Big Huge Labs recently announced that they are expanding their services to better assist educators in the classroom.
To create a free account an email address is needed (a school email will speed approval for the educator account), a username and password. It takes about 1 to 2 business days to receive approval via email for the educator account. They require proof that you are an educator by having a photograph that shows your full name, title and name of the institution. They suggest taking a picture of yourself holding a school ID. That was not possible for me so I just submitted a picture of myself in the library media center teaching. Hopefully there will be further email communication where I can refer them to the school web site.
The advantage of having an educator account is similiar to having an educator account with Glogster EDU, which I do. It allows you to pre-register students without them having to give an email address, you can view and download their created content, the site is free of advertising and ready to print ID cards for students are a perk.
It is is good that more and more of these web 2.0 sites are offering the opportunity to integrate technology into your classroom instruction by respecting the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and making it safe for students to use.
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for this tip so noted in his post dated June 13, 2011.