Showing posts with label epals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label epals. Show all posts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

ePals is Now Cricket Media

If you use ePals, a popular service for connecting classrooms, you may have recently noticed a slight change to their branding. ePals is now a part of Cricket Media. The ePals services aren't changing and for now you can still get to everything by going to Alternatively, you can now go to Cricket Media to access ePals and all of Cricket Media's other services.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Smithsonian & ePals Present the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge

ePals and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage are hosting the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge. The challenge asks students to identify examples of folklore in their communities, identify tradition bearers, and conduct interviews with tradition bearers. Interviews can be recorded in text, video, or audio. After conducting and recordings their interviews students need to create a short (under seven minutes) video, audio slideshow, or podcast about their chosen tradition and tradition bearer. Click here to see all of the presentation requirements. See the video below for more information about the challenge.

Applications for Education
Even if your students don't make submissions to the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge, the concept of the challenge makes for a great local history project. Collaboratively creating a website to organize and feature presentations about local traditions could be a good community service for your students.

Monday, December 3, 2012

ePals Common Core Implementation Center

Many of you probably know of ePals, a global classroom community for collaborating on projects with others worldwide. ePals recently launched its new Common Core Implementation Center that gives teachers access to a broad range of online communication and collaboration tools, along with rigorous learning resources designed to facilitate authentic, project-based learning, as specified by Common Core State Standards.

Resources available include customizable, project-based lessons and activities based on time available, subject focus and grade level from both teachers and respected content providers (e.g., National Geographic, Smithsonian, Cobblestone & Cricket magazines). Classrooms can partner in safe, digital workspaces controlled by the teacher to collaborate on activities and projects with other schools and classrooms.

Check out the Common Core Implementation Center on ePals to get started.

Here are some ideas to get started:

Create Real-World Connections for Each Topic: Find project partners for each content area your students are studying to enhance understanding and application of new concepts and to meet Common Core standards including Writing 6 and Writing 7.

Pair Students with Global Peers: Pair students within a project workspace with peers from other countries to accomplish specific goals, such as completing joint inquiry projects.

Host Online Discussions: Host dynamic discussions between students by posting forum topics for students to build on each other’s ideas and learn to express their own thoughts clearly and persuasively.

Share Student Work: Have students publish their work and ideas to the project group using media galleries and encourage peer review.

Create Collaborative Content: Use wikis to have student groups author joint content, such as a digital presentations and multimedia research reports.

ePals is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Smithsonian and ePals Spark!Lab Invent It Contest

Here’s a great opportunity to engage your students in innovation and inspire their creativity.  ePals and the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation are holding the second annual Spark!Lab Invent It Contest, where students create their own unique inventions and compete with others around the world to win prizes from LEGO, Smithsonian, ePals and Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, Inc. During the process, students can learn about the history and process of invention from creative idea to successful marketing and may even have a patent application filed in their name.

The contest is open now and entries are due January 4, 2013. Finalists will be announced on January 17, Kid Inventor Day, after which nominees may campaign for the rest of the month to garner votes. Winners in each age category will be announced on February 4.

Learn more about the contest rules, deadlines and prizes here and check out other resources and projects from Smithsonian on ePals here.

Disclosure: ePals is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Blog Talk Radio - A Skype Alternative

Blog Talk Radio is a free service that enables bloggers to host call-in shows. Blog Talk Radio is a completely web-based utility, there is no software to download. Blog Talk Radio works with your computer and a phone. Blog Talk Radio provides the place (number for participants to call) and records the conversation for you. The recordings are automatically archived and turned into podcasts for you.

Applications for Education
If you and your students have a class blog, Blog Talk Radio could be a great way to connect with other student bloggers around the world. Teachers can connect their class with another class to discuss any topic and gain alternative viewpoints on just about any topic. If you're wondering how to connect with other classrooms around the world, try a service like ePals or use your Twitter (here's a great example of teachers connecting with Twitter) network to find other teachers.