If your school or college has enabled access to NoodleTools through Google Workspace, you can register and access NoodleTools without the need to remember a separate personal username and password. This tutorial covers these topics:
- Accessing NoodleTools through Google
- Logging into NoodleTools
- Account setup
- Registering your account
- NoodleTools Companion
- Unlinking a NoodleTools account from a Google account
1. Accessing NoodleTools through Google
There are three methods for entering NoodleTools through Google.
Option 1: Click NoodleTools in the Google "waffle" menu (not applicable to iPad/mobile users)
Log in to NoodleTools through the button found within the Google Workspace Universal Navigation Bar (we often refer to it as the "waffle" menu) as pictured below. Note that 3rd-party apps do not appear in the menu from the Google home page at google.com. You need to be in a Google App like Gmail or Google Drive.
Option 2: Custom URL
You can open NoodleTools from a customized link that matches your school's Google domain (the part of your Google email address after the "@"). The link should be constructed link this:
...where “abc” in the URL would be replaced by your school’s/district’s Google Workspace domain. Note that if your “student” domain is different than your “teacher” domain, there would be two separate URLs for this purpose.
Option 3: Click the "Google" button on the login screen
The main NoodleTools login screen is here:
You can click the "Google" button in the "Sign In / Register with..." area of the login screen as pictured below.
2. Logging into NoodleTools
After entering via one of the three methods described above, you may be prompted to select your Google Workspace account if you aren't already logged in, or if 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 "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 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google account
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 Google Workspace 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.