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.
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.
Did you know that 62 million girls worldwide are not in school? In many places it is customary for girls to stay home while their brothers pursue an education. In some places girls are able to attend school but lack critical resources like textbooks and trained teachers. Even worse, young girls around the world sometimes face harassment and violence when they pursue an education.
We would like to celebrate the holiday by taking a look into some traditional clothing across the world! Each country has various traditional clothing, some of which are specific to certain regions. While many traditional clothes across the world are no longer worn on a daily basis (today it may be symbolic and worn during certain festivals or celebrations, for example), traditional clothing is highly representative of a country’s history, climate, customs and the diverse ethnic groups who inhabit them.
From the United States to India, and from France to Papua New Guinea, each culture has its own set of traditional clothing. Looking at traditional fashion from around the world is a great way to celebrate the unique characteristics of different cultures. Join us as we continue our journey around the world and explore 16 examples of traditional clothing from 16 countries where our PenPals live!We select only a few items per country, and attempt to highlight as much diversity as possible. If you love exploring cultures as much as we do, sign up for free and connect with a PenPal today!
After the first presidential primary debate, the election cycle is officially under way! Let’s take this opportunity to explore PenPal perspectives on American Jobs and the changing US economy, a topic that will receive plenty of attention this election cycle. In the coming weeks, we’ll share PenPal perspectives on immigration, marriage equality, and many other topics that are sure to make a splash leading up to Decision 2016!
Should I shake his hand? Should I bow? Should I kiss her on the cheeks? Each country has its own greeting customs, from bowing, to shaking hands, to kissing. These diverse customs can make even the simple act of saying hello” seem awkward and confusing. So we at PenPal Schools we decided to come up with a short guide on how to greet people around the world, country by country.
The future is here, and it is global! Thanks to technology, the world is multicultural, multilingual, and more connected than ever before. The way we interact with communities around the world impacts national security, environmental conservation, and economic development. Global education is the key to preparing young people to succeed in this interconnected world. So what is global education? What are the benefits? And why is it here to stay?
If one takes the highways straight from New York City to Austin, Texas, the journey takes approximately 26 hours this was the path that the PenPal Schools team set out upon when they left New York City. 26 hours is a long time and the long stretches of highway afforded the team plenty of opportunity to think about how far they had come and what they had learned along the way.
Neither learning languages with a PenPal nor communicating with him or her via technology are new concepts; however, PenPal Schools makes the process fun and easy. In this post we will consider two academic studies that support the benefits of a platform dedicated to PenPal exchanges.
The PenPal Schools team makes it to D.C. and the 1776 Challenge Cup. Joe practices his speech while Miguel and Mike try to park the school bus. Obama speaks about entrepreneurship at the Start the Spark Initiative.
PenPal exchanges offer students unparalleled opportunities to learn about world cultures. Sometimes this even means dispelling myths or eliminating misunderstandings! Check out this example of how an eighth grade social studies class at the American School in Guadalajara taught students at Terrill Middle School in New Jersey about Mexican culture via their PenPal exchange.
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students in 170 countries to learn together.