Two leading global collaborative networks team up to offer a rich and robust collection of tools and curriculum resources for classrooms and independent learners around the world.
Washington, DC — September 17, 2012 – ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN), an education media company and the world’s leading safe social learning network, today announced a partnership with Curriki.org, an online education community empowering educators, parents, and students through a vast collection of free Open Education Resources. With ePals connecting 800,000 classrooms across 200 countries, and Curriki reaching more than seven million users in 192 countries with upwards of 45,000 digital learning objects, together the two provide educators and learners around the world with unprecedented scope and access to rigorous and engaging global online content.
The partnership maximizes the power of technology to offer top-quality 21st century participatory teaching and learning experiences through a variety of sophisticated tools and features. The recently launched all-new ePals offers advanced global classroom matching, and private, safe, customizable collaborative workspaces with wiki, blog and discussion thread features to facilitate ongoing peer communication and project-based learning. Curriki, which pairs education “curriculum” with the power of a “wiki,” taps into the diverse expertise of educators globally for “best of breed“ peer-reviewed and classroom-tested lesson plans, games, videos, simulations and other digital learning materials that can be continuously honed and improved through its open source environment.
“We are delighted to be able to expand our interactivity and reach to teachers and learners around the globe with our new Curriki partnership,” said Ed Fish, president of ePals. “Together, ePals and Curriki are delivering quality content to learners everywhere who are increasingly looking to collaborative, internet-enabled environments that feature access to a broad selection of open education resources. This partnership helps advance ePals’ core mission to play a major role in educating the world, whether it be one school, one classroom or one student at a time.”
In addition to facilitating global learning, and the diverse perspectives named as essential for workplace success by the Common Core standards, the ePals-Curriki partnership reinforces mastery of the collaboration, communication and independent learning aspects of the standards. And for educators, the networking platforms offered by both companies afford even greater opportunities for teachers to connect for professional learning communities and the sharing of best practices.
“ePals has been a fellow innovator in the development of a worldwide collaborative education community and we are pleased to be working with them,” said Kim Jones, Curriki CEO. “This partnership will advance both of our organizations’ objectives and will provide opportunities to educators and students who otherwise would not have access to the highest quality Open Educational Resources and a cadre of colleagues from around the world.”