If your school or college has enabled access to NoodleTools through G Suite, you can register and access NoodleTools without the need to remember a separate personal username and password. This tutorial covers these topics:
- Accessing the installed app
- Logging into NoodleTools
- Account setup
- Registering your account
- NoodleTools Companion
- Unlinking a NoodleTools account from an G Suite ID
1. Accessing the installed app
Log in to NoodleTools through the button found within the G Suite Universal Navigation Bar as pictured below. Note that the app button does not appear in the menu found under the Google home/search page (at www.google.com). You need to be in another Google App, like Gmail or Google Drive.
If you are using an iPad or other mobile device, the Google app menu will not display the NoodleTools app. Thus, you will log in via one of the other two methods (customized URL or choosing your Google ID on the Google's login screen).
Alternatively, you can open NoodleTools from a customized link for your school, which looks similar to this:
...where “abc” in the URL would be replaced by your school’s/district’s G Suite domain. Note that if your “student” domain is different than your “teacher” domain, there would be two separate URLs for this purpose.
A third option for logging in to NoodleTools is to sign in under "Access via G Suite / Office 365" area of the main login screen (on the right side). You will be taken to Google's login page to choose your ID.
2. Logging into NoodleTools
Clicking on the NoodleTools app in the Universal Navigation Bar, navigating to the customized login page URL in a browser, or entering your Google email on the main login screen (under "Access via G Suite") initiates the login process. You may be prompted to select your G Suite account if you aren't already logged in, or you are logged in to multiple accounts.
If this is not your first time logging in this way, you will be automatically logged in and see your My Projects screen.
If this is your first time logging in this way, go to 3. Account setup below to create a new account or link an existing account to your Google ID.
3. Account setup
What you will see when you log in the first time with your Google ID depends on a few different factors, including how we've configured your subscription and whether your subscription is for one school, multiple schools, or a whole district/consortium.
If your subscription covers multiple schools, you may be prompted for one or more details as part of Account setup: Step 1. In cases where we don't require this information, you will automatically skip this step and go directly to Step 2 (see "Registering your account" below).
If prompted, identify the subscription you are logging in under (the school or district name) and the name of your specific location (the school, if the "subscription" was the district, a consortium name, etc.).
If the subscription covers just a subset of schools in a larger district, you may be prompted to enter a 6-digit school code. If required, this school code is provided to the school when we activate the subscription.
Click the button "Continue" to go to Step 2. See 4. Registering your account below on how to register a new NoodleTools account, or link a previously-created account to your new Google ID.
4. Registering your account
Under Account setup: Step 2, "I am a student or library patron" is selected by default. If you are a teacher, select "I am a teacher or librarian" (this option includes the Assignment Inbox feature that allows students to share projects with you).
A. New user
(If you have an existing account, go to the next section.)
If you are a new NoodleTools user, leave the "Create account" tab selected (default) and click the "Create Account" button.
On the next screen, under "Update Profile," select your graduation year (and name of your school, if necessary) and click "Save Profile."
The next screen will be My Projects in your new NoodleTools account.
B. Linking to a previously-created account
NOTE: This option applies only to schools that still have non-Google-linked accounts. If your school or district has always used G Suite for authentication, you will get only the "create" option.
If you have an older account that you previously accessed using a Personal ID and password (i.e. from a trial or from the subscription before G Suite authentication was enabled), select the "I have an existing account" tab. You will be prompted to enter your old Personal ID and password.
If you do not remember your password, your librarian or NoodleTools administrator can reset it for you (clicking the "Forgot your old password?" link opens our help page for administrators "How to reset a user's password in the admin area").
Click the button "Link Account." NoodleTools will link your old account to your Google ID and take you to the My Projects screen with your saved projects.
5. NoodleTools Companion
If you use G Suite to authenticate into NoodleTools, you can also access the NoodleTools Companion iOS/Android app. Locate the "Companion Key" in your NoodleTools user profile (under "My Account > My Profile") and use that key as the password for logging in to the app (in conjunction with your Google email as the username).
6. Unlinking a NoodleTools account from a G Suite ID
If you go through the screen to link an existing account or create a new account, and then realize you’ve made an error, you can unlink the account from your G Suite account to start over. For example, you might have linked to the wrong ID/password (sometimes students have made multiple accounts), or you may have created a new account when you meant to link to an existing one. See this article on how to fix this issue.