Student Single Sign On (SSO) Best Practices
What is student single sign on (SSO)?
Single sign on is a user authentication method that enables a student to have a single user name and password in order to access multiple applications.
Examples of K-12 SSO systems are Google Classroom, Clever, and Microsoft Classroom.
The student logs into the SSO system. When apps are integrated with an SSO system, the student has a one-click process to log in to the app.
Why you should use SSO
- Students do not need to remember multiple app-specific user names and passwords. Classroom time is therefore more efficient.
- The student has a single identity within an app: if a student is using an app in multiple classes with different teachers, all student work and assignments will be collected in a single account.
- When SSO is adopted at the school or district level, students can have a single user name for their entire K-12 career. School or district administrators can view data for a given student across multiple disciplines and classes, deriving a record of each student’s progress in all subjects and even across all grades.
Exploros and SSO Google Classroom: Exploros currently supports SSO via Google Classroom. If your school is a Google Classroom school, use the Import from Google Classroom method of connecting your students.
Other SSO system: If your school uses a different SSO system, we recommend that the school Student Information System (SIS) coordinator sets up the Exploros student accounts using the usernames and passwords from that system.
- SIS coordinator imports all students via the Import CSV method.
- Teachers do a one-time connection process: students log into Exploros and enter the private teacher code.
No school/district SSO policy: If your school does not have a SSO system and has no policy on student accounts, we recommend:
- If your students have school gmail accounts:Your students should use their gmail accounts to sign into Exploros via the “Log in with Google” button.
- Otherwise: You should consult with your school Student Information System (SIS) coordinator before importing your class. The lack of a SSO policy can lead to multiple digital identities for students across apps, classes, and grades.