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ePals

November 10, 2011 07:00 ET

ePals Enables SchoolSafe® Access to Third-Party Applications Starting With Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs

Safe, Seamless Access to Leading Productivity Tools in a Scalable, Enterprise-Grade Environment

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN), an education technology company and leading safe social learning network, today announced that its LearningSpace® 2.0 social learning platform now provides embedded access to third-party applications -- starting with Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs. Enabled by ePals' innovative SchoolSafe functionality, schools and districts gain the ability to extend LearningSpace 2.0's enterprise-grade platform by incorporating leading applications and productivity tools of choice within a safe, school-controlled, K-12 appropriate environment. The SchoolSafe functionality is now offered as part of the ePals platform, and access to Google Docs and online companions of Office's Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote have been included in RFPs for the 2012 eRate season.

"Administrators, educators and parents have been looking for a way to provide a safe social learning environment that can deliver engaging and inspiring lessons to students both in and out of the classroom," said Tim DiScipio, Cofounder of ePals. "ePals' LearningSpace 2.0 delivers that solution by offering first-of-its-kind, K-12 appropriate access to the general market's leading applications within a protected, customizable social learning environment. Additionally, administrators can rest assured that ePals' proven, robust and scalable platform can handle serious district use and collaboration scenarios, a major differentiator in today's burgeoning collaborative learning tool space."

ePals' patent-pending SchoolSafe functionality makes it easy for schools and districts to customize the rules and policies that determine which groups, classes and projects have access to third-party applications. In addition, ePals LearningSpace automates compliance with regulatory frameworks, such as COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) while also enabling collaboration for real-world learning. The SchoolSafe functionality in LearningSpace 2.0 allows seamless use of third-party applications like Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs in conjunction with LearningSpace's other industry-leading features, which include online learning workspaces, smart groups, and Web 2.0 community tools (blogs, wikis, etc.) optimized for use in elementary and secondary schools.

"Throughout our partnership, we've worked with ePals to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the education market with combined technologies that deliver compelling, enriching learning experiences," said Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Education. "The SchoolSafe integration of Microsoft Web Apps in LearningSpace makes it easy for schools and districts to uniquely manage access to Microsoft features within the engaging, all-in-one learning environment that teachers are looking for. We are pleased to see ePals extending this exciting new offering to the market."

"Incorporating ePals' SchoolSafe technology into LearningSpace delivers to customers and users globally the ability to bring 'best of breed' capabilities and applications of their choosing into school environments for learning-appropriate use by educators, students and other groups," said Miles Gilburne Chairman and CEO of ePals. "As innovation continues to accelerate around collaborative technologies and services hosted in the cloud, it is important for tool and solution providers to rapidly extend their products into the education market in a safe, compliant and classroom-appropriate manner. Enabling an ecosystem where educators and students can easily adopt new services and technologies for learning is at the heart of the ePals mission."

For more information on ePals' LearningSpace, visit www.learningspace.epals.com.

About ePals Corporation
ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN) is an education technology company and the leading provider of safe social learning networks (SLN). 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™; SchoolMail®365; LearningSpace®; and In2Books®, a common core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. ePals customers and partners include International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 700,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. For the ePals Global Community, visit www.epals.com. Corporate information is available at www.corp.epals.com.

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