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Apr 05

ePals Chosen by SIIA as 2011 CODiE Award Finalist

 ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN), an education media company and leading safe social learning network, announced today that their In2Books grade three through five literacy program has been selected as a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association’s 27th annual CODiE Awards for Best Reading/English Instructional Solution.

The SIIA CODiE Awards showcase the industry’s finest products and honor excellence in corporate achievement. This year, for the first time, all nominated products were reviewed solely by teachers and administrators, who evaluated products through live demonstrations, trial access, and supplementary documentation.

In2Books is a Common Core-aligned, curriculum-based e-mentoring program that builds reading, writing and thinking skills. Affordable for schools and free to those in low-income communities, the program empowers students to become curious, independent learners and better writers by exchanging online letters about books with carefully screened adult pen pals. Students choose age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of literature experts for both the students and pen pals to read throughout the school year. In2Books helps students build self-confidence and critical thinking skills, while expanding their world-views by sharing life experiences and thoughts on the books with their adult pen pals.

“It’s a real honor for In2Books to be recognized by SIIA’s CODiE Award judges as a top-quality 21st century learning solution,” says ePals’ president Ed Fish. “Pairing caring adults with students from underserved communities for flexible online collaborative mentorships is an innovative and practical solution for schools and districts looking to prepare students for college and the digital workplace beyond.”

Throughout its tenure, the SIIA has recognized more than 1,000 products, services and tools from industry companies, and continues to employ education experts to evaluate the effectiveness of offerings across a range of subjects, and grade levels.

“I founded In2Books and ePals to change children’s literacy lives,” says Nina Zolt, founder of In2Books and co-founder of ePals. “Having the SIIA highlight ePals’ In2Books’ e-mentorship program is deeply satisfying for everyone committed to building college and career readiness through technology-enhanced reading and writing experiences.”

Karen Billings, Vice President of the SIIA Education Division, commended the companies that qualified as finalists: “We’re thrilled to see so many excellent educational technology products making it to this year’s finalist round,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “We look forward to honoring the winners at our awards dinner in May.”

About ePals Corporation

ePals Corporation (TSXV: SLN) is an education media 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®; In2Books®, a common core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills; and popular children’s educational publishing brands including Cricket® and Cobblestone®. ePals customers and partners include the 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, visitwww.epals.com.
For In2Books, visit www.In2Books.com.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 150 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.