It is officially holiday season! What holidays do you and your students celebrate? In Holidays & Festivals of the World, students explore how people around the world celebrate different holidays including New Years, Christmas, Ramadan, and Diwali through project based learning. Students collaborate with peers to discover traditions and culture as they create products such as holiday cards, proposals for new holidays, and stories about how they celebrate their own holidays!
Over 2,000 students from around the world participated in the Global School Pride Contest, sharing what makes their school special in the PenPal Schools project Schools Around the World. We’re excited to announce the winners from this contest: Iris, Ava, Lauren, and Catherine from Trinity Preparatory School in Florida, USA!
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.
This month, students around the world are showing off their school pride in our Global School Pride Contest. By enrolling in Schools Around the World, students and their PenPals get to compare their schools and then create a Showcase project to show off their school pride!
We’ll be selecting the top five projects from the Showcase to win great prizes, so here are some tips to help your students create outstanding Showcase projects:
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!
Teachers who love PenPal Schools so much that they share it with colleagues throughout their school, state, and country often become Global Ambassadors. These teachers don’t just connect students globally, they are masters at supporting global project-based learning in their classrooms and school communities.
So what about PenPal Schools made these teachers so enthusiastic that they wanted to help spread the PenPal love? We caught up with four of our ambassadors recently to learn more about why they love PenPal Schools.
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!
This week we’re headed to the IB Global Conference in San Diego, California to meet and learn from IB educators from around the world! The theme of this year’s conference is Shaping the Future, and we can’t wait to learn about the new ways the IB continuum prepares students to be global leaders.
With over 100 breakout sessions throughout the 4 day conference, there are going to be endless opportunities to network, learn, and grow your practice. To help you make the most of IB San Diego 2018, we’ve created this guide with the most relevant sessions for global project based learning, as well as the not-to-miss highlights of the conference.
Panels, posters, and lectures, oh my! Did you know that there are more than 1,300 different sessions, events, and learning opportunities at ISTE 2018?! To help handle the pre-conference planning stress, We sat down to create a list of the opportunities that we are most excited for at ISTE 2018. We chose opportunities led by school leaders and teachers as well as opportunities that align with the learning goals supported by PenPal Schools! Enjoy the list, share your feedback, and don’t miss our general conference tips at the bottom of the article.
"To me, clothing is a form of self-expression. There are hints about who you are in what you wear."
Clothing also reflects where you come from, who you surround yourself with, and what cultures you celebrate. Students can learn a lot about other countries and communities by exploring international clothing and fashion trends.
We’re excited to celebrate 18 PenPals of the Week who recently completed Clothing and Culture of the World: Mia and Anja from the United States Acozthavylla, Stephanie, and Siti from Malaysia, and Adis, Eimantas, Lukas, Aurimas, Rapolas, Ayda, Armina, Akvile, Marius, Dainora, Greta, Kazimieras, and Vilte from Lithuania.