With all the great educational websites out there, signing up your class to a new website can be a very time-consuming exercise.
Depending on the website, this might be done by:
- uploading a list of students and their email addresses,
- providing a link to the class’s signup page (e.g. as with edmodo), or
- Arduously signing up each student, one by one.
If the website wasn’t designed with classes in mind, individual sign ups might be the only way. In this case, the person signing up will need access to the email address so that it can be confirmed.
The teacher has two choices, show the students how to sign up to the website themselves (this might take up half the lesson even if things don’t go awry) or do it for them. But wait… you don’t have access to their emails, you need to confirm registrations and you don’t have 30 different email address of your own.
Except you do.
Enter Gmail. With one address you can append a + to your user name (the part before the @ sign) to create an infinite number of possible new addresses. Each of these will arrive at your email address.
For instance, emails sent to:
will all arrive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an added bonus, these emails can easily be filtered within gmail so that they are placed in a class folder on arrival.
I use this by having a dedicated class email address, like email@example.com and then each sign up is
I also find this useful when setting up group accounts, as no single student is an owner
Just as an extra tidbit, those dots you use in your gmail address? They’re ignored. So if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org will all arrive at the same account. Try it out!