Thursday, July 12, 2012

Problem: Student Email Address Required for Login

Many websites require student email addresses when registering or logging in.  How do you solve that problem if your students don't have individual email addresses?  I have a simple way to solve that problem!

1. Create an email address using Gmail.  I gave mine an easy to remember name (4mrswhitehead).
2.  When creating accounts, students will simply use this email address with a + and their name or number before the @ (4mrswhitehead+tom@gmail.com).
3.  Gmail recognizes this as a separate email address, but all correspondence goes to the original email address.  This way, students are not allowed to email using this address, but they can register and login in for websites. Also, if anyone tries to contact a student, you have record of it.
4.  As far as passwords, my students all had the same password (school name and number). The email account had a different password that they did not know.  You may have to confirm accounts sent as emails since your students don't have access to the account.

Some websites do not recognize this as separate email addresses, but those are few and far between.  I love that my students have the ability to have individual accounts while I am able to monitor their activity.


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7 comments:

  1. Great tip! Definite problem I've had. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Jen
    Lifelong Learning

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  2. I had no idea about this!!!!! Thank you!!!!!! :-)

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  3. I thought about doing this before but wasn't sure how well it would work. Thanks so much! This will definitely make my life easier!

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  4. Great, Thanks for the awesome tip.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! This is a great tip!

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