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ePALS Connects Virtual Classrooms Worldwide

ePALS Classroom Exchange, an international network of grade school classrooms, announced this week that it has register more than 10,000 online classrooms into its network.

The site now connects more than 850,000 students in more than 90 countries around the world. It is designed to introduce students to a variety of different cultures. The site was launched in 1996 and co-founder John Irving said its growth is due to word of mouth exposure.

"ePALS has grown into a very loyal online community pf progressive and influential Internet-savvy classrooms," he said. "By corresponding and sharing their interests with teachers and students in other countries, users gain positive experiences and become repeat site users."

Each teacher submits a profile of his or her classroom to ePALS' database, which can be accessed by other member classrooms. The site's database can be searched by geography, age, grade level, language, study projects and other interests.

"I used ePALS to find a first grade in California that we corresponded with the entire year," said Bunnie Brewer, a teacher in North Carolina. "This learning experience would not have been possible without the site. It is a wonderful resource."