Researchers and scientists think that when people show gratitude, they make themselves and those around them feel even happier. What are your students thankful for? In November's special PenPal contest, we invite students from around the world to discuss and share their gratitude through photography!
Our team has been working around the clock and we are excited to introduce the new and improved PenPal Schools student experience!
We made the student experience easier to navigate on desktop and mobile devices. To better support students across ages and abilities, our new experience eliminates distractions so students can focus on creating projects and collaborating with PenPals.
This past month, we received a lot of incredible entries for our Global School Pride Contest! We have loved learning about different schools around the world from all of the PenPals who participated in the contest. PenPals did a fantastic job showcasing what makes their schools special and created amazing projects! This week’s PenPal Stars, Levente and Barnabás from Hungary, did a great sharing what makes their school special and comparing their school to others around the world in this project based learning example. They used photography to show off their school to their PenPals!
This week, we are excited to celebrate Mrs. Cain’s 6th grade Digital Citizenship class from Georgia, USA as our newest PenPal Stars! They participated in A World of Food, learning about different foods and cultures through project based learning with students from around the world. This class of 6th graders worked in teams to create global cookbooks, share about secret ingredients, and compare meals from different countries around the world! Check out their incredible work in this project based learning example:
This week, students across the United States are participating in Media Literacy Week, but it’s not just students in the U.S. who are discussing media literacy! Fake news affects communities around the world, which is why students have been connecting with their peers globally in Facts, Opinions, and Fake News. Over 1,000 students are participating in this project right now!
This week, meet one of our Global Ambassadors from Lithuania, Egle Bridikiene! She teaches at Martynas Mažvydas progymnasium and loves how PenPal Schools helps her students develop digital citizenship.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals create an agenda to transform our world by 2030. Teachers around the world are supported to bring the Sustainable Development Goals into their classrooms through TeachSDGs. PenPal Schools can also help you connect your students with PenPals around the world to learn more about the SDGs and take action in your local community.
Global project-based learning through PenPal Schools helps students make changes locally that have a global impact. Through action-oriented projects, students engage with their peers around the world to gain global perspectives about a topic that affects people around the world. Whether discussion immigration or the environment, PenPals are exchanging ideas, solving problems in their communities, and sharing solutions with their peers around the world.
There are more than 4,000 different religions and religious groups around the world. In our newest project, World Religions, your students can connect with their peers to learn and gain global perspectives about how religions influence individuals and communities.
In this collaborative project, students connect globally to discuss religions around the world, compare the different elements of religion, and explore the history of religion and its influence on society. Then, students will create their own project to publish in the PenPal Schools Showcase!
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in a different country? How would it be similar or different to your home? In the World Explorer project, students participate in collaborative learning activities to compare and contrast their lives with those of other students around the world. Students from 150 different countries share about their daily life, food, history, art, literature, and pop-culture. This month, over 2,000 students participated in this project based learning unit!