The beneficiaries of a movement to equip students in developing countries with low-cost laptops now have a new resource to help them put the technology to sound educational use both in the U.S. and around the world, thanks to deals struck among ePals Inc., distributors of the low-cost laptops, and the National Geographic Society.

The agreements mean ePals' suite of safe, kid-friendly electronic communication tools--including the company's SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and Global Learning Community applications--will be available to students using Intel's Classmate PC and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation's $188 XO laptop.

ePals, which started as a web-based electronic penpal service...

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