SOURCE: LearningStation

May 01, 2008 10:17 ET

LearningStation Launches ePals SchoolM@il™ Integration

LS Education Desktop Incorporates ePals' School-Safe Communication Solutions to Provide a One-Stop Online Learning Environment

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - LearningStation, a leading provider of customized, online solutions for the K-12 classroom, today launched the newest version of the LS Education Desktop now integrated with ePals' SchoolM@il™, the safe and secure multilingual email solution from ePals, the recognized leader in safe and protected communication tools for K-12 students. The integration will allow all of the nearly 500,000 current LearningStation users as well as future users to easily access SchoolM@il and the ePals Global Learning Community through the LS Education Desktop, a one-stop platform for the delivery of e-learning applications.

The official launch of the partnership begins with a statewide deployment of the email integration to LS Education Desktop users in Kansas. "Having this type of collaboration and communication tool integrated into the Desktop will help students develop critical 21st century skills that will equip them for their futures," said Melinda Stanley, Director of Educational Technology at the Kansas State Department of Education.

The LS Education Desktop provides a single platform for delivering engaging, personalized applications to students in the K-12 classroom. The LS Education Desktop and all applications housed in it, including SchoolM@il, are conveniently accessed through a single sign-on. A Web-based product, the LS Education Desktop is accessible anytime, anywhere from any Internet-connected computer. The easy-to-use and intuitive Web interface is an approved secure computing environment ensuring a safe location for students, parents and schools to access applications that support effective learning relationships and improve student achievement.

"We are thrilled to offer ePals' award-winning, easy-to-use email system seamlessly inside our proven portal," said Jim Kirchner, CEO of LearningStation. "This partnership adds enormous value to the LS Education Desktop, and we are excited to further support learning and achievement in our customers' schools."

ePals' communication tools allow teachers and administrators to monitor and manage accounts, while providing students with an easy-to-use suite of online tools and resources including discussion boards and file sharing. Additionally, ePals promotes 21st century skills by improving reading, writing, digital literacy and critical thinking skills through online collaborative learning experiences available in its Global Learning Community.

"The LS Education Desktop offers educators access to a variety of online resources, and we are excited to be a part of this initiative," said Ed Fish, President and CEO of ePals. "In everything we do, our goal is to support learning through safe, collaborative online experiences, and we are glad to partner with organizations like LearningStation who are bringing safe and effective learning solutions to schools, students and their parents."

For more information about LearningStation and the LearningStation suite of products, visit www.learningstation.com. For more information about ePals and its products, please visit www.ePals.com.

About LearningStation:

LearningStation, a leading provider of customized e-learning tools for K-12 classrooms, connects administrators, teachers, parents, and students to maximize the digital classroom and improve student achievement. Schools use LearningStation's innovative solutions to evaluate and address individual student needs with LS Test Builder, a standards-aligned formative assessment and integrated instruction tool; communicate with students and families through LS Teacher Pages, an easy-to-use Web site creation tool; store and share files simply and securely online with the Education Backpack; and engage students with integrated online content that fits seamlessly into class assignments. LearningStation has been honored by several groups in the learning industry for its significant contributions to the growth of education technology. For more information about LearningStation and its solutions, please visit www.learningstation.com.

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™ (www.ePals.com) is the largest online community of K-12 learners, reaching more than 13 million educators and students across 200 countries and territories. The company's mission is to support lifelong learning through collaborative online experiences that empower and inspire.

Contact Information

  • LearningStation Contact:
    Anna Hughes
    Email Contact
    Phone: 202-585-0230

    ePals, Inc. Contact:
    Rebecca Kilduff
    Email Contact
    Phone: 703-885-3400