This step-by step guide is intended for schools that are looking into a subscription of Arduino Create Chrome App for Education, and what to expect when purchasing.
If you are an individual not in an education environment and want to use the Arduino Chrome App on your personal Chromebook, please visit the store. (Note that there is a five-day free trial.)
The Arduino Create Chrome App for Education allows students to write code and upload sketches to official Arduino boards (including Uno, 101, Mega, Mega ADK, Esplora, Nano ATmega328, Micro, Zero, MKR1000, MKR WiFi 1010, MKR Zero, MKR Fox 1200, MKR GSM 1400, MKR WAN 1300, Pro and Pro Mini ATmega328) from your browser on Chrome OS devices.
Arduino Create is hosted online, therefore it will always be up-to-date with the latest features and support for new boards. Students' sketchbooks are saved on the cloud, always backed up and accessible from any device.
How can I just test the app?
If you want to test the product properly and before enrolling your class, you may subscribe just one person (i.e., yourself). It will cost you only 40 cents for a one month subscription. At the end of the first month, if you’re not satisfied with the it, just cancel the one subscription. Hopefully, though, you will be pleased. Then you can add your students and change your subscription plan.
Steps to Subscribe
To subscribe, you will need to create an Arduino ID, decide on a subscription plan, and provide information on your school. You’ll also need a valid credit card or a US bank account, and the email addresses of the those you want to enrol. We also have a solution for students that do not have access to email.
Create an Arduino Account
An Arduino account for your school is necessary to purchase a subscription. Create a new Arduino Account via this link. You will be shown in your web browser a registration form. After you’ve completed it, hit the Create Account button. You’ll quickly receive an email with a link to activate your account. Click on that link to confirm the account.
Select a Plan
Our subscription plans are monthly. All plans will allow your students to use the online Editor on any Chrome OS device.
Go to https://create.arduino.cc/plans/chrome-app and click on the plan that best suits your needs, based on the number of students you would like to enroll. Don't worry if you select a smaller plan and then enroll a more students, we’ll automatically adjust the subscription to accommodate the extra students.
When selecting a plan, you will be asked to log in. Now it's the time to use your credentials.
Enter School Information
We need a few details about your school, in particular, billing information and where to email invoices each month. We also need a copy of the school’s tax exempt certificate, if you have it. You can upload a copy of it in either PDF or JPG format, but it can’t be more than 5MB.
Select the Number of Seats
Next, you have to enter the number of seats for your class or school, based on the number of students you would like to enroll. We will automatically update the rate based on the quantity you enter, regardless of the plan you chose. You’ll be able to adjust the size of your plan and the number of seats after your registration has been completed. You can do this on your Plan page.
Choose Payment Method
You can subscribe with a valid credit card or pay by monthly automatic wire transfer (requires a U.S. bank account that is part the ACH system). Following this section is a sub-section with information on each choice. Please read the section that relates to the payment method you choose. You may skip the other.
What payment methods are available?
You can subscribe either with a valid credit card, or by setting up an automatic draft on your bank account. For credit card subscriptions, we’ll charge your card once a month. For the bank draft method, we will execute a bank transfer monthly using the ACH wire transfer system. We plan to add a purchase order option in the future.
Credit Card Method
If you choose to pay by this method, your credit card information will be saved by Stripe so that you won’t have to enter it again, even if you change your plan or the number of students.
When is my credit card charged and when will I be invoiced?
Your credit card is charged when you first subscribe to a plan. It is then charged on a monthly basis, on the same day of the month when you first subscribed. Invoices will be sent out at the end of the billing cycle.
ACH Wire Transfer Method
When choosing the monthly ACH wire transfer payment method, you will be asked how many months you would like to subscribe. If you’re not sure, you can choose a short term and change the subscription duration later. We just need a minimum length of time to start.
Next, click on the checkbox to confirm you have an ACH transfer-enabled U.S. bank account. Then click on the button below it, Pay with Wire Transfer.
Once we have verified that the correct amount will be transferred, we will send you a few emails about the billing invoice and related to installing the Chrome App.
When will the wire transfer be processed?
The initial wire transfer is processed when you first subscribe. It is than processed on a monthly, on the same day of the month when you first subscribed. Invoices will be sent out at the end of the billing cycle.
Install the Chrome App on Your Devices
Students may now install the app on their devices by going to this Chrome App Store link and selecting Install.
If a student is unable to install the app, please have your system administrator assist them, or they can view this tutorial. Incidentally, a system administrator can bulk install the app on several Chrome OS devices at the same time.
Create a Group and Add Students
Click on See Your Plan to access your subscription settings. From there, you may enter information on students to allow them to use the Arduino Chrome App for Education.
First you should provide a group name (e.g., "Robotic Class" or "3rd Grade"). This is useful for being able to manage everyone in a particular group. For instance, you can easily remove all of the members. You might do this if you have a few people who will use the Chrome app for only a few weeks.
Next, enter your students' email addresses for the group you create. You can do so by typing each email address and then clicking the Add button. If you have a list of email addresses in a text document, you can just copy and paste them into the large input field. You can also upload a CSV (comma separated values) file containing only one column of data, just the email addresses.
You, as a teacher using the Chrome App, don’t need to add your email address to the list since access is free for you as long as the subscription associated with your Arduino account is active.
If an email address is somehow entered incorrectly, you’ll see an error message. Either correct or delete the incorrect email address.
Invites to Access the Chrome App
We will send an invitation email to all of the students you entered. The student’s email address must be the same one they will use for their Arduino ID.
What about students who can’t receive emails?
When you purchase a license for your students, an invite will be generated for each. This will include a short URL which will direct them to an online form to enrol without receiving any mails to their email addresses. You can give them that short URL to type into their web browser.
To make it easier to distribute, you can print the page listing the invites and then cut it into strips, one for each student. Please note that these students won’t be able to recover their passwords.
Your plan has a few settings available: Members, Classrooms, Billing, School Info, and Help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit the Arduino Chrome App section in our Help Center to see the frequently asked questions and their answers.