On March 21st, more than 1,000 students from over 30 countries celebrated World Poetry Day in the PenPal Schools Global Poetry Contest. Students wrote and shared original poetry, then voted for their favorite poems written by their peers!
Students poets came from countries like Somalia, Thailand, Argentina, and the United States. No matter where students live, poetry allows them to share their thoughts and perspectives with the world. In the Global Poetry Contest, students wrote poetry about history, the environment, sports, pets, and beloved family members. Their poems expressed emotions like grief, love, fear, anticipation, and gratitude. Join us in congratulating our 2020 Global Poetry Contest winners!
You and your students are invited to join classrooms from around the world in the biggest PenPal exchange of the year: PenPal-A-Palooza 2020! To join PenPal-A-Palooza simply participate in any PenPal Schools topic during January or February 2020.
2019 was a busy year for the PenPal Schools community! Over the past twelve months, PenPals discussed a variety of academic subjects from current events and world cultures to robotics and environmental issues. In 2019 students on PenPal Schools answered 146,986 discussion questions, shared 457,012 comments, and published more than 50,000 projects!
Whether writing poetry and personal essays or designing flags and fashion trends, PenPals worked together to develop critical reading, writing, technology, and social and emotional skills. Students from 48 countries connected to share perspectives and publish projects!
We couldn’t be more excited to start 2020 off with two new PenPal topics designed and built with leading global publisher Oxford University Press!
The PenPal Schools team is excited to welcome parents and guardians to the PenPal Schools community with the launch of our new mobile app! With the new PenPal Schools app (available on Android and iOS), parents and guardians can follow along as their children learn with peers from around the world.
This year, enroll your students in a Global PenPal Challenge! In each challenge, students collaborate with PenPals, create a unique project, win great prizes, and can even receive a feature on the PenPal Schools blog. Challenges are a great way to motivate and engage students while helping them practice reading, writing, technology, and social & emotional skills.
PenPal Schools is excited to announce two brand new topics created in partnership with Oxford University Press: Homes Around the World and Transportation Then & Now.
Each year, teachers around the world use materials from Oxford University Press to support their students. Through an exciting partnership with PenPal Schools, you can now invite your students to read and discuss articles from Oxford University Press with PenPals on PenPal Schools!
Earlier this month, PenPals from around the world joined the PenPal Schools Fake News Contest to celebrate April Fools Day by helping prevent the spread of fake news.
Meet the winners from the Fake News Contest, Isaac, Yasmin, Isabella, and Paty from the Dominican Republic and Caydaruus from Somaliland! These students were recognized by their peers and the PenPal Schools team for their outstanding, informative projects!
This month, celebrate Earth Day by inviting your students to join the PenPal Schools Earth Day Impact Challenge!
Celebrate April Fool’s Day by inviting your students to participate in the Fake News Contest!