Earlier in the week I posted how our pupils access the online services we use in school. I mentioned Google Edu Apps, Typepad and PurpleMash in particular, and how we had set up accounts so that the pupils only needed to remember one unique username and password.
What I forgot to mention though was that we also provide access to some of the Sherston Channels, as well as to Interactive Resources. These services are slightly different to Google Edu Apps, Typepad and PurpleMash though as they use a single generic username and password.
As before though, when we set these services up we wanted access to be as easy as possible, and so these services use the same generic login details. We call these login details the "school username and password" so that the pupils know it is different from their individual login details.
The "school username" is simply the name of the school, and once the pupils have been told this they remember it very easily. The password is also easy to remember (but I'm not going to mention it here for obvious reasons!).
However, if you plan on doing the same, some passwords that were considered initially were;
- the name of the road that the school is on
- the postcode of the school
- the name of a member of staff
- the telephone number of school
- the suburb of the city the school is in
- the surname of a famous celebrity
In the end we opted for a very memorable password, and all pupils pick this up within the first week of being told it.
So, when I said that "Now our pupils need to remember just two details - a username and a password", I was slightly wrong as they need to remember their own username and password AND the school username and password too. Apologies for any confusion caused, and thank you to those who contacted me to ask about access to additional services.