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ePals Reports Community Growth of 500,000 Teachers and Students

Demonstrates Global Trend Toward School-Safe Student Accounts for Communication and Collaborative Learning

HERNDON, Va.--(via BUSINESS WIRE)--Confirming the accelerating trend toward project-based online learning globally, ePals, Inc. the leading K-12 education technology company, announced today that during “Back to School” 2010 more than 500,000 users joined ePals. The rapid adoption by schools and school districts of online collaborative accounts for educators and students underscores the significant learning benefits provided by ePals’ award-winning Global Community™, SchoolMail® and LearningSpace™ products. Just as important, this accelerated growth underscores the convergence of four broad trends in the K12 market:
• recognition of the benefits of digital literacy and authentic, project-based learning for student achievement;
• adoption of “cloud-based” solutions by schools for convenience, operational and budgetary savings;
• penetration of Internet-connected computers and devices into the classroom; and
• availability of sophisticated, but easy-to-use, “policy management” technologies allowing schools to extend the benefits of online experiences to students at all levels in a policy managed and regulatory compliant manner.
 
While ePals has been recognized for over a decade as the world’s largest social learning network and leading provider of school-safe communication and collaboration solutions (www.epals.com), the dramatic growth in new user accounts, especially student accounts, in September and October points to the passing of a tipping point -- the use of collaborative accounts not just by educators, but by entire school communities of educators, students, and increasingly parents.

New users joined ePals from every corner of the globe, from urban, rural and suburban settings and from the actions of individual teachers and entire school districts. They include the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Matafao Elementary School in American Samoa, Bryandale Primary School in South Africa, Maryetta School in Stillwell, Oklahoma, Pio Pico Middle School in Los Angeles, CA, and Ana Maria Junqueira High School in S?o Paulo, Brazil, as well as the Poudre School District in Fort Collins CO, the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso TX and Wilkes County Schools in North Wilkesboro NC.

“We are thrilled, but not surprised, by the significant growth,” said Tim Discipio, ePals Co-Founder. “Over the past 14 years, ePals has been a market-leader in the field of virtual workspaces for the K-12 education community. We believe that a significant reason for this growth is that, unlike other companies, ePals’ sophisticated policy management technologies make it practical for schools to extend the benefits on online accounts to students. In addition, our integration of learning activities and our global community makes it easy for educators to use ePals in their classroom on a daily basis.”

According to Ed Fish, President of ePals, “for the last several years ePals has laid the groundwork for the dramatic shift now occurring in K12 markets around the world. Involving students, parents and educators in meaningful online learning requires much more than websites, blogs and ‘edu Nings.’ ePals’ products combine sophisticated policy management technology, robust communication tools, and collaborative learning methodologies. It is these attributes as well as the cost savings from cloud-based services that have resulted in customers selecting ePals products.”

Other recent milestones for ePals include:

In September, ePals announced that it had won the bid to provide a safe, secure and customizable e-mail solution to the New York City Dept of Education, which includes approximately 2 million students, teachers and parents.

ePals LearningSpace was chosen by the International Baccalaureate for its virtual community, connecting their students, teachers and alumni in more than 2,800 schools worldwide.

ePals’ Teacher Ambassador Contest resulted in 11 exceptional winners, who have since received international recognition as Microsoft Innovative Teachers and as Keynote Speakers and Presenters of the first-ever Global Education Conference.

About ePals, Inc.
A privately-held education technology company, ePals, Inc., has created the world's largest K-12 learning network. ePals offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students, and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals is used by more than 600,000 educators and reaches more 25 million students in 200 counties and territories.

Corporate information is available at www.corp.epals.com.

ContactL ePals, Inc., Peter Monahan, 703-885-3400, Vice President of Marketing, pmonahan@corp.epals.com