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December 24, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Temporary Email Address Sites For Students (Or Anyone)

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Many Web 2.0 applications that I have my students use require a valid email for registration. Often they can all just use one account that I’ve already set-up and validated.

However, sometimes sites don’t allow multiple users online at the same time on one account. Also, if everyone has access to everybody’s work, it’s possible for a student who’s feeling mischievous to play around with another student’s project. For these reasons, and others, at times it’s good for students to have individual accounts.

For my high school students, I don’t think it’s a big deal to have them use their own email accounts. However, I can see that it could raise privacy and safety issues for younger students.  For that reason I have posted several links on the top of my Examples of Student Work page that allow people to create email addresses that last a very short time and require no personal information.  These enable you to receive a request for validation and then click on it.

They’re all pretty similar, and only appear to vary in the period of time they exist before they shut-down.  I thought it would be helpful to have a “The Best…” list compiling them.  There are quite a few others, but they don’t have clearly defined times when they will cease-to-exist. And since anyone can check the in-box of these email addresses just by typing in the addresses, I’ve only included the ones that will exist for very short times.

Of course, if you’re going to have students use them, this means they won’t be able to have the Web 2.0 application mail them their password if they forget it in the future. Even with my students using their own email, I always keep a list of usernames and passwords from all of them — just in case.

Here are my choices for The Best Temporary Email Address Sites For Students (or Anyone).  They’re not listed in any order of preference:

10 Minute Mail expires after…ten minutes.

Guerrilla Mail shuts-down after fifteen minutes.

Mail Catch lasts a few hours.

Filzmail lasts twenty-four hours.

Mailinator comes recommended by reader PJ Vermont and looks good.


MyTrash Mail

Trashmail (different from “MyTrash Mail”)


MailTemp gives you a temporary email address — it lasts 24 hours

Trash In Box

As always, feedback is welcome.

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August 26, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Temporary Email Address

I’ve posted about a number of places that let you create a free temporary email address. These are tools students can use when they want to sign-up for a Web 2.0 application that requires registration and activation.

Another one just opened for business. It’s called Fitzmail.

I’ve put the link next to the other similar services at the top of my Examples of Student Work page.

June 14, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Temporary Email Addresses

I’ve posted before about temporary email address sites that students, and others, can use in order to register for Web 2.0 applications that require activation emails. I have several listed at the top of my Examples Of Student Work page, and will be adding two more to the list.

The two new ones are Correro and Anonymbox.

April 9, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Temporary Email Address Source

An ongoing issue that some teachers face with a number of Web 2.0 applications is that our students have to register to use them.   Some students don’t have email addresses, or teachers and students are understandably concerned about privacy and would prefer not to use them.  Often, though, if you don’t, you won’t be able to click on the verification message that many web tools send.

I’ve posted several times in the past about free sites that allow you to create very temporary email addresses for this exact purpose.

Here’s another similar service that just began — Mail Catch. It operates just like the others, and seems likes a workable solution to the problem.

August 8, 2007
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Temporary Email Addresses

I’ve written before about two services that provide temporary email addresses.  These are great for students who can use them to register for some of the Web 2.0 services that require a valid email address.  Those addresses expire after fifteen minutes or so.

Now there’s another site that allows you to have an email address that lasts for seven days.  It’s called Dodgit.

I’ve placed the link at the top of my Examples of Student Work page along with the other two temporary email services.

January 4, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another “Temporary” Email Application

I posted earlier in the week about applications that would allow students to very quickly and easily set-up short-term email accounts.  Students can then use those addresses to sign-up for Web 2.0 applications that require an email activation.

I just learned about another site called Slopsbox that is in the same vein.  It is a little different from the other ones I’ve posted about previously.

Soapsbox is more like a regular “third-party” host.  You can keep the email address permanently (if you want), and pick up your email from there, but they delete all email after twenty-four hours.  The other difference is that you can decide what you want your address to be.

I’ve put links to all of these applications at the top of my Examples of Student Work page.

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