If your school or district uses Google Apps for Education, you can choose to install NoodleTools as a Google App. This allows students and teachers to log in to NoodleTools through their Google Apps accounts (SSO means “single-sign-on”), without the need to authenticate into the school/district subscription or to remember a separate personal username and password.

Note that this is not a Chrome Web Store App or a Chrome extension. It is a Google Marketplace app that must be installed by the Google Apps for Education administrator of a school or district as described in Step 4. Google Apps SSO will work in any browser (it is not Chrome-specific).

Step 1: Requesting Google Apps SSO

Before you install the NoodleTools app from Google Marketplace, you will need to inform the NoodleTools team that you are going to be using Google SSO. We will coordinate with you to make sure the option is turned on for your school/district properly. Note that Google SSO will not work if you simply install the app on your side without informing NoodleTools – a switch must be flipped our side after you install the app for the integration to work.

To submit a request, please complete the short form here:

Requests will be handled in the order they are received. Since we handle a large number of these requests, it may take a few days for us to process your request and send a follow-up email to continue the process.

Step 2: Understanding the choices

Before you begin, there are a few key points to understand:

1. Google SSO is not required, just because your school uses Google Apps. If you would prefer to have students and teachers create their own accounts in NoodleTools that they access with a username/password of their choosing, that is not a problem at all.

2. When Google SSO is activated for your school or district:

  1. A user will need a Google Apps account at the school in order to use NoodleTools.
  2. Due to item (1), each user will only be able to create one personal account (the one tied to their Google ID).
  3. A user will not be able to create a standalone account under the school’s subscription that is not tied to a Google login.
  4. Users will only log in via one of the following: 
    1. By clicking the Google Apps NoodleTools button under the Google "waffle" menu.
    2. By entering their Google email address in the "Access via Google For Education" section on the right side of the main login page.
    3. By clicking a customized link in this form: https://my.noodletools.com/logon/gapps/landing/XXX ...where “XXX” in the URL would be replaced by your school’s/district’s Google Apps domain.

3. If students and teachers have existing NoodleTools accounts under the school and district, you can switch to use Google SSO and still access those existing accounts (for details on this, see step 5).

Step 3: Wait for confirmation

Please do not continue on to step 4 until we have received your request (step 1) and we have contacted you to confirm. Although you can install it at any time, the app will not work until we activate access for you on our side. It may take a few days for us to follow up with you after you have submitted your request.

Step 4: Installing the app from Google Marketplace


Once you have approval from NoodleTools to continue and you understand the caveats described in Step 2, you can install the app. Navigate to the NoodleTools app installation page here:

This will open the Google Apps Marketplace installation page for NoodleTools, pictured below. Click Install App to begin.

You will be prompted to grant certain permissions that NoodleTools requires for the integration. Mark the checkbox to agree to the conditions and click Accept.

Upon successful installation, you will see a few informational screens, including the one pictured below that allows you to notify Google Apps users that the NoodleTools app is now available to them.

Checking that the app is installed properly

If you have installed the NoodleTools app properly, you should see NoodleTools in the “Apps > Marketplace apps” section as pictured below (but with your domain).

Do not install the app under “Device Management” or anywhere else besides “Apps > Marketplace Apps.”

Verify that both students and teachers are able to open the Google Apps Universal Navigation Bar while in a different app (like Google Drive) and that the NoodleTools button appears at the bottom as described in "How to access NoodleTools through Google Apps."

Note that until we switch the feature on for your school or district, clicking on the button will bring up a webpage saying that either the school is not subscribed or that Google Apps SSO is not yet enabled for the subscription. This is the expected behavior.

Step 5: Accessing the installed app

Frequently Asked Technical Questions

We’ve installed the NoodleTools app in the Admin Console for all users, but we don’t see the NoodleTools app button under the Google “waffle” menu -- where is it?

The waffle menu on the google.com search page doesn't display third-party apps. Open a Google App like Mail or Drive, then open the waffle menu and you should see NoodleTools at the bottom, in the “More from Apps Marketplace” area.

We’ve installed the NoodleTools app but when we click it we get a message saying that the school is not subscribed or has not enabled Google Apps integration. What should we do?

This means that either (a) we have not switched the SSO option on for your subscription yet or (b) it was enabled but not with the proper domain. Contact us to either schedule a date/time to turn the feature on for you (or to check if there is a problem with the configuration).

For Chromebooks, can we install NoodleTools in the Google Apps Admin Console under “Device Management” so that a button shows up in the “App Launcher” area?

No, the NoodleTools app should be installed only under “Apps > Marketplace Apps” in the Admin Console. If it is installed and configured under “Device Management” a NoodleTools button will show up in the App Launcher, but users will get an error when they click on it, referring to “${DOMAIN_NAME}.”

If NoodleTools was added under Device Management, it can be removed by going to “Device Management > Chrome management > User Settings > Apps and Extensions > Force-installed Apps and Extensions > Manage force-installed apps.” This opens a pop-up window where you can remove NoodleTools.

What should we do if clicking on the NoodleTools app results in a “Webpage blocked” message in the browser?

The app requires that the Google Account Chooser be available to the user. Check that you have not blocked access to: