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Create a Sandbox Class and Sandbox Student Account
Create a Sandbox Class and Sandbox Student Account

Add a practice/fake class with a practice/fake student for testing purposes.

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Written by Brooke Fodor
Updated over a week ago

Are you looking for a way to test your Assessments, Lessons, Class Board posts and more? Below, you will find information on how to create a practice/sandbox class with a practice/sandbox student account for testing purposes!

❗Please Note:

  • In order to implement these steps, your district needs to have manual rostering enabled.

  • These "Sandbox Students" can only be added to a "Sandbox Class." Adding a sandbox student to an already existing class in your account will only be temporary for the day. They will be removed during a nightly sync (if your district syncs with your SIS or Clever). In addition, it is advised that sandbox students are only added to sandbox classes in order to not interfere with real class data.

Create a Sandbox Class

  • Step 1: In a Teacher account, select the Classes Module. In an Admin account, select the District module.

  • Step 2: Select Add Class.

Some districts have this function turned off. If you do not see the "Add Class" button, please contact your administration and request that this be enabled so you may create your sandbox environment.

💡 Tip: While you do have the option to add students while creating the class, it might be helpful to first save the class "shell," then return to add one or more sandbox students to the class.

Add a Sandbox Student to a Class

  • Step 1: From the Classes Module, select the "sandbox class" that you created. If you have not created your sandbox class yet, please follow the steps listed above.

  • Step 2: Click Class Info.

  • Step 3: Enter the sandbox student's email and click Add. (This is a new/fake student. Do not use a student that already exists.) This email does not have to be real/functioning, unless you plan on testing Google items.

💡 Tip: If you want to test Google integration functions as a student, you will need to create a Gmail account for this practice student, then use that email to roster them into this sandbox class.

  • Step 4: Select Yes to create the student's account.

  • Step 5: Fill out the student information, then click Save. You will then need to click Save once more time, at the bottom of the Class Info page.

FAQ and Troubleshooting

Click to see FAQ and troubleshooting details.

If my district is rostered through an integration such as Clever or SIS (student information system), can I still create a sandbox class and sandbox student?

Yes! Manually added classes and students are not removed during a nightly sync. This means that any Otus user can utilize this process to create a sandbox environment in their account, as long as the district has manual rostering enabled.

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