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Studywiz Spark and ePals Team Up to Provide Enhanced Learning Opportunities on a Global Scale
Jul 15, 2008 (08:07 AM EDT)

HERNDON, Va. and MENLO PARK, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- During the ePals Globally-Connected Classroom Conference in Boston, MA, Studywiz Spark, the first and only Dynamic LearnSpace for K-12 education, and ePals ( ), the largest and fastest growing social network for meaningful learning, announced a business alliance to provide Studywiz Spark schools, teachers and students with unique experiences based on richly integrating capabilities of ePals' safe and protected global learning community and associated experiences with the Studywiz Spark's Dynamic LearnSpace. From the Maine Learning Technology Initiative to implementations across the United Kingdom, Australia and around the world, users will be able to seamlessly elevate instruction by combining in meaningful and authentic ways rich multi- media content, interactivity, and protected, collaborative and personalized learning with others around the world.

"We're very excited to be working with ePals, a company that embraces global collaboration, cultural exchange, and project based learning through a safe Web 2.0 setting," said Bob Longo, Executive Vice President, Studywiz Spark. "Their global learning communities and evidence-based collaborative projects will allow our Studywiz Spark schools to forge new links, enabling the incorporation of authentic learning experiences into the everyday curriculum. Cross-global collaboration is an important element for today's classrooms. By examining with our users and ePals the optimum ways to thread global experiences, we hope to be able to equip all of our schools with the tools necessary to meet the demands of the 21st Century learning environment."

"We're impressed with what Studywiz Spark has done to bring curricula into the 21st Century, particularly in terms of personalized learning goals and global readiness learning experiences," remarked Edmund Fish, President & CEO of ePals. "The Dynamic LearnSpace offers multimedia capabilities and dynamic discussions, with which students are quite comfortable and eager to engage. Threading these experiences with the global community, safe and protected tools, and authentic learning projects strengthens our collective ability to build 21st century skills and collaborative learning among students worldwide."

Studywiz Spark creates an enriched learning environment for students. The Studywiz Spark Dynamic LearnSpace differs from traditional learning management systems in that it is built from the ground up for K-12 teachers, learners, and parents to take full advantage of rich multi-media content and latest technologies. Studywiz Spark elevates instruction through educational content collection, organization and interactivity; collaborative and personalized learning; real-time feedback and assessment.

Available at no cost to educators worldwide, ePals is the home for meaningful learning through global collaboration. Reaching more than half a million educators and millions of students in 200 countries and territories, ePals provides educators the opportunity to bring safe social learning networks into the classroom and participate in project-based learning through global collaborative projects and In2Books, ePals' evidence-based e-mentoring program. Students and educators worldwide collaborate and build 21st century skills without regard to geographic, cultural, or economic boundaries.

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About Studywiz Spark

Studywiz Spark is the first and only Dynamic LearnSpace for K-12 education, providing an enriched learning environment for students. Studywiz Spark offers a safe, personalized space for learning that engages students, teachers and parents and allows administrators to secure a return on their investments in technology and learning. Studywiz Spark gives teachers a unique tool for elevating instruction through educational content collection, organization and interactivity; collaborative and personalized learning; real- time feedback and assessment. Studywiz Spark supports parental participation in learning and affords access to all users safely and easily through the Internet.

Etech Group was founded in 1993 and specializes in developing online learning technology for educational environments. Etech Group provides best- of-breed applications and development services that promote collaboration and enhance outcome-focused learning.

About ePals, Inc.

Founded in 1996 and merged with In2Books in 2006, ePals offers K-12 students and teachers around the world a safe environment for building and exchanging knowledge based on protected connectivity tools, evidence-based curricula and authentic, collaborative learning experiences. The ePals Global Learning Community(TM) ( ) is the largest online community of K-12 learners, enabling half a million educators and millions of students across 200 countries and territories to safely connect, exchange ideas, and work together. The company's mission is to support lifelong learning through collaborative experiences that empower and inspire. ePals is especially committed to enabling academically rigorous educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged environments worldwide through the ePals Foundation -- provider of In2Books, the company's flagship literacy e-mentoring program.

CONTACT: ePals: Rebecca Kilduff, +1-703-885-3400, rkilduff@corp.epals.comor Sandy Fash, C. Blohm and Associates, Inc., +1-608-839-9800,; Studywiz Spark: Jennifer Bannan, +1-412-580-3675,, or Shannon Roulston, +1-917-675-0628,

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