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McGraw-Hill and ePals® Join Forces to Expand Global Collaborative Learning Opportunities for K-12 Students

Collaboration brings together McGraw-Hill Networks' trusted content and ePals' Global Community for project-based learning with classrooms around the world


NEW YORK, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill today announced that it has formed a collaboration with ePals Corporation, an education media company and the world's leading global learning network. The partnership pairs world-class content from McGraw-Hill Networks, McGraw-Hill's award-winning digital social studies learning program for Grades 6-12, with ePals' global community and social learning platform. The collaboration will allow teachers and students to connect with peers in more than 200 countries to enjoy the type of authentic, global learning experiences that are required for 21st century education and workplace success.

McGraw-Hill's digital learning resources will provide users of ePals and McGraw-Hill products with a new source of dynamic educational project- and activity- based learning experiences aligned to McGraw-Hill's trusted content. With a strong focus on critical thinking, reading, writing and other academic skill development, these interactive experiences will aid teachers in meeting Common Core as well as other standards. McGraw-Hill's resources on ePals will be directed initially toward middle school and high school social studies topics. Additional core curriculum content from McGraw-Hill on ePals is planned for the future.

"We are delighted to partner with ePals to enhance learning outcomes for students by creating collaborative experiences that are truly authentic and engaging," said Stephen Waldron, vice president of humanities and academic design at McGraw-Hill School Education. "By bringing together McGraw-Hill Networks' strong educational content and ePals' global community of classrooms, we're expanding students' worlds while providing them the means to master Common Core standards through top-quality project-based learning experiences."

Launched in 2011, McGraw-Hill Networks combines engaging print and digital resources to help students discover and learn essential social studies content. The program can be personalized and customized for each student to support differentiated instruction, and transforms social studies instruction and learning into an exciting and interactive experience.

"By creating a McGraw-Hill learning community on ePals, we're enabling unprecedented opportunities for students around the world to collaborate, create and share knowledge that reinforces an important understanding of history, geography, government, language and culture," said Ed Fish, president of ePals. "This partnership will enable McGraw-Hill to expand the reach and impact of its digital products while allowing ePals to provide value to its users by incorporating the highest quality educational content throughout its global community."

Learn more about McGraw-Hill's digital learning resources on ePals.

McGraw Hill
McGraw Hill is a leading global education company that partners with millions of educators, learners and professionals around the world. Recognizing their diverse needs, we build trusted content, flexible tools and powerful digital platforms to help them achieve success on their own terms. Through our commitment to equity, accessibility and inclusion, we foster a culture of belonging that respects and reflects the diversity of the communities, learners and educators we serve. McGraw Hill has over 30 offices across North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions for PreK-12, higher education, professionals and others available in more than 80 languages. Visit us at mheducation.com or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

About ePals Corporation

ePals Corporation (TSXV: SLN) is an education media company and the leading Global Learning Network. 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®; Learn365™; 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 1 million classrooms and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. Visit www.epals.com. For In2Books, visit www.In2Books.com.

Contact
Tyler Reed
McGraw Hill
(914) 512-4853
tyler.reed@mheducation.com

Susan McLester
ePals Media Relations
(510) 914-2692