ePals, Inc., has announced the launch of ePals LearningSpace, a controlled but flexible online workspace that provides administrators greater management of social media use throughout the school system. Through the platform, educators can conduct project-based learning opportunities, differentiate instruction, and design curriculum in real-time.
ePals LearningSpace brings together a suite of Web 2.0 tools - blogs, wikis, digital lockers, forums, and more - to help educators prepare students for the 21st century workforce. At the same time, administrators are provided with critical visibility and control over how these tools are used throughout the district.
Collaborative groups can be created to support activities across classrooms, schools, and districts. For example, using the platform a middle school science class can create a group to conduct a water conservation project, and a high school English department can create a group to write and share curriculum. ePals LearningSpace weaves in two products from ePals - ClassroomMatch and SchoolMail - for connecting with the ePals Global Community.
ePals provides safe and secure Web-based communication and collaboration tools to districts and schools around the world. The architecture of ePals LearningSpace enables the use of security technologies including monitoring, language filtering, and role-based permissions tools. It is COPPA compliant.
ePals LearningSpace users can create, manage, and organize a digital learning history, edit documents, and store a wide range of media. Administrators and educators can track and view all activity for a given project, group, or individual student, regardless of the publishing tool used.
Students, educators, and administrators also can safely connect and collaborate with peers around the world through the ePals Global Community, with millions of educators and students in more than 200 countries and territories.
Eligible for purchase through e-Rate funding, ePals LearningSpace is built on the ePals Distributed Learning Platform, which allows users to re-use core functions, integrate legacy systems, and incorporate appropriate 3rd-party applications. This platform is the underlying technology for the recently announced International Baccalaureate virtual community.
For more information about ePals LearningSpace, visit http://learningspace.epals.com/.
Source: ePals, Inc., www.epals.com