Thursday, June 5, 2014

Technology Thursday: A New Linky!

I am very excited to announce something I have wanted to do for a while now...
Technology Thursday will be a weekly linky dedicated to all things technology related. Share reviews of websites or apps you've tried, tech tips that make your {teaching or personal} life easier, and helpful tutorials. Our hope is that this linky provides a place for teachers to share and learn new ways to use technology and engage students!

Be a rule follower!

Rule #1: You must include the image above and a link to our linky somewhere in your blog post.
Rule #2: Follow the Rule of Three...visit the two blogs who link up before you and the one immediately after you and leave some love on their pages!
Rule #3: This linky is not intended for product promotion. You may include products you've created in your posts, but they should not be the sole focus of the post. {Exception...freebies...because everybody loves a good freebie!}

Without further ado, here's this week's Tech Tip:

How many times have you wanted to sign your students up for a new website, but the site asks for a unique email address for each student? This has happened to me several times, which is why I was SO excited when I learned about this little trick...

Gmail + anything!

Your regular old Gmail account has an endless number of email addresses! Here's how you do it...

1. Create a gmail account for your class {something easy for the kids to remember like}.

2. When you need to sign your kids up for something new, use the email you created + anything... You could do their names, student numbers, or anything else you want. Here are 2 examples: or

3. Here's the great part... Any "you must click the confirmation link in your email to sign up" messages get sent to because Gmail ignores everything after the plus sign!

4. Added bonus, you can use the "+whatever" to create a filter so that any spammy junk messages sent to those accounts goes straight to your spam folder or trash! {I can see a use for this with my personal address, too}

Hope you're able to use this tip to get your students onto those pesky sites that require emails for sign-up!

Don't forget to link up anything tech-related!


  1. This is awesome!! I hesitate for so many things because of the email issue. I teach 4th graders and most don't have email yet.
    Thanks so much for sharing this great tip!!
    Are We There Yet?

  2. I will use this next year, for sure! Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  3. What a great tip! My district makes a gmail account for each student, but this would be very helpful for anyone that doesn't have that option....especially with the +. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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