Students in 7th grade typically turn 13 years of age during the school year. That is a turning point for being able to create online accounts. According to COPPA - Children's Online Protection Privacy Act - children under the age of 13 must have parent permission to create an online account. This had presented a dilemma for me, as some students could and others couldn't use online accounts in my curriculum.
So I created a list of 3rd Party tools and sites I use and would like students to use in class. See 3rd Party Tools.
Some of these you may be familiar with and others you aren't. I encourage you to take the time to review each one. I will send a letter home asking for written consent (from both 7th and 8th graders) from their parents. I want to be totally transparent in what I am using in my class. IF you have a problem or question, I encourage you to email me and we can continue the discussion.
If you want to supervise what you student is doing on these accounts, please have them log in and discuss it with you. Their log in information is on their cards. I can't retrieve some of the passwords. If a student has a web-based email account (not the VUSD one which cannot receive emails), that can be used when creating the account. They can also use YOUR email account if you want notifications to go to you.
Thank you for your support and trust.
Update May 25, 2018
You may have noticed that you have been receiving many updates for the web sites you use. This is due to the General Data Protection Act, which went into affect today. Although it is for the European Union countries, web sites are used around the world, hence the updates to your sites. I have taken the time to update my web site to reflect the new policies and practices on the web sites that my classes use.