ePALS Classroom Exchange and PubSub.com have announced a joint partnership to develop and release ePALS StudentBlog, a safe and protected blogging tool designed for teachers, students, and parents to search, publish, and share classroom projects across cultures and continents in an age-appropriate environment.
ePALS StudentBlog constantly monitors relevant blogs and Web feeds for matches to students' subscriptions, filters out inappropriate postings, and delivers the results in real time, the announcement states. The solution's "prospective search engine" delivers ongoing matches to student and teacher queries by making them persistent. Instead of relying on a static, historical collection of data, prospective search registers queries and evaluates them against every new document published as it is discovered. Matched results can be delivered as an RSS or Atom feed into a news aggregator or read on the Web, empowering students and teachers to become more informed citizens and view education and research as an ongoing process. This product will enable teachers to supervise and keep curriculum focused on all content and posting activity, according to the announcement.
PubSub is a service that monitors more than 16 million Internet sources of news and information on users' behalf, notifying them when things they care about are published in blogs, press releases, SEC filings, newsgroups, and other sources. ePALS Classroom Exchange is an Interenet-based community of collaborative classrooms and a provider of school-safe e-mail, eMentoring, and Web browsing technologies. Combining these capabilities enriches students' online research and publishing experiences while protecting them from inappropriate content and enabling teachers to keep project or lesson plan focus, the announcement states.
Source: ePALS Classroom Exchange, Inc., http://www.epalscorp.com; PubSub.com, http://www.pubsub.com/