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ePals(R) Adds Common Core Support and Classroom Management to Its Free Global Community; Integrates Award-Winning Collaboration, Communication and Community Products for Schools and Districts

Collaborative Learning Solutions for Teachers, Schools and Districts Empower Educators to Create Learning Experiences That Help Students Engage With the World and Develop the Skills Necessary for College and Career Success

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN), an education media company and the world's leading Global Learning Network, today unveiled new and enhanced tools and resources for students, teachers and schools that set a new standard for collaborative social learning. ePals' new capabilities and expanded academic content include free self-directed, authentic student learning centers, new classroom management and Web 2.0 collaboration tools, and projects and resources that provide immediate support for teachers implementing the Common Core standards. Its Learn365™ platform now offers schools and districts an integrated solution for school-wide and district-wide collaboration and communication with access to community and content key to 21st century learning.

New to the ePals Global Community:

Learning Centers Encourage Self-Directed Exploration: New student-focused learning centers on ePals.com appeal to a broad range of interests and learning styles and facilitate individual exploration, inquiry and collaboration. An example: the "News Now" Center is a self-directed learning space where students can read, write, and share the latest news and current events with peers around the world. Additional centers focus on Reading, Science, Writing, Global Citizenship, Smithsonian Institution activities, Cultural Explorations, and challenging multi-player educational games.

Authentic Projects Reinforce Critical Thinking, Writing Skills, Common Core Standards: A new series of projects challenges students to apply critical thinking and writing skills to collaboratively solve real world problems. Projects include: Futuristic City Swap, where students can draw and describe a city in 2050; an email discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington; using China in a Day magazine as a template for a similar magazine that students can create themselves, reflecting the culture and people of different countries; researching and crafting a Teen Report on Violence in Schools; participating in face-to-face or remote discussion circles using digital articles on a variety of subjects; and more.

"These student projects provide a laser-like focus on the persuasive, informational and narrative styles of writing specifically addressed in Common Core anchor writing standards 1-3," says Nina Zolt, ePals Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer. "Collaborating with students from other places engages students deeply by providing a real-life purpose for analyzing, exploring and constructing an informed perspective on issues of substance. Motivated students spend more time on task and are better equipped to meet the challenges of skills-based standards such as the Common Core emerging around the world."

New Tools Support Classroom Management and Professional Growth: New online tools allow teachers to schedule, publish, assess and grade student assignments, create progress reports, and monitor student activity in real time across ePals projects and workspaces. A Teaching Resources section offers tutorials to help members get the most from their experience on ePals and a media gallery which includes lessons, templates, videos, rubrics, and other tools and resources organized by topic and age group. There's also an expanded project library featuring teacher-created lessons at varying levels of difficulty that can be customized and used independently or collaboratively.

New informal professional development resources include the Common Core Implementation Center that helps educators find and share practical, ready-to-use collaborative projects and resources built for the Common Core, and the ePals EduBlog, a space where experts and teachers can share hints, tips and best practices with colleagues in the ePals community.

Educators, students and parents can join the Global Community for free at http://www.epals.com/join

New to ePals' Learn365 Collaborative Learning Platform:

An Integrated Solution with New E-mail and Shared Document Services: ePals' Learn365 is a synthesis of ePals' most powerful and secure social learning products developed over the last decade. Integrated with Google Drive, a safe and secure e-mail and document sharing solution using Google's Gmail client and the new ePals Global Community, Learn365 shifts learning to a transformative, student-centric model where teachers and students connect and collaborate to learn from each other, facilitating project-based learning aligned to the Common Core standards in and outside of classrooms.

Seamless Operability with Student Information Systems (SIS): Organizing learners into collaborative groups can take time away from teaching and learning. That's why ePals' Learn365 seamlessly connects to a school's SIS, automating the creation of collaborative groups at the classroom, school and district levels, facilitating social learning across the district, and giving teachers more time to help their students learn the skills they will need for college and careers.

"For 2013, our focus is delivering a learning platform that gives teachers freedom to innovate and, more importantly, motivates and engages students to learn with each other, within their classroom and globally with other classrooms," says Ted Brodheim, President of ePals@School. "All over the world, schools and districts are putting more emphasis on ensuring authentic learning occurs in the classroom or transitioning to blended learning and flipped classroom models. Learn365 enhances these models by providing an open, cloud-based platform equipped with today's most advanced Web 2.0 tools and safely available 24/7 to students at school and home, giving teachers the capability to both personalize instruction and make learning social."

To learn more about ePals Learn365, visit http://www.epals.com/solutions

About ePals Corporation
ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN) is an education media company and the leading Global Learning Network. Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers elementary and secondary school administrators, 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' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Community®; Learn365™; In2Books®, a common core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills; and popular children's educational publishing brands including Cricket® and Cobblestone®. ePals customers and partners include the International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 1 million classrooms and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. Visit www.epals.com. For In2Books, visit www.In2Books.com.

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