Help: Types of student accounts
There are two types of student accounts:
- Generated student accounts created en masse by a teacher
- Student-owned accounts that the students sign up for on their own
Generated student accounts / under 13 years oldWhen you request a class and specify the number of students in the class, or when you add students to a class, we generate the student usernames for you to hand out to your students.
For example, if you request class "Smith_Pd4" with 20 students, we generate student usernames of s.Smith_Pd401, s.Smith_Pd402, etc.
Generated student accounts have these advantages:
- They're perfect for younger students who don't have an email account and can't sign up for an account on their own;
- Essential if your school's policies limit your students' email activity to only send and receive emails within the school system;
- Quick and easy for students to sign in with no sign up and verification process;
- All students in the class use the same password. If a student is working from home and forgets his password, he can ask a classmate for the password;
- Great for child safety on the internet: the student cannot be contacted directly;
- The teacher has access to the students' results (with a Teacher Plus upgrade); and
- The teacher is the owner of the generated accounts and can reset the scores and results at the end of the school year, and reuse the accounts.
Any teacher can set up generated accounts: the students do not need to be under 13.
Student-owned accountsIf your students are 13 or over, and have their own email addresses (that can send and receive email outside of the school's network), you may wish to have the students set up their own accounts.
When a student has his own account:
- the student selects his own username and maintains his own password;
- the student can email the site for help or questions about his account;
- The teacher has access to the students' results once the student goes through the process to join a class (optional); and
- the student is the owner of his account, and can continue to use the account after the school year ends (as long as his email, if it is with the school board, is still valid).
Reasons to use both types?Generally, a class would use either the generated student accounts or the student-owned accounts but there might be times when you want to have some of your students using their own accounts while others use generated accounts:
- when there are a mix of students in the class where some of them are under 13 or don't have an email address to sign up with
- when a student has difficulty signing up for his own account, perhaps due to technical difficulties with getting the account activated, the teacher can generate an account for him, while the others in the class use their own accounts.