Discouraged…

One problem I find discouraging is that many websites that have super cool activities on them require an email address in order to use them. I have some very tech-savvy 5th graders who would enjoy places like animoto.com but the email address thing stops me.

Next year I’d love to try to have every 5th grader come to school with an email address already in place, or permission so that I can get them one, in order to have more freedom. Of course, along with freedom comes responsibility and appropriateness. I wouldn’t mind teaching either of those things if we could just have access to more areas on the web!

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1 Comment

  1. Linda,
    I have been researching the same issue myself and have gotten some very interesting answers from my PLN.

    Larry Ferlazzo (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/) blogged about this list of disposable e-mail addresses found at
    http://www.sizlopedia.com/2007/05/27/top-20-temporary-and-disposable-email-services/

    Also Kevin Jarrett (http://www.ncs-tech.org) has successfully used Google Apps Team Edition in his district to create 140 e-mail accounts for his 8th grade students and had the e-mail verifications sent directly to him.

    So there are a few alternatives out there for educators that want to use the tools with students that don’t at the present time have e-mail accounts.

    Good luck!
    Lisa Thumann

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