Presentation on theme: "Using National Geographics By Allyson Gately. ABOUT E-PALS E-Pals is a useful wiki that allows teachers, students and parents all around the world, to."— Presentation transcript:
ABOUT E-PALS E-Pals is a useful wiki that allows teachers, students and parents all around the world, to write, discuss and collaborate on matters of similar interest to each other and to share their culture. LINK to EPALS HOME PAGE
E-PALS Teacher Collaboration It allows teachers to share and collaborate on project, see page below LINK TO EPALS TEACHER PROJECTS
E-PALS and FAMILIES It allows families and communities to share and view student projects, join forums with families within and outside of their community Home-schooling link available to families. The link below shows the Home School forum in the Families page. Link to FAMILIES page
PERMISSION SLIPS!!! URGENT: Teachers, it is very important to get written permission from your students parents to allow them to join. I made up a permission slip with a link to the website and encouraged the parents to explore it carefully before signing and returning. I did not begin this program until I received permission from all parents. Make sure students are aware that you will be reading their emails for grading purposes and security purposes, and tell them to inform you if something seems inappropriate. All emails must be monitored and approved by the teacher in order to be sent.
ONCE YOU ARE REGISTERED: When creating your profile, choose TEACHER, then CONTINUE. This allows you to create a base user name (that is basically you, or your school) and list the names of your students who will be using e-pals. This step gives each student an e-pals email address. For extra security, I give my students the name of my school district followed by a number, for example, Hanover26, Hanover 27, etc., and check the box that you have received parental consent from each student. Example below: CREATING YOUR BASE
MONITORED ACCOUNTS The students are given a secure user name that keeps their last name confidential. This becomes their e-pals email address. The next page asks for their birthdates, and although you may feel unsure about doing it, the program is verifying that all students are over 13. Enter all info and click APPROVE You will immediately receive an email with each students, name, e-pals email address and user name. Print this and keep it. It comes in handy when students forget the information.
YOUR BASE PROFILE When you now go back into the epals home page to browse around, you should complete the status of your bases profile. Under the Teacher tab, find the link to Update my Profile. Fill out the info about your classes (i.e., class sizes, age ranges, etc.). The 10 word description at the bottom is a very brief blurb describing your class, (kind of similar to a personal ad) that will appear when you search for a matching classroom on the site. See below: BASE PROFILE Click CONTINUE when done Verify the information on the next page and SUBMIT PROFILE
CHECK YOUR INBOX From now on, when you log in to E-PALS with your user name, you have a new email address for the base. This will serve several purposes: A) You are able to receive emails from interested teachers that want to collaborate or write with your class B) You can see the Monitored Mail, which is a list of all the incoming and outgoing emails your students have written and received. It is monitored, so you can read them. More on this soon. C) You will receive emails from the E-Pals database if any inappropriate words or subjects have been picked up. D) You can write and respond to other teachers or to your students through this. See Link : TEACHER INBOXTEACHER INBOX
LOOK FOR A MATCH Once you sign in, start browsing around the home page.. Scrolling on the right-hand side, is an ever-updating listing of Todays New Classrooms. Each class listed shows the flag of its country. If you see one youd like to view, click View Profile. On the next page is an example of a profile from a school in Spain
Click on the map to select by location Choose any of the categories below to connect to another classroom: Click on the map to select by location Choose any of the categories below to connect to another classroom: Click on the map to select by location Choose any of the categories below to connect to another classroom: Click on the map to select by location Choose any of the categories below to connect to another classroom: You can also find the picture of the map and select a country anywhere in the world that you would like to work with:
BROWSE AND ENJOY! There are so many different links and forums for teachers and students on this site, I could not begin to know which you will enjoy most, but getting logged in and started is the most important part. The rest is what you make of it!
NOTES The E-Pals Home page is different than the MY HOME choice at the top of the Home Page. MY HOME will give you your email and looks a little different, but at the bottom, has lists of E-Pallers looking for matches. MY HOME only appears if you are logged in. Remember that until you approve all of your monitored mail, it will not be sent to its intended recipient. You will receive daily emails on your school or personal email account informing you of any new messages sitting in your E- Pals inbox. Enoy the Global Community!