Magazine article Internet@Schools

ePals LearningSpace

Magazine article Internet@Schools

ePals LearningSpace

Article excerpt

Company: ePals, Inc., 13625-A Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA 20171, (703) 885-3400, Fax: (703) 885-3490, sales@ corp.epals.com

Price: Contact ePals for pricing.

Audience: Grades K- 12 teachers, students, principals, and administrators

System Requirements: A computer with internet access and a subscription to ePals LearningSpace are required for each user.

Description: ePals LearningSpace is a webbased communication and collaboration tool for district and school use.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/ 'Access: ePals LearningSpace is accessed with a username and password. Installation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: Digital Lockers: Each user has a safe, online storage area for personal school files including documents, photos, video, and audio. The files can be designated as public or private. Students can upload homework assignments.

SchoolMail: This email feature provides a secure platform that includes instant language translation in 35 languages, virus protection and scanning, anti-spam filters, spell-check, and manuals and tutorials.

Classroom Connect: Groups can share projects using this collaboration space.

Structured Community: Online collaboration provides blogs, forums, media galleries, RSS feeds, contest tagging and pages. The user controls permissions to comment and add content for each group.

ePals Global Community: An online community of K-12 teachers provides collaboration among students and teachers to build and exchange knowledge safely. This feature is accessed through www.epals.com. A full Web 2.0 Toolkit provides the group owner the ability to determine which tools will be provided for the group. These tools include group and individual blogs and a group forum for members to post and comment on a variety of topics. Wiki pages can be edited and tracked by all group members. Members can store and share files related to the group. Students and parents can access homework assignments, rubrics, and other informational material created by the teacher. Tagging allows members to associate keywords within user-generated content making it easy to gain access to needed materials. An RSS feed permits updates of new postings, and changes to content areas enables members to keep upto-date with all newly published material across the community.

Site Management: Custom policies are set for user interaction and communication. These include role-based permissions, controlled connections, content moderation, and inappropriate language filters. …

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