The mission of the ePals Foundation and In2Books is to increase the availability of quality educational opportunity and resources to economically and socially disadvantaged populations in order to bridge the educational and technological divide. Read more
The mission of the ePals Foundation and In2Books is to increase the availability of quality educational opportunity and resources to economically and socially disadvantaged populations in order to bridge the educational and technological divide.
ePals is the first, largest, and fastest growing online K-12 learning network in the world. ePals enables safe, global communication and collaboration, research-based curriculum, and eMentoring. The ePals Global Community™ (www.epals.com) and LearningSpace™ products offer teacher-supervised classroom-to-classroom exchanges and cross-cultural learning projects in more than 200 countries and territories, reaching more than 25 million students and teachers. With its international community, evidence-based literacy pedagogy, and rich media content, and strategic partnerships with National Geographic and Microsoft and others, ePals is a global center of meaningful learning.
The ePals Foundation is ePals' nonprofit entity whose primary initiative is the distribution and implementation of ePals' flagship curriculum program, In2Books, to economically disadvantaged students. In2Books (www.in2books.com) is an evidence-based, field-tested adult/child eMentoring program that promotes collaborative, authentic, and ambitious literacy and subject matter learning for grades 3-5. This award-winning program provides free books, a structured curriculum, and adult e-mentors to some of the country's highest-need students in a successful effort to increase students' interests and abilities in reading, writing, and critical thinking. In2Books currently serves about 4,000 students in 20 states.
I enjoyed writing the letters and connecting with my pen pal; it was a great experience. The problems actually arose when I received unfriendly emails, stating that I had made a commitment and need to send in my letter. Ironically, I always sent my pen pal her letter nearly a week before the due date. I even double-checked. I don't know it if was a system glitch but after seeing that same unruly letter towards the end of the term, I decided that until they rectify that situation (knowing who has sent a letter and who has not), I would rather not be a part of it. I completed the survey at the end and indicated that I would not return for fall 2010, but they still sent me information to begin the new school year.
I had no issues with signing up as others have stated. The teacher I am assigned to has been wonderful about keeping us in the loop, ie if books are late. The letters have been fun and I hope the children are enjoying the experiance as much as I am.
I joined epals in October 2008. I paid my $6, wrote the first letter, but never received a response or was told which books to read.
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by Monica G. from Fairfax Station, VA
(January 19, 2009)
They seem to be having start up issues with their website, but I've been able to contact them and have had an epal assigned. So far I've been able to get both books from the library. Correspondence is slow, but the person assigned to implement this program in my child's school wrote to say that she's actually the school librarian and has MANY children she has to coordinate. Evidentally, she has to read all their email and mine before they are sent out/received. I think if it could be coordinated by classroom it would be more satisfying on both ends but hopefully that will happen more in the future as this program expands.