Art helps people make sense of the world around them. Whether telling stories about a community or inspiring a debate, art introduces new ideas and can be powerful enough to change the world.
Students around the world have been creating and sharing art with PenPals in The Power of Art, and this week we are excited to highlight some stellar artists as our PenPals of the Week! Congratulations to Daniel, Emily, Danny, and Walran from New York, USA, Hannah from Texas, USA, Aunva from Thailand, and Sergiy from Ukraine!
When you think about global education, chances are the first thing you think about is learning about different countries and cultures. Why simply read about various world cultures when you can explore and compare them with global PenPals! A global PenPal exchange brings geography to life, adds context to cultural studies, and motivates students to examine their own communities.
This week, we’re celebrating PenPals of the Week Lukas from Sweden, Sebastian and Stacy from Texas, Callie from Georgia, Hayden and Vanessa from South Carolina, Amber from South Africa, Celestino, Martina, and Santiago from Argentina who recently completed World Explorer.
There are a lot of ways to try to engage students in their learning, but nothing engages students more than giving them opportunities to use their own voice and choice to direct their learning. If you haven’t invited students to write their own math problems, then you are missing out on a great way to engage students in math tasks. Simply asking students to create their own math problems challenges them to be creative, communicate clearly, and have a thorough understanding of mathematical formulas and equations. You can even take it a step further by inviting your students to share their math problems with their peers around the world!
This week, we celebrate Tkachuk from Ukraine, Kathryn, Katelyn, Rogan, Kate, Lauren, and MaryEllen from Iowa, JJ from Massachusetts, and Cheryl from California, USA as our PenPals of the Week. These students recently completed global math projects and developed their own word problems to challenge PenPals from around the world.
Whether you are gathering to celebrate or just take a lunch break, food connects people. The food we eat tells a story about our culture, our environment, and our lives. Food is home, and by sharing their favorite foods, students can learn a lot about cultures around the world.
This week, we celebrate Anisha from Thailand, Alondra from the United States, Ellenor from the United Kingdom, and Aqilah from Malaysia who recently completed A World of Food. Our PenPals of the Week shared the foods that make their community home.
When I was a high school history teacher, my students used to ask me how their peers around the world learn about history. “Miss, how do students in Germany learn about WWII? How do students in England learn about the American Revolution? Is that even what they call it?”
Students spend most of their time in school, so it makes sense that they are overflowing with questions about how students around the world learn. We’re proud to celebrate Aneesh and Kael from ES International School in Spain, Anton from Sweden, and Annika from Taiwan who recently completed Schools Around the World.
"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.
On February 14, 2018, 14 students and 3 teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in world history. Students from around the world have been watching the news and joining the conversation, organizing walk-outs and marches to demand change in their own communities. Keeping up with the news is not just a passive activity; it influences students’ understanding of current events and can influence national opinion and policy.
This week, we celebrate Ganessa from Florida, Shane, Marina, and Ty from New Jersey, and Victoria, Darnell, Sharon, and Naomi from Illinois as PenPals of the Week. They recently completed World News, where they discussed news stories pertaining to the environment, technology, war, government, and poverty with other PenPals from around the world. They shared statistics and opinions about the Parkland shooting, government responses, and how the tragedy has fostered a wider debate around gun ownership.
This month, the world came together in sport and competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from 92 countries competed in winter sporting events like ice hockey, snowboarding, and luge while their fans at home cheered them on.
PenPals around the world have been participating in the international spirit of the Olympics, too, by connecting to learn more about the historic games. In 2018 Winter Olympics, students learned about the history of the Olympics and the events in the winter games, as well as researched Olympians competing in 2018.
This week, we celebrate Ms. Ruhl’s class from Wisconsin, USA who participated in 2018 Winter Olympics.
A 2017 Pew Research study found that 72% of American adults are worried about robots and computers taking over human jobs. However, 59% of PenPals who recently completed the Robotics project think that the automation of industrial jobs is a good thing.
It’s clear that robots and machines are already replacing human labor, but most PenPals are still hopeful that this won’t leave humans scavenging for scraps. This week, we celebrate Ufuk from Turkey, James and Austin from Canada, and Aubri from the United States as PenPals of the Week. These students learned about how robots are programmed and operated across different industries in Robotics. PenPals discussed how robots are currently being used in their communities and how they should be used in the future.
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.