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Internet Keypal Exchanges

These sites will aid teachers who are looking for Internet keypal exchanges for their classes. Note that we have identified keypal resources for matching classes of students together. We have not tried to find sites that match individual keypals. Please read our disclaimer.

Dealing with Internet Abuses and Hazards
If you are going to set up keypal exchanges for your students, you should first ensure that they are aware of the personal risks they may face and how to deal with them. This link is to one part of our CLN page addressing Internet Abuses. Look for the section on Personal Risks, and particularly for the links which provide information on student "safety."

ePals Classroom Exchange
A web site where you can search for classroom partners for email exchanges or post your own request.

Global Kids Commons
In addition to sponsoring a number of Internet Projects, Global Commons Inc. offers the "Electronic Sister School Program" - a service through which schools are matched with other schools around the world. Schools then communicate with each other to set up either project or keypal exchanges.

How to Find Pen Pals
Three different ways of finding keypals for your class are described. In addition, you can read about one school's way of handling safety and review some suggestions for collaborative activities.

Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections
The IECC Organization manages several mailing lists intended to help teachers and classes link with partners in other countries and cultures for e-mail classroom pen-pal and project exchanges. This site contains subscription information, request forms, browsable archives, and searchable archives. Note: archive files will take a long time to download and have limited value due to the time sensitive nature of the original requests.If you're interested in keypals or projects, we recommend you join the lists.

This meta-list from Pitsco has links to over 50 WWW sites which focus on keypals. Some of these are listserv archives which circulate keypal requests; others are WWW sites where requests for keypals may be posted and/or read; even others are specific to a particular keypal project.

Keypals Club
This database from Mighty Media enables teachers and students to find other classes and individuals who are willing to engage in keypal exchanges.

Kidlink is a grassroots organization aimed at involving students aged 10-15 in a global dialog. These dialogs may involve open email discussion, moderated discussions around a theme, and special projects.

Rigby Heinemann Key Pals
You can read requests for keypal exchanges, send replies to these requests, or post your own request at this site. The messages are organized into three sections (ages 5-10, 11-13, and 14-20) with the most recent messages posted at the top of the page.


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