There Has To Be An Easier Way
As I try to integrate more technology into my courses, I find that students need to have an email account for the class. Granted, most have their own account, but this usually is a hotmail account. These tend to not work that well with some applications.
I would usually have students go to a gmail account, but that has a chat feature which tends to be frowned upon in schools. Can you trust your students to mot use it when you asked them not to or is it that big of a deal? I tought of using Gaggle, but does it filter too much? Google Apps is an option and one could get their own domain, but I start to get out of my league with the set-up (it ventures into IT territory).
The division has not set up email accounts for students because they have been worried about viruses, etc. I also found out that they are worried about privacy and the legalities around the monitoring of accounts.
So what is a person to do? Something so simple, yet problematic. Accountability is stressed to such a high level. However, I would like to improve the structure of my classes and the learning experiences offered.
I welcome your input.