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Ed Fish, CEO of e Pals, is eager to remove barriers so that learners around the world will have a chance to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.
Founded in 1996, e Pals recently underwent a twenty-first-century business makeover and now offers its updated communications platform to schools free.
When teachers talk about how much they and their students gain by connecting with learners in other parts of the world, their enthusiasm is downright contagious.
Yet for all the promise of learning across distances, these wonderful flat-world projects still seem to be the exception rather than the norm.
"Standards of Conduct on Usenet" in Cultures of Internet: Virtual Spaces, Real Histories, Living Bodies.
and Gail Love, "Electronic Emotion: Socioemotional Content in a Computer-Mediated Communication Network" in Communication Research Vol.
(See Chris O'Neal's Spiral Notebook blog entry "What Does 'The World Is Flat' Mean for Education?
Strange Weather: Culture, Science and Technology in the Age of Limits. Williams, Sarah "'Perhaps Images at One with the World are Already Lost Forever': Vision of Cyborg Anthropology in Post-Cultural Worlds." The Cyborg Handbook.