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(Electronics) a person with whom one regularly exchanges E-mails for fun
[C20: from keyboard + penpal]



a person with whom one corresponds regularly by e-mail.
[1995–2000;patterned after pen pal]
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Sabella (1998) presented a list of computer applications that would be potentially helpful to peer leaders, helpers, and helpees that included multimedia presentations, databases, desktop publishing, electronic mail, KeyPals, listservs, and the World Wide Web.
I was glad to see that even though it was on a purely voluntary basis, there were more kids who showed interest than there were keypals to give out.
Students can also create their own podcasts or connect with keypals through any VoIP application with the input functionality.
Robert O'Dowd also examines the development of intercultural competence (Byram, 1997) in his contribution to the special issue, "Understanding the Other Side: Intercultural Learning in a Spanish-English E-Mail Exchange;" however, he explores the degree of intercultural learning in a range of intercultural dyads, rather than focusing on one relatively unsuccessful set of keypals.
The E-mail Center lets students find and correspond with keypals around the world.
People you contact online aren't always who they seem, even people who become penfriends or keypals.
My students had brainstormed questions to ask their keypals about school life, teen life, and cultural life in Sweden.
Many classrooms have developed keypals (penpals) with students in other geographic locations.
What information can we find out from our Keypals that is otherwise unavailable to us?
This includes directories of classrooms looking for keypals (pen pals), ideas for e-mail class projects, and e-mail addresses of experts from different careers and industries that are excited about sharing their knowledge with students across the country.
Undergraduate students, many of whom had their belief systems challenged by a confrontation with otherness for the first time in the telecollaborative partnership under study, may be less equipped to negotiate heteroglossic diversity in their emails with keypals than professional journalists in hard news stories.
Keypals exchange first "hello" letter (informal e-mail on general themes like personal characteristics, family, hobbies, or school life).