1. To get started with ZenGengo, the first step is to create a folder to store all of your assignments, lessons, and submissions. To do this, click the "New Folder" button from the Home screen:
2. Clicking "New Folder" will launch the folder creation wizard. The wizard presents some very important choices that will affect the way you can utilize ZenGengo assignments, lessons, and courses. The first step in the wizard is to enter the name of your folder. We recommend you use the name of a class you are teaching:
3. After you have entered the name of your folder, click "Next". The next step of the wizard will depend on whether you have already linked your ZenGengo account to your Google classroom account. If you have not yet linked your ZenGengo account to Google Classroom, or you do not wish to use Google Classroom, skip ahead to step 5. If you have already linked it, you will see the option to pair this folder to a specific Google Classroom class:
4. If you decide to pair this folder with a Google Classroom class, check the toggle button "on" and click "Next". On the next page, you will see a list of classes to choose from. Choose the Google Classroom class you would like to pair the folder with, and click "Finish". Your folder set up will then be complete, and you can share assignments from ZenGengo to Google Classroom.
5. If you have not yet linked your ZenGengo account to Google Classroom or you do not wish to pair this folder with a Google Classroom class, you will see the following submission options:
Collect details on submission
Collect details on submission is the easiest way to get started with ZenGengo. Every time a student submits an assignment or a lesson, they will type their name, and optionally their email and student ID number. However, you will not be able to use the ZenGengo grade book if you choose this option.
Specify a list of students in advance
If you already have a list of student names (and optionally emails and ID numbers) you can select this option to upload your list of names to ZenGengo. When students submit assignments or lessons, they will choose their name from a dropdown list. While this is convenient, it is not recommend for high-stakes testing environments.
Require login with Google or Microsoft
Requiring students to login to ZenGengo with their Google or Microsoft account is the final option. The onboarding process is a little more involved, but it is the most secure option. You must choose this option if you wish to create ZenGengo Courses.
6. Check the submission option you wish to utilize and then click the "Next" button. The next screen will depend on the option you have chosen in step 5. If you have chosen "Collect details on submission" you will be able to specify which details you wish to collect. Student name is always required, but student email and ID are optional. If you wish to send feedback to students by email, you must check "collect student email" in this step:
If you have chosen "Specify list of students in advance", you will be able to choose which details you want to specify (name is required, email and ID are optional). You will also see a text area into which you can paste a list of students from a spreadsheet. If you wish to send feedback to students by email, you must check "specify student email" in this step.
Finally, if you have chosen "Require login with Google or Microsoft", you will have the option to restrict the domain from which students can join the folder. Enter the part of the domain after the "@" symbol to restrict students to your institutional domain:
7. When you have completed all the steps above click "Finish" and your new ZenGengo folder will be created. You will see the folder dashboard:
8. The next step is to learn how to create ZenGengo assignments.