Dr. Rita Oates's Blog (9)

Webinar: Tips on Using ePals in the Language Classroom

Tips on Using ePals in the Language Classroom Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – 5PM Eastern Time

In This Session Open the doors, let the world in! As a teacher of French, Saray Gutiérrez found that having her students collaborate with students in schools in the French-speaking countries of France and French Polynesia brought increased language practice and promoted cultural awareness in powerful and engaging ways. Students learned the importance of diversity,…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on August 13, 2013 at 6:21am — No Comments

Dell and ePals take the Connected Classroom to the cloud

from Chris Dawson, ZDNet


ePals, creator of the world’s largest learning network, has partnered with Dell to add its newly announced SchoolMail365 and its LearningSpace communication and collaboration solutions to Dell’s Connected…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on February 9, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

Parenting 2.0: How to Help Parents with Digital Issues and Fears

Did your mama talk to you about sexting, cyberbullying, and watching what you post on Facebook? Parents today have a whole new set of challenges and issues, raised by technology at school and home. Learn how you can help parents understand the real issues, fears and challenges and support them in being great parents in a 2.0 world. Resources for schools and families will be shared, and the core presentation is based on presentations at school PTA meetings, Wired Safety, and Wired…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on February 3, 2011 at 6:54am — 7 Comments

NYC schools to deploy free eMail, collaboration tools from ePals

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchoolNews

In what could be a huge sign of change in how students learn, New York City Public Schools has begun implementation of communication and collaboration software from ePals and Microsoft—education technology tools that not only will connect students to other classrooms across the world but also will connect teachers to parents, regardless of the language they…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on July 15, 2010 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

ePals Ambassador Contest Winners announced

We invited teachers to show us how ePals has opened the world for their students. Applicants each submitted projects that they had successfully implemented in their classrooms, examples of student work, and a video application, telling us what ePals brought to their teaching and to their students’ learning. Outstanding entries came from all corners of the world, inspiring us with amazing projects, successful collaborations, and enthusiastic students.…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on June 8, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

ePals Teacher Ambassador Contest 2010 -- deadline May 21

Enter Your Great Global Collaborations to be Featured at ISTE!

Have you had an amazing collaboration with another classroom? Have your students gained real understanding of a different culture? If so, enter ePals Teacher Ambassador Contest and show us how ePals has opened the world for your students.



Added by Dr. Rita Oates on May 16, 2010 at 4:29pm — No Comments

April 2: Deadline to apply for FETC 2011 in Orlando

If you haven't already submitted a proposal for a presentation or workshop at FETC 2011, do it now! The deadline is Friday, April 2.

Last year, FETC had attendees from every state and about a dozen countries. You hear terrific keynote speakers, and many of the sessions are led by educators who have insightful and cutting edge ideas about using technology in student learning.

Here's the link to apply online:…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on April 2, 2010 at 4:54am — No Comments

Teacher Help Needed for Focus Group on Documentary Films as Teaching Tools

One of ePals' partners, Snagfilms, is looking for some input from teachers. They are a website of free documentary films and would like to develop a specialized area of their site for teachers and classroom use. They are seeking input from teachers like you. Your help would be needed to complete a short survey, and if possible to join an online focus group. Learn more at…

Added by Dr. Rita Oates on April 1, 2010 at 6:27am — No Comments

"Water: Our Thirsty World" free download til 4/2 from National Geographic

This single-topic issue of National Geographic magazine highlights the challenges facing our most essential natural resource. "Water: Our Thirsty World" is available for free download starting on World Water Day, March 22, and extending through April 2, 2010.

This interactive edition of National Geographic magazine presents complete content from the print edition, plus extra photo galleries,…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on March 28, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments


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