Educators

Setting up Fantasy Congress for the classroom

Fantasy Congress is an excellent tool for sparking interest in government and only takes a couple of minutes to set up. This page is a resource for setting up Fantasy Congress using the features provided in our educator’s package. If you are unfamiliar with Fantasy Congress, be sure to check out the How to Play page to learn the rules and structure of the game.

We know many educators receive limited financial support for projects. In light of this, all our data about congress is publicly available. This means students can still play and benefit from Fantasy Congress, regardless of school funding. You can find instructions for how to play offline here.

Getting Started

Check out the video below for a quick overview of setting up a league, adding students, and creating teams.

Fantasy Congress was designed with flexibility in mind, so there are a variety of set up options for the classroom. The resources below provide guidance on all the features available for classroom use.

Managing Students

Students must have an account in order to use the website. You can create, edit, and remove student accounts as necessary. No personal information is required to create a student account, only a username and password.

Managing student accounts takes place on the Students page.

There are two methods for creating student accounts:

Use your unique sign up page - This is the recommended method for creating student accounts. On the Students page, you will see a section titled “Sign Up Page”. This section displays a URL and passphrase. Share the URL and passphrase with your students. When students enter a username, password, and your passphrase, they will automatically be registered as a student under your account.

Create student accounts yourself - If you only need to add a handful of students, it may be easier to create the accounts yourself. In the “Add Student” section of the Students page, enter a username and password for each student. Then, inform each student of their unique username and password.

You can edit a student’s username or change their password by clicking on the student’s username.

If you need to remove students, click the check mark next to their name. In the drop down below the list of students choose “Remove students”, then click the submit button.

Managing Leagues

Any time you log in, you’ll land on the Leagues page. This page lists all the leagues associated with your account. 

Create a league by clicking the blue “New League” button in the top right corner of the page. Then, enter the settings for your league and submit. From the Leagues page, click it’s name and you’ll be taken to the league dashboard: the central resource for everything happening in this league. 

If you need to make changes to the league, you can do so on the settings page. The settings page is where you can add and remove teams, as well as add and remove students from the league. Students must be explicitly added to a league in order to create a team and play. You can access the settings page by clicking the gray “Edit Settings” button in the league dashboard.

You can also set a league passphrase. This can be used as a valid passphrase when students register using your sign up page. The difference is that any student registering with a league passphrase will automatically be added to that league. 

If you need to remove a league, you can delete it from your account at the bottom of it’s settings page.

Managing Teams

When students are added to a league, they have the ability to create a team. This is available in the “My Team” section at the bottom of the league dashboard.

Once they are a team owner, students can not be added to any other team. They also have the ability to add other students as owners to their team. Having multiple owners for a team is useful if you’re using Fantasy Congress as a group project. 

As an educator, you can edit and delete any student team. From the league dashboard, click the team’s name and then click the gray “Edit Settings” button. This will allow you to change the team’s name, add or remove owners, or delete the team entirely.

Once your teams are in place you’re ready to draft and start your season. 

Questions?

Fantasy Congress is a work in progress and your feedback is more than welcome! Send in your thoughts and questions here.