The U.S. midterm elections take place November 6, and countries around the world have been watching the midterm races to see how Americans will vote.
To help students make sense of the upcoming elections, PenPal Schools is now offering American Perspectives, where students can learn more about issues like education, healthcare, the economy and immigration.
What makes your school special? Our global community wants to know! This month, your students can win great prizes while showing off their school pride in the PenPal Schools Global School Pride Contest!
If you’ve been using PenPal Schools for a while then you’ve seen it grow and improve dramatically over the years. In the past few months alone we’ve introduced over 10 new projects and dozens of new features for both students and teachers! So that PenPal Schools can continue to grow and improve, we now require schools to pay for access.
Every community around the world has music! Now, your students can curate a DJ set, report on a musical event, compose a song, or explore careers in music in our newest project: A World of Music.
Teachers have told us that they love the recent changes to PenPal Schools, from the new alignment to project-based learning to unlimited PenPals for every student.
There’s one change that makes PenPal Schools easier than ever for teachers: now, you can start PenPal Schools projects at any time! No waiting for start dates, no scheduling dilemmas, just global PenPals whenever you want them.
Now that you can start projects at any time, it’s easy to incorporate more global projects into your curriculum. Projects are also more flexible, so that you can complete them at your own pace. Some projects can last you a whole month, and others can be completed in a single class period! Simply sign up for a project, enroll your students, and begin. It’s that easy!
We made a bunch of changes to PenPal Schools over the summer, and perhaps the most exciting is how we connect students with PenPals!
In the past, the PenPal Schools team matched every student with 3-4 PenPals. Now, every lesson includes a forum where students can interact with thousands of peers from the PenPal Schools community!
All discussions are guided by thought-provoking questions and are easily monitored by teachers, so the forums stay safe and on-topic. The student forums have been active for months and we’ve already noticed a huge improvement in both the quality and quantity of student work!
This new method has another big benefit: no more waiting for PenPal Match Day! You can start any project at any time, and complete it at your own pace. To get started, just select a project!
Interested in implementing more project based learning in your class this year? PenPal Schools can help! Whether your students design robots with PenPals in Asia, write poetry with PenPals in Europe, or create environmental solutions with PenPals in Africa, we’re here to support you as you transition to global project based learning.
Here is your step-by-step PBL guide to getting started:
Have you checked out PenPal Schools recently? You may not recognize it!
Schools around the world are transitioning to project-based learning to help students develop 21st century skills like collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. In response, we have reimagined PenPal Schools to provide students with more opportunities to connect and create! Your students can now design robots with PenPals in Asia, write poems with PenPals in Europe, create environmental solutions with PenPals in Africa, and fight for equality with PenPals from around the world!
Teachers around the world want to connect their students globally to expand their worldviews and practice critical communication skills. So far, a quarter million students from 150 countries have participated in our global learning community! To celebrate a quarter million PenPals, we want to share some of our favorite stories about the learning and life-changing experiences students have been having through global connections.
This week, 6,600 students from 39 different countries started collaborative global projects. There are even more opportunities to connect your students with PenPals around the world starting every Monday in February.