I use Gmail for my personal email account and it is great in the classroom too. I have students send work they completed on their iPads (this works with PCs too) to a teacher Gmail account I set up in September. Each student uses the same student Gmail account to send their work to me (I’ve set up each student’s iPad to send and receive emails from the same account).
So that’s two gmail accounts: 1. My teacher gmail account, 2. One student email address that all of the students use to send their work
If students write their name in the subject line of the email it makes it easy to search through my old emails for all of the work they have sent me that year. Using Gmail’s search function, I can type in a student’s name and it pulls up all of the work that child has emailed me from the beginning of the school year until now.
I just think about the student who can’t find their Writer’s Notebook in January and are now missing months of their hard work. This is a great way to store, organize and access student work throughout the school year.