The wait is finally over! We are excited to introduce two new projects, La Comida Latina and La Cultura Latina, available exclusively to PenPal PLUS subscribers! Both projects are entirely in Spanish and can be completed in one week.
Hello global educators! We’ve got many free global projects available this month, including some new shorter projects that can be completed in as little as one week! It’s never been easier to incorporate collaborative global projects into your classroom.
To celebrate Earth day and the end of the school year, we’re organizing the biggest PenPal exchange ever! From May 8th to 12th, students from around the world will join forces for the environment!
In our new 1 week project, Joining Forces for the Environment, students will think globally and act locally. Students will learn with PenPals around the world about topics like freshwater supply, deforestation and climate change. They’ll then identify an environmental issue affecting their own communities and work together to complete a project designed to make a positive impact.
We know how hard it can be to make time for long projects at the end of the school year. That’s why PenPal Schools has introduced new PenPal projects that can be completed in 4 weeks, 3 weeks, or even in less than a single week!
We’ve made these new projects short enough to fit into your busy end-of-the-year schedule, and we’ve emphasized project-based learning to keep students engaged even as summer approaches.
Teachers have always loved how students develop skills with PenPal Schools through fun, global exchanges. Our new assessment tools empower teachers to guide student learning and improve learning outcomes!
Star ratings allows teachers to provide students with clear, actionable feedback. Teachers can also comment to provide more personal instruction.
Students around the world have been engaging with PenPals like never before. With our newest project, VR Field Trip to Pakistan, students have connected with PenPals in Pakistan and other regions to learn about a country that is often misunderstood. Through virtual reality, PenPals have experienced the sights and sounds of the bustling streets of Lahore, Pakistan.
For teachers who missed the first exchange we have great news. The project begins again - with even more Pakistani classes participating - next Monday! Students will need to enroll before Monday to be matched with PenPals. Have you signed your class up yet?
Pakistan is one of the most misunderstood countries on Earth. Students (and adults) often form perceptions about Pakistan based on what they see in the news, which frequently includes violence and political instability while offering little insight into the country's rich history and culture.
PenPal Schools' newest project, “VR Field Trip to Pakistan,” seeks to address this problem by enabling students to explore Pakistan like never before. On the invitation of the Pakistani Government, PenPal Schools has filmed Virtual Reality video content throughout the ancient city of Lahore, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Through incredibly immersive VR “field trips,” students from around the world will connect with online PenPals to experience the bustling streets, ancient forts, and stunning mosques of Lahore. They’ll also get a glimpse of Pakistan’s rich culture, arts, food, and traditions - all while improving their reading, writing, and technology skills.
Teachers can sign up for free and invite their students to enroll before PenPal Match Day on March 20.
Of course, no PenPal Schools project would be complete without PenPals, so we’ve teamed up with the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation so that students around the world can learn with PenPals from across Pakistan! The federation represents over 197,000 schools and 20 million students from every province in Pakistan, so there should be plenty of Pakistani PenPals to go around!
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.
Letter from our Founder: We’ve Raised $1.25M to Expand Learning Opportunities for Students Everywhere
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.
Get to know our 2016 PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors:
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.
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.
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!
We're turning the Presidential election into a learning opportunity with our latest newest course: Decision 2016. This free course helps K12 students of all abilities study and share issues at the center of the upcoming presidential election. Each week, students watch original videos, read nonpartisan articles and share their thoughts with a PenPal from across the country!
PenPal Schools has teamed up with Dell to promote global education through the launch of The Big Small World contest. More than 60 non-profit organizations within the Dell Youth Learning program will share PenPal Schools with educators in their programs. The non-profit organization that signs up the most students will win $10,000 in Dell technology! Winners will be announced in March 2016.
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students in 170 countries to learn together.
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