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Google docs for students who don't have email?

Mar 19, 2013 12:51pm

How can I set this up for my students to use in school if they don't have email accounts? I'd like to set them up in groups to work on a research paper. Thank you.


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    • Mar 20, 2013 7:05am

      Google docs is a great way to have resources available for your students and I agree with Katie that setting them up with a google email account is a perfect way to enable them to use the documents you want to share. As long as you have clear expectations about the need to have an email account, are available to help them set it up, and the school or classroom has computers available for the students to use, then there is nothing to stop you from making an email account a requirement for the students.

      • Mar 22, 2013 6:47am


        I think you can definitely use Google docs with a third grader. Kids are getting into technology younger and younger and what a great way to introduce them to technology and collaboration!


        • Mar 24, 2013 8:42am

          I'm not an authority here on this part, but I think that if you are a Google Apps For Schools classroom, you can have someone in your IT department create logins for your class. In the management console, my department can turn off all communication features such as email, talk, chat, but all other apps like docs and sheets are open and share-able. It works great in my classroom. If you do not have this feature, then I would go with Katie's answer, but you might want to check on GAFE first because it will save you steps.

          Bill @bill_m_4

          • Mar 27, 2013 6:50am

            Be sure to check the age restrictions! My district uses Google Apps for Education and we have email accounts set up through a filtered protected environment. Our 13 and under students do not use generic email accounts.

            That being shared, Google Docs does provide an excellent collaborative arena for students and teachers to share and build their learning. I haven't used Word myself for almost a year!

            • Mar 21, 2013 6:18pm

              Could you do that for a third grader too?