Over 900 students from more than 17 different countries participated in the Giving Thanks Photography & Essay contest on PenPal Schools. Students from the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and Lithuania shared photographs and wrote essays about the people, places, and things that they are most grateful for. From the 900 contest participants, seven students were selected as contest winners!
by Mark Danforth, PenPal Schools Chief Learning Officer
Student voice helps shape the learning experience by encouraging students to sharing their opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds. As a result, units, lessons, and projects become more relevant to students. Student voice is at the core of project-based learning (and every PenPal Schools project), and it requires more than simply allowing students opportunities to speak during class. Here are four ways you can nurture student voice in all of your PBL units.
This November, PenPals from more than 30 countries including Turkey, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the Ukraine have learned together on PenPal Schools! PenPals are studying robotics, comparing popular culture, and exploring how people around the world celebrate the holidays. Join a PenPal topic today and keep your students motivated through the end of 2019!
Young people around the world have been speaking up for climate change (or climate crisis, depending on the language used in your part of the world!). On PenPal Schools, students discuss the changing environment and examine factors influencing the environment around the world. Meet PenPal Star Addison from the USA, one of the winners of our Global Earth Day Challenge!
Over 700 students from more than 20 different countries participated in the 2019 PenPal Schools Personal Essay Contest. Students wrote about their families, favorite hobbies, and special possessions. Students wrote about academic and athletic accomplishments, their experiences moving, and the loss of family members. After reviewing each essay and looking at the reactions and comments that each essay received from peers in the PenPal community, our team selected three contest winners and ten contest finalists!
IB MYP programs around the world are connecting student globally through project-based learning with PenPals. In this webinar, we highlighted the benefits of global collaboration and featured global projects that align to each MYP content area.
With over 10,000 students learning together on PenPal Schools this October, it’s no surprise that we have many exceptional students to celebrate as PenPal Stars! This month’s PenPal Stars include a student from Canada who created a college budget, students from the USA who designed their dream schools, a student from Russia who created a global cookbook, and many more.
October has been a busy month on PenPal Schools! We've connected 10,000 students from around the world, and more are joining topics each day! Whether discussing world news, digital citizenship, or participating in our global field trip challenge, there are many opportunities to learn with PenPals this month!
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 week, we hosted a webinar for PYP teachers & coordinators to highlight how PYP students around the world are connecting through PenPal Schools. If you weren't able to join us, check out a recording of the webinar!