I am in need of an email program that my students can use within my classroom that is completely safe. I have a program that requires the students to have their own email accounts. The School District's Internet Policy states that the students can not use their own email addresses. I am hoping to find a program that I can register for an email address and that it will allow me to give my students an access code to an account for them. In this way my students will be completely safe. I will be the one to watch all of their activity. Does anyone know of such a program out there? Of course it has to be free too! Any help that you can give me is greatly appreciated.
Computer Literacy Teacher
I honestly haven't tried it, but I'd be interested to see if it works.
It would also be good to check out Google's Terms of Service.
I hope others will respond with their suggestions and experiences!
I just wrote an email to GMail to find out if they offer free, safe emails for my students. I will let you know what information I find out. I like your solution to create a dummy email address for the students. I will try it out and I will let you know how it goes.
Since 1999 I have recommended Gaggle.net in my trainings as a website where educators may find safe, free email accounts for use by their students in the classroom.
I called them to be sure I was giving you accurate information today and yes, they still have a free version. I have always heard good things from my teachers who use this website.
You can go to Gagggle.Net and sign up. If you try it, please let others know here what you think.
Does your school district have a website that teachers can log into for the many programs that run the district? At Pueblo City Schools (Pueblo, Colorado) students can do blogs, wiki's, e-mails etc. However, the teacher has to have the students assigned to them through the district website. We have Infinite Campus and Google mail that we use throughout the day. Ask your Media Specialist or contact your district tech person to get started. Good Luck!
Another good e-mail application with lots of teacher controls is ePals at http://www.epals.com/
This application is also being promoted through eNetColorado at http://www.enetcolorado.org
ePals also have an excellent Global Community where teachers can establish collaborations across the worls. Both are free
ePals is the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. With classrooms in 200 countries and territories, ePals makes it easy to connect learners locally, nationally or internationally.
Hi Jinny - I'm just wondering what you ended up going with? Did you hear back from Gmail? Were they helpful? Can you tell us a little about how you are going to use the student emails in your classes? What is the program that you are going to use that requires the students to have their own email addresses? I'm thinking there are probably other teachers using that same program and may have some experiences to share.
Our district does not have student email accounts either; however, it is not against school policy for students to access their email accounts at school. I can use student's personal email to communicate with them, and they can send me their work or messages. Nevertheless, I have issues with this format of communication. I would much rather students have a school email account that is filtered and archrived through the schools data base system. Our Technology Tech's response to this request is "Its too much to manage". So this summer I spent sometime looking for solutions. I also wanted to go as paperless as possible this year, so I combined this desire with my desire for students to have email accounts and started looking. After much research, trial and error, and signing up for one site after another to explore my options, I ended up signing up with Classjump. Classjump provides a simple interface for creating a virtual classroom to post bellwork, objectives, assignments, upload worksheets, handouts, classnews, pictures, links. etc... and each student receives their own account when they sign up. Each student has their own page where they can keep track of assignments, keep a calendar, receive messages from me, and email me. Classjump is free and easy to use. I no longer write objectives and bellwork for each class on the whiteboard everyday. (required in my district). Instead, I post them on my website along with assignment insturctions, documents students can print from home, class pictures, news, and save links to sites I use for instruction. The website has literally become an extention to my regular classroom. I know it is not a traditional email interface; however, I feel much more comfotable using the communication format within classjump to stay connected with my students. It is worth taking a look.
If you would like to take a look at my site you can access it at www.classjump.com/mrstownsend
Thank you for your information. I will look into using Classjump with my students. It looks very promising if for nothing else but to teach them how to design a web page. I teach Kindergarten to 6th grade students. I can see my students having a ball with this program.
I just registered for Gaggle, a free email for students. This is completely safe and private for the students. I even looked into G-mail. G-mail does have e-mails for students which is also very safe and private. The problem that I ran into with this is: my school is using G-mail for the teachers and staff. If the tech department sets the e-mail for private for the students it will also set the e-mail private for the teachers and all staff. That would cause a huge problem because no one would be able to send or receive e-mail outside our district.
Thank you for allowing me to look at your class web page. I like the look of your site. It looks that you can make it as long as you want and as complicated as you want. Can the students send you messages just to you? Can you create a blog on this site too? Is there a limited amount of students that can have a web page? May I contact you if I have any further questions?
Thank you for your help.
Though I have not had personal experience using this...I learned about a system called nicenet.org from a workshop(a while back) at Montclair State U.
It is a "non-profit" for educators and secondary level students...which allows for private messaging, document sharing and class responses...http://www.nicenet.net/ica/ica_info.cfm
Perhaps this can be adapted for students at your grade level...which I thought was discussed at the workshop I attended...
Hope this link offers something you can use...