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!
This month, celebrate World Poetry Day by inviting your students to join the PenPal Schools Global Poetry Contest!
The PenPal Schools team is excited to announce the addition of four new documentary films and companion lessons to one of our most popular PenPal Schools topics: The World Through My Eyes.
Have you joined PenPal-A-Palooza yet? Each day, thousands of students are making global connections and exploring different topics. Project based learning with PenPal Schools makes it fun for students and teachers to develop reading, writing, social and emotional learning (SEL), and digital citizenship skills!
PenPal-A-Palooza ends February 28, and each week we are going to recognize 4 all-star students that demonstrate excellence in reading, writing, social & emotional skills, and digital citizenship! Here’s a sneak peak of what we’re looking for in our PenPal-A-Palooza All-Stars and how to support your students so they can win an award:
Students love to read the comments that their PenPals leave on their writing, but we know that students need support to leave critical, relevant, and helpful feedback. It’s time to take student writing to the next level with new peer assessment & badging!
Now, students have the opportunity to give and receive specific feedback from dozens of peers around the world.
The new peer assessment reviews are designed to help students improve their writing. Instead of simply upvoting a great response, now students can analyze why the response is great by giving reviews like Inspiring, Uses Facts, and Super Spelling. Students also earn badges based on the number of reviews they receive!
See how peer assessment can improve your students’ writing by enrolling in a PenPal Schools topic.