting writeabout.com/joindistrict and entering your District Code.

Students will automatically gain access to District level features when the teacher they are associated with joins the District.

Set Up Student Accounts

Teacher Code
Each teacher is assigned a 6 digit alpha-numeric code. Students added will be associated with that code and need it to sign in. If students are registering themselves, they will need the code to register.

The teacher code can be located on the Home page or your Manage Students dashboard.

Adding Students
You can create up to 40 student accounts for free. To see the details of Free, Classroom, and Classroom Plus accounts, view the Memberships page.

Students can be added by their teacher from the Manage Students dashboard.  A first name, username and password are required.

  • Usernames cannot be changed later.
  • An email address is optional.
  • Only first names will be displayed to other users, but usernames are shown in URLs of their public work.
  • The last names field is optional and should not be provided for students under 13.
  • Never user a student’s full name in their username.

Students can also sign themselves up by creating their own username and password or by using their Google account from the ‘Register’ link. Students creating an account will need their teacher’s Teacher Code.

Student Google Accounts
If you would like students to login with their school Google accounts, they will simply need the Teacher Code and to use the ‘Register’ link.

Student Usernames
Student usernames must be unique to the teacher they are associated with and can be made up of letters, numbers, or a combination. Please do not include a student’s last name in their username and use at least 4 characters.

Default Settings
When adding students individually or in bulk, you can select default publishing permissions. These can always be updated later from the ‘Manage Students’ tab. View the Managing Students section for details.

Individually
Add students 1 at-a-time by selecting the ‘Add Student’ button and then ‘Add Student’. A first name, username and password is required for each student.

Bulk CSV
Add many students at a time by using a spreadsheet and saving the file as a .csv. A sample file can be downloaded and edited. Start by selecting the ‘Add Student’ button and then ‘Add Multiple Students’. Detailed instructions for formatting the spreadsheet are provided. Upload the file and then select the ‘Upload CSV’ button.

CSV via Chromebook
This can be tricky. If you are using a Chromebook, you will need to export a Google Spreadsheet as a .CSV file to your Drive. If possible, you might want to do this from a PC or Mac.

Student Signup
Students can register themselves by using the Teacher Code. After clicking ‘Register’ and entering the code, they will need to either create an account manually or by using their Google login. Creating an account manually requires a first name, username and password. Usernames cannot be changed later. An email address is optional. Only first names will be displayed to other users. Last names are optional and should not be provided for students under 13. No name, username or password is needed when clicking the ‘Google’ button (these will be imported from Google). If they are not signed in to Google, they will be prompted to do so.

Send This To Your Tech Team:
To ensure the best Write About experience for you and your students, make sure you are using a supported web browser and that your network is not blocking any of the platform. This Technical Troubleshooting page can be used by IT staff to ensure compatibility.

Parental Consent
If you have students under the age of 13, please ensure you have attained appropriate parental consent to use an online learning tool and for students to publish work online. Sometimes districts and schools have this covered in their “internet permission” or other paperwork filled out at the beginning of the year. If not, or as an added way of keeping families updated, feel free to download and edit our sample parent letter here.

Viewing Student Activity
Teachers can quickly see what their students are up to from the ‘My Students’ tab after clicking ‘Students’. View students from specific class groups or sort by first name. A time is displayed to show when the students were last active and a number is shown for Posts, Private Posts, Drafts and Comments. Clicking the number associated with an area will take you to that student’s work.