As a new technology teacher, I have found a variety of open source software I'd eventually like to use in the classroom.  However, many many sites require students to login using an email address.  Only 40% or so of my students HAVE email.  How can I get the students to utilize these programs if they cannot sign up?

 

Any ideas would be great.

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I wish OpenID is supported even more widely than it is now. See: http://openid.net/get-an-openid/what-is-openid/

I can't think of a better way than telling the creator of the software/application to include OpenID support in their application.
This looks like a great idea. Unfortunately, many of the sites I visit do not use Open ID like you said.
I've been wondering the same thing since I work with 5th graders and I'm the band teacher. I don't have a lot of time with the kids or their parents to explain how to work with a lot of different tools. I know that some people set up accounts with gmail, (ie. rgsstudent1, rgsstudent2, etc) and then have maybe 25 of them so that a class could work during a period. But that's a lot of upkeep of the accounts you'd have to do. What IS the best answer to this? I'm anxiously awaiting more replies.
Have you looked into a free account with gaggle.(https://gaggle.net/) or EPals(http://www.epals.com)

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