“Owl” You Ready with Student Passwords?
Student password sheets are a super helpful teaching resource to have on hand when taking a group of students to the computer lab, or even during center time within your own classroom.
Making sure students know quickly how to find their own login username, email (if they need it), and password can really make the difference between spending the entire small group instruction time helping students at the computer center – or actually teaching skills with a small group of students who are waiting for you at the small group instructional table.
I know which place I would rather be.
Keep reading for some quick solutions for helping students to take responsibility for logging themselves in without your help…
Always a good time: Taking kindergartners to the computer lab only to spend the entire computer lab time having them log in.
Especially at the beginning of the year when some don’t even know what a keyboard looks like, much less where each letter is – or for the really challenged – they might not know their letters yet!
Talk about an activity of futile proportions.
Might as well be trying to wrangle baby chicks and kittens at the same time in different cities.
Having something (anything) to help you once you find out which students need less help, the better. Eventually as they learn, things start to fall into a routine, but until then, you desperately need something to assist you.
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Easy Template to Keep Track of Usernames and Passwords for Kids
I know many of you have an owl theme from the conversations and polls we have had on the Facebook fan page.
So, I decided to give you a little something that might help out – and I think they are pretty cute too!
Here is the first of the series, which is a set of website login forms.
You could use these in a variety of ways:
1. Print, fill out, and hang up near the computers for students to reference, or place in individual folders in their desk so they can grab when it is time to login.
2. Print, fill out, and send home for students to be able to reference online materials from home with their own user names and passwords. Parent letter is also included which explains that if they place the form in a sheet protector with magnets on the back (you provide to them), they will also have it handy and not lost.
Here is a picture of the sheet protector with the magnet dots stuck on the back:
Here is a picture with one of the forms inserted and placed on the side of the fridge:
3. Or just fill out and keep a copy for your own reference in case of forgotten user names and passwords after you have given them to the students.
Keep reading to find your free printable worksheet below!
Other Options to Help Teachers in the Computer Lab
You can never have too many items in your teacher toolbox when it comes to storing student login info for easy access.
- If you prefer to go all digital, you could create a spreadsheet on your computer that has a different tabbed sheet for each piece of software students would need to know. You could print it out or just have it on hand if students need to know the info at a glance.
- Another choice would be for each student to have a 2-pocket folder with brands. In the brads, add a sheet protector. Then, create an individual student log in form for each child which contains their specific usernames and passwords for each site they would need to access. Sort of like a “cheat sheet” that the student could take with them to the computer and use independently.
- Need something more hands on for smaller students? Grab some blank 3×5 notecards and post a picture of each child on their own card. Add their log in info to the back of the card (in this example with the littles, make sure the logins are limited). Then, take the cards and hole punch one corner to add them on binder rings. Finally, add the ringed cards on command hooks on the side of the computer. Make sure students know which computer their card is located and they will always use only that one computer so they can always find their picture and their card if needed.
- Last solution is similar to above, but perfect for your upper elementary students: create a card for each and place in a card box on the table at the end of the computers. Have alphabetical tabs or chronological number tabs in the card box so students can find their personal name or number easily, remove their card to use, and return back to the same spot for the next time if needed.
What other ideas have you used for keeping track of student website login information to make this process easier? We would love to hear in a comment below too!
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I hope you like the freebie and enjoy!