Due to Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we do not provide any email accounts for our students.  We are a grammar school from PreK-8th grade and some of our 8th graders aren't even 13 years old yet.

What are your school's policy in terms of students email accounts?  I just feel that our hands are tied and we cannot fully embrace Web 2.0 tools like Animoto for Education (only our teacher has account) or Prezi because these tools need a valid email address to create an account.

We thought of following this trick using Gmail to create dummy student email accounts but has anyone tried this to sign your students to any Web 2.0 tools?  Can you share your experience if you had taken this route?  Pros & Cons?

I appreciate your feedbacks.

Tags: email, emails, student_emails, web2.0

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Have you looked at gaggle.net? https://www.gaggle.net/learn.html It is a free student email service that (from their website) allows you to:

* Block SPAM
* Automatically monitor messages
* Block pornographic email

* Review student messages
* Block curse words
* Block email with outsiders
It is sometimes difficult to use Web 2.0 with younger students. I wanted to use a Ning but the site is blocked for students.

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