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!
The emphasis on aligning classroom instruction to academic standards is growing not only in the United States but in countries around the world. But academic standards are more than simply stated expectations that teachers and students must meet during a given school day or year. Academic standards are important guidelines that identify content, skills, and processes that students have already been exposed to, as well as the topics and skills that students will be expected to develop in the future.
At PenPal Schools, we have studied a number of different academic standards to ensure that teachers and students can confidently use PenPal Schools to help young scholars learn the information and skills required to succeed in both their primary and secondary education, and in their future careers.
In our Academic Standards Alignment resource, we have identified reading, writing, language, and technology standards that can guide teachers towards targeted learning outcomes while using PenPal Schools.
To most effectively align PenPal Schools to academic standards, consider the following questions:
How can educators inspire students and prepare them for their future education and careers? By teaching 21st century skills! Watch this Google Hangout broadcast to learn more about what these skills are, why they are important, and what technology tools/resources can help.
Many teachers aim to be learner-centered. To be learner-centered means putting the focus on the student. The teacher's primary role is as facilitator to that learning experience. We at PenPal Schools are fans of learner-centered teaching strategies and are passionate about sharing how pen pal exchanges can help make creating a learner-centered classroom fun and easy.
Recently I spoke about technology in the classroom with a group of young teachers at the University of Texas School of Education. Edtech is a hot topic right now and a growing number of universities are adding technology specific courses to the core requirements for any aspiring teacher. Young teachers use technology every day but they are still unsure how to best use technology in the classroom.
The PenPal exchange is alive and well, and this fall, students around the world will build friendships with their peers half a world away! From learning foreign languages with native speakers to exploring current events with students close to the story, there’s a whole lot to look forward to when it comes to having a penpal! While programs like PenPal Schools, it is easier than ever before to get started with a PenPal many learners hunger for more!
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students in 170 countries to learn together.