February has been an exciting month for our PenPals of the Week! Our young scholars have left us feeling inspired as they explored topics from food and history to education and civil rights! Our February PenPals demonstrated respectful behavior, a commitment to academic excellence, and an interest in collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds. Please join us in celebrating our PenPals of the Week from the month of February!
Have you ever noticed all the flags you and your students see every day? From national, state, and municipal flags, to university flags, business flags, athletic flags, and flags that champion social causes, you can learn a lot about communities by studying the flags they create and choose to display.
PenPals of the Week demonstrate the extraordinary learning and connections that students can develop from PenPal exchanges. This week we hosted PenPal-A-Palooza, our largest exchange ever in which we welcomed over 5,000 students from all across the world to collaborate and learn together. To inspire all these new PenPals we’re sharing some words of wisdom from Victoria, a great PenPal from Connecticut (USA).
Letter from our Founder: We’ve Raised $1.25M to Expand Learning Opportunities for Students Everywhere
PenPals of the Week demonstrate the extraordinary learning and connections that students can develop from PenPal exchanges. For example, Brett and his class are currently enrolled in our Protecting the Planet course. This course teaches students about environmental issues and the inspiring people who are working to address them. During the fifth week of this six week course, students learn about famous oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her mission to protect the world’s oceans.
We had a great time co-hosting the #GlobalEdChat on Twitter this week! Check out this full wrap-up to see the conversation and meet the educators that participated.
Every day the PenPal Schools teams and educators around the world get to witness the extraordinary learnings and connections that develop from our student’s PenPal exchanges. Now with our “PenPals of the Week” series you will, too! Follow along as we celebrate these young global learners.
This year we are proud to welcome a new cohort of PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are not only passionate about global education but also value community and learning with peers. Together they form a global network of education leaders from North America, South America, Europe and Africa. Over the next year Ambassadors will share best practices and lessons learned with one another and colleagues through professional development opportunities as well as work to grow our global community.
2016 has been an election year like no other. As election rhetoric intensifies and anticipation builds, how can we engage students thoughtfully? One way is by teaching students issues at the center of the election in an unbiased manner. Another is to put student voice at the center of instruction. PenPal Schools’ Decision 2016 course does both by connecting students from across the country to share perspectives on these important national issues!
Over the past two years we’ve seen some truly awesome PenPal exchanges!
This year, the PenPal Schools team wants to show our respect and admiration for the young scholars who demonstrate the values of a great PenPal! These exceptional PenPals serve as an example for the classmates but also for our community of PenPals from around the world!
We are all connected by our environment. We depend on natural resources for the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we use. The great diversity and possibility of Earth is truly awe-inspiring! Ideally every student would have the opportunity to experience the similarities and differences of our planet’s ecosystems first hand: to visit the Great Barrier Reef or hike alongside rhino’s in their South African habitat, for example. This may not be possible for every student, but thanks to technology, students and their peers around the world students can now learn together about Earth and our shared challenge of protecting it.
About a year ago, our team sat down to explore Global Education and explain why including Global Education in the classroom is so important. Following that blog post, many of you reached out with comments and questions. You wanted to share and discover resources about Global Education and learn about better ways to prepare your students for a connected and collaborative future.
For young people to succeed in the future they must learn in the present, and Global Educators are helping young people successfully navigate our connected world! We’re excited to share some of our professional development tips to help you reflect and grow as a Global Educator!
We know that technology in our schools and classrooms is here to stay. But with new tools coming out every year, how will you choose the right tech for your students this school year? Our Head of Learning, Mark Danforth (@MarkDDanforth), shares five questions that every teacher and school administrator should ask before deciding to bring tech into the classroom.
They’re back! Students all around the world are returning to school and classroom decor is being hung. We’ve been hard at work over the summer learning from teachers around the world and making PenPal Schools better than ever! Whether you’re returning to enroll in another course or connecting your students with PenPals for the first time, here’s the latest and greatest.
As a team of lifelong learners, we at PenPal Schools have an increasingly long list of blogs we turn to daily for inspiration, teaching strategies, quick tips and emerging best practices from our fellow educators. As you prepare for the new school year check out these must-reads!
Summary and recap of the 2016 ISTE conference in Denver, Colorado where the focus was on global education and technology as a driver of change in education.
From choosing courses to creating the content in our articles, PenPal Schools designs learning experiences with teachers’ and students’ goals in mind. We work with educators around the world to help students meet their individual learning goals in a fun and collaborative way.
For example, students can practice critical reading and writing skills with Decision 2016. Or they can take a deep dive into geography and global history with World Explorer. Our courses make it easy for students to master many different skills while learning with a peer from a different community around the world.
This spring, we’ve been working hard to make PenPal Schools an even better learning resource for our teachers and students! Thanks to your thoughtful feedback, we’ve made some pretty excellent changes that we’re excited to share with you! Here’s a brief list to help you get caught up!
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students in 170 countries to learn together.