Have you heard of Gaggle.net. I have not used this service, but looked into
We use Think.com for special projects. The middle school kids TOTALLY love
it (middle school). Students must attend special Internet Safety Training
(our rule) and be involved in our Tech Savvy Kids group to participate at
this time. Oracle has required permission slips.
We are not using it across the school. When you configure it you have the
option of turning email option to get email from the outside or not. BUT
it will only allow email in from the outside from addresses that the user
preapproves. I had one student add his Dad's work address. . It has lots
of built in WEB 2.0 look and feel. (polls, discussion groups) the favorite
ones are the ability to leave each other "sticky notes". We had great
discussions about "spamming" someone elses site with Sticky notes.
You can turn it "off" or "on" on school vacation weeks.
The sign on process is kind of funky and has given us trouble on occasion.
But after I got use to it, it was okay.
I'm not sure I'd recommend it for schoolwide access. But good for special
On 10/17/06, Bob Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> think.com is a project of Oracle, it's free, but I've found them slow to
> respond to a request for your school to use it, so we haven't gotten on
> board yet. If you do jump that hurdle, they seem to have a good system,
> though. The accounts can all e-mail each other, but no other account
> without administrative approval, so it certainly helps you comply with the
> intent of CIPA, of keeping stalkers away from the kids.
> School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> >BJ and list,
> >Did you mention before that your schools used an offsite host for student
> >email ? Has anyone had any experience with services like these?