The Importance of SSO in Education

Single sign-on (SSO) is a session or user authentication process that permits a user to enter one name and password in order to access multiple applications. Using SSO the user doesn’t have to create numerous accounts and/or remember vast usernames and passwords.  Below is a webmix full of web apps you can use SSO (Google- white, Google/Social Networks- grey, Social Networks only- black)

Most web apps you use on your device (PC/Mac, Chromebook, tablet, phone, etc) want you to sign up without SSO and that means teachers and students will have to remember usernames, passwords, and need email accounts for initial account activation. 

However… using a intuitive web browser such as Chrome, will allow for you and your students to save usernames and passwords and sync across devices allowing for your class to use any web app on your choice.

Classroom Integration: teachers, students, and pretty much everyone use a good amount of web apps (generally most applications are moving to web-based by now) on their devices. Using SSO allows integration to be efficient and easy in getting you and your students using classroom learning apps without having to remember usernames and passwords constantly. I highly recommend if your school/district is using Google for Education (Google Apps for Education) all users look for apps that utilize Google SSO. It will make for a smooth transition, time saving, less of a struggle with getting your students to access the apps you are using in class. However, it’s important to use the best app that fits the needs of your curriculum and students to further student learning.

Note: if your school is going 1:1 Chromebooks, most apps available in the Chrome Web Store do not require additional login (besides your Google school domain login), however some Chrome apps are re-directions to websites that may require a SSO or website login/signup.