This is a simple solution to a problem that plagues teachers as they attempt to meaningfully integrate technology in (and out) of their classrooms.
Most Web 2.0 tools require users to have an email address to create an account. Many students, especially younger ones, do not have their own email account. This makes it a quite difficult for teachers to use may great tools with their students.
Follow these steps to get around this problem:
Step One: Create a classroom Gmail account such as MrChampagnesClass@gmail.com
Step Two: Visit the site of the Web 2.0 Tool you plan to use with your students. Start signing up for accounts using your classroom Gmail account but add a + sign plus a number or word to represent each student or group. For example: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc…
Step Three: Create a spreadsheet to keep track of each student and their associated email account, Web Tool account, and password.
Step Four: Many Web 2.0 Tools require you to confirm that you are the owner of the email, so check the classroom email account and confirm all accounts as necessary.
This trick works for most, but not all, Web 2.0 Tools. Have fun!