Teacher Review For ePals

Make connections with classrooms in other countries to exchange emails or collaborate on projects.

Stacey W.
Classroom teacher
Sunset Park High School
Brooklyn, NY
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
How I Use It
Students have pen pals in Spain and Mexico and regularly exchange emails on current topics. I have used the classroom feature to create discussion threads. It serves as a good example of Danielson Domain 1D: teacher uses resources outside the classroom.
My Take
Students are motivated to check and respond to emails outside of class time. The discussion boards are only in English so it's not useful if you are a foreign language teacher trying to give students an immersion experience. One drawback is that all of your students are in one class and can see each others discussions. I would prefer to have the ability to group my students based on readiness levels to have more rigorous discussions. A shared work space for teachers to collaborate would also be helpful.