ePals, Inc., and L.E.A.P Global Learning Systems have partnered to provide students and educators across Thailand with access to a safe online workspace and the largest online community of K-12 learners to facilitate collaboration in a controlled environment.
L.E.A.P.™ has established a community of more than 40,000 private, public, international, and government schools throughout Asia and Africa. Through this partnership with ePals, L.E.A.P. offers its members access to millions of students and educators in the ePals Global Learning Community. In addition, Learning Tools 4 Schoolsfrom L.E.A.P. – a blended suite of proprietary and third party tools designed to enhance and support authentic education – requires a valid e-mail account to activate membership. ePals allows L.E.A.P. to provide members secure school e-mail as well as the latest Web 2.0 learning tools with ePals SchoolMail and ePals LearningSpace, making it even easier for its members to learn and collaborate. “By partnering with ePals, we are immediately able to access the safe and collaborative learning platform we have been looking for to offer an affordable, yet high-quality, suite of Web 2.0 education products to even the most rural schools and organizations,” said Craig Hovendove, president and founder of L.E.A.P. Global Learning Systems. “ePals LearningSpace and ePals SchoolMail allow our students to participate in truly authentic learning opportunities regardless of their socio-economic background or digital prowess.”
Thailand has more than 16 million students and 45,000 schools throughout its 76 provinces, and without a national communications network, many schools in rural areas are cut off from the rest of the country and the world. “Since the introduction of ePals, students across Thailand now have direct access to their peers not only in larger Thai cities like Bangkok, but also with millions of others throughout the world. This gives them a strong incentive to learn English and other critical skills necessary to succeed academically and in life after school,” said Ed Fish, president of ePals, Inc. “Partnering with L.E.A.P. Global Learning Systems allows our community to grow, providing learning opportunities to schools and students in some of the most remote parts of our world.”
After studying in the United States, Chanarong Luckshaniyanayin, president and founder of Pasanusorn Bangkae Private School in Bangkok, wanted to improve the educational system in his native country. “My requirements were to find a safe, affordable, engaging, user-friendly, and bi-lingual solution that would offer my students the ability to connect and collaborate with schools in America and around the world. The L.E.A.P. system powered by ePals has everything I was looking for and much more.”
Through ePals LearningSpace, educators can conduct project-based learning opportunities, differentiate instruction and design curriculum in real-time. Bringing together a complete suite of Web 2.0 tools – blogs, wikis, digital lockers, forums, and more – the platform helps educators effectively prepare students for the 21st century workforce. Additionally, L.E.A.P. members can access the ePals Global Community, the largest online community of K-12 learners, enabling more than half a million educators and millions of students across 200 countries and territories to safely connect, exchange ideas and work together.
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