Help: Types of student accounts
There are two types of student accounts:
- Child Student accounts created by a teacher
- Mature Student accounts that the students sign up for on their own with their email addresses
Child 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.
Child 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 because of the legal age in their country;
- 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 input personal info himself, or be contacted directly;
- The teacher has access to the students' results (with a Teacher Plus upgrade); and
- The teacher is the owner of the numbered Child Student accounts and can give or take away access as appropriate.
Any teacher can set up Child Student accounts: the students do not need to be under 13. A Child Student account can also be created by a Parent if the parent signs up for a Teacher account - just put "home" when asked for the school name.
Mature Student 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
- If the student joins a class, his account is called a Mature Student account. It is connected to his Teacher's account, and both the Teacher and the student can control when the account is destroyed. Generally the account will be deleted when the course ends and the teacher no longer needs the quiz results data.
- If the student does not join a class, is account is considered a Regular Account, and he 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 a mix of both types?Generally, a class would use either the numbered Child Student accounts or the Mature Student accounts but there might be times when you want to have some of your students using their own accounts while others use Child Student 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 a Child Student account for him, while the others in the class use their own Mature Student accounts.