The International Baccalaureate (IB) has selected ePals, Inc. to implement and manage a customized hosted learning community for IB students, educators, alumni, and other stakeholders. The innovative site will use safe and collaborative communication tools to create authentic learning experiences and interactions on a global scale. The rollout will be multi-phased, ultimately enabling members of the worldwide IB community in 2,600 schools and more than 130 countries to connect, share and collaborate.
The IB provides international education programs to a worldwide community of schools, working to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills students need to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. ePals will provide IB with - among other things - the ePals Distributed Learning Platform™. The ePals Distributed Learning Platform is a unique collaborative environment optimized for global K-12 education. IB students and educators also will be able to connect and collaborate directly with the growing ePals Global Community of hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students.
Following pilot trials and beta deployments throughout the 2009 academic year, the co-branded ePals IB hosted learning community is expected to be available to all IB members by July 2010. ePals also is working with the IB to provide professional development opportunities for IB educators, administrators and staff focused on creating 21st century learning environments.