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Haiku Deck Accounts: Best Practices in the Classroom

Published on Nov 18, 2015

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Haiku deck accounts:

best practices in the classroom
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There are a few different ways to set up accounts for your students to use Haiku Deck in the classroom.

Here are the pros and cons of each of them:

one account

that students share
This is probably the easiest method (and our favorite), but it's not ideal for all classrooms. You can create a Haiku Deck account with your email address (or make a free email address somewhere like gmail.com to use for Haiku Deck). Then, your students can all sign in using the same email address and password, saving their work to the same account.
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  • Easy to keep track of login credentials
  • Nearly impossible to lose work
  • No time wasted signing in/out
  • You can review, share, & delete decks
  • Decks can be saved as 'private'
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the downside:

  • Students can alter or delete other decks
  • Many decks to scroll through
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group accounts

using Gmail
Maybe your students will be making too many decks for one account to sound appealing, but having separate accounts for each of your students sounds like a headache waiting to happen. In this case, we recommend taking advantage of a nifty little Gmail trick that not a lot of folks know about: the ability to create variants of your Gmail email address that all go to the same inbox.
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With any email address at gmail.com, you can add a plus sign and more text after your username to create a variation that will still go to your inbox. Gmail ignores everything from the + forward, so the possibilities are endless.

You can set up one Gmail account (for example, 'msbeifong@gmail.com') and then use variants of it to set up separate Haiku Deck accounts for specific groupings of students.
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This way, you only have one email address through Gmail - but you can have as many Haiku Deck accounts based on that email address as you'd like.
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Benefits to this method:

  • Easy to keep track of logins and student work
  • Less time spent signing in/out on shared devices
  • Low risk of work being saved to the wrong account
  • You can view, share, and delete decks anytime
  • Decks can be 'private' and you can still view them
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individual accounts

email addresses or nifty gmail addresses
If you'd prefer to keep all of your students' decks separate, then you could have students set up accounts under their own school email addresses. From a support standpoint, we get the most troubleshooting emails from teachers with classrooms set up this way, due to the increased chances of work being saved improperly. If you decide to take this route, here are a few things to consider:
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concerns with individual accounts:

  • Need to sign out/in when sharing devices
  • You cannot access students' work as easily
  • You can't review decks saved as 'private'
  • Higher likelihood of improperly saved decks
  • Higher likelihood of account mix-ups
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Benefits of school email accounts:

  • Student decks are saved separately
  • Students can't access other students' decks
  • Students can change their passwords

You could also take advantage of the Gmail trick we mentioned. For example, you could create an email address like mrbarnes2014@gmail.com, then create Haiku Deck accounts for students like so:

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Benefits to using gmail:

  • Easily reset students' passwords
  • Protect student identities with partial names
  • We can set all the accounts up for you
  • Super easy for us to look those accounts up
  • All student decks are separated by account

In sum, the easiest method for most education users is to share one account. However, Gmail makes multiple accounts a little easier for everyone involved if you need student decks to be separated.

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We're always happy to help you decide, and configure Haiku Deck for your classroom! Email us at:

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