Teachers, the classes you create in Tinkercad Classrooms are now available for any student, regardless of how they choose to sign-in. It no longer matters whether a student signs-in with their Google account, their nickname, or their email. So long as they have the Tinkercad class code you’ve provided, any student can join your class and appear in your Tinkercad Classrooms dashboard.
Benefits of Tinkercad Classrooms
Tinkercad Classrooms are designed to simplify the sign-on process for students and provide educators with more control and visibility of student activity in Tinkercad.
Over the years, teachers have told us that one of the biggest hurdles to using Tinkercad with their students is simply getting everyone logged in. Email verification, lost passwords, confusion over sign-in options — all of it can lead to unproductive time and frustration.
When a teacher creates a class for their students in Tinkercad Classrooms, it creates a smoother experience for both students and teachers and reduces the amount of time it takes for everyone to get started.
As a teacher, Tinkercad Classrooms provide you with a comprehensive view of all your student’s work in Tinkercad. With Tinkercad Classrooms you can:
Organize students into Classes (250max/Class) Review and edit students’ designs and profile Moderate students’ activities, commenting, liking (if enabled) Ensure students’ online safety and privacy with “Safe Mode” Browse a class gallery for an overview of all student designs
For teachers who’ve grown accustomed to using our older Moderated Accounts system for managing groups of students, you can now find your existing students in Tinkercad Classrooms. The workflow for adding new students may be different from what you’re used to, but the moderation tools are essentially the same. Please see our FAQ for any questions about the transition from Moderated Accounts to Tinkercad Classrooms.
How Teachers Use Tinkercad Classrooms
As a teacher, the first step in creating a Tinkercad Classrooms class for your students is to make sure that your own Tinkercad profile is identified as a teacher account. You’re asked to make this distinction when you first sign up, but you can also change your account type at any time from your profile page once you’ve signed in.
Having a teacher account gives you access to a special menu item found in the top bar of Tinkercad called “Classes” (also located in your account menu). Clicking it will take you to a page where you can create or find previously created Tinkercad Classes.
Clicking the “Create new class” button prompts you to enter a class name, age/grade level, and subject. Once entered, click the “Create class” button.
Next, you’ll be given an opportunity to add your students individually by simply entering in their name. You also have the option of pasting in a list of names and adding an entire class in one step. In either case, a nickname for each student will be generated automatically which you can customize at any time.
Using this nickname and the class code generated in the next step, a student can quickly sign-in to Tinkercad even if they’ve never created an account. We call this sign-in method a Class Seat, since it’s prepared by the teacher in advance, just as you would a seat in an actual classroom.
As we’ve mentioned, though, students can now join your class even if aContinue reading