Add or Invite Students!

These steps should only be used if you do not use Google Classroom, Clever, or MS Teams Classroom for rostering. If you do, click the appropriate link to see how you can skip these steps and import your student roster directly into Formative.

Once your class has been created, the method you will choose to add a student to the class will depend on whether the student already has a Formative account, or if they have yet to set one up. Both processes start on the "Classes" tab.

To start, go to your "Classes" tab and click the + symbol on the far right of your class title to add students:


A popup window will open:

If your students do not have a Formative account yet

(If they do have accounts already, skip ahead.) You'll be able to create your students' accounts on their behalf, or send them an invitation to create their own accounts and join your class independently. Either method will work.

If students are in class with you or you want to send a mass email to the class, invite your students to create their own accounts and join your class:

  1. Provide your students with the Join link appearing at the top of the pop-up window and ask them to enter it into their browser's URL bar

  2. If they do not yet have a Formative account they will be prompted to sign-up for an account.

OR

  1. Provide them with the last 6-characters in the Join link (also known as the Join code)

  2. Direct them to app.formative.com/join

  3. They will be immediately prompted to enter the 6 character class join code

  4. If they do not yet have a Formative account they will be prompted to sign-up for an account.

If your students have access to email, you can send each of them an invitation from this popup:

  1. Enter the student's first and last name.

  2. Enter their email address.

  3. Your student will receive an email letting them know that an account has been created for them. They can then login to Formative.

If your students do not have access to email, you can set up their account with a username and password:

  1. Enter the student's first and last name.

  2. Enter a username for them.

  3. Set up a password for the student. There are no requirements when creating the password so it can be very simple. You can reset it at any time.

  4. Provide your students with the username and password you've created for them so they could login to their newly created Formative account.

Note: If the username you've chosen is already taken, you'll get an error message and have to pick a different one.

If your students already have Formative accounts

You have the option to either add your students to your class manually or send them an invitation to join your class on their own.

Invite students via a Class join link or join code:

  1. Provide your students with the Join link appearing at the top of the pop-up window and ask them to enter it into their browser's URL bar

  2. If they do not yet have a Formative account they will be prompted to sign-up for an account.

OR

  1. Provide them with the last 6-characters in the Join link (also known as the Join code)

  2. Direct them to app.formative.com/join

  3. They will be immediately prompted to enter the 6 character class join code

  4. If they do not yet have a Formative account they will be prompted to sign-up for an account.

Add students using their existing Formative account credentials:

  1. Enter the student's first and last name.

  2. Enter the student's email address or username (depending on their individual accounts)

  3. If the student already has a Formative account the username can be reused for multiple classes. It's verified by matching the first and last name. You will not be able to enter a password because the student already has one.

Troubleshooting tips

How can I tell if my student has accepted the invite?

Expand your class and check the "Last Seen" column. Students who have not logged in will show as "never" seen! (Coming soon: Students will show as "invited" if they have not logged in yet.)

I invited a student by mistake / I entered an incorrect email for a student - what do I do?

If you've invited a student by mistake, or accidentally entered an incorrect email address and the student has not accepted the invitation yet, you can cancel the invitation:

  1. Check mark the box next to the student's name

  2. Click on "Remove invite" from the menu at the bottom of the page

  3. Confirm that you want to remove the invitation for the student

If the student accepted the invitation, you can archive them from the class:

  1. Check mark the box next to the student's name

  2. Click on "Archive" from the menu at the bottom of the page

  3. Confirm archiving the student

Please note: If, for some reason, a student has accidentally created a Teacher account on Formative instead of a Student account - you will not be able to add them to your class until they have deleted the Teacher account. In this case, a message will appear on your screen informing you of the issue and providing a link to the solution

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