Teacher Review for PenPal Schools

Great Tool for Collaboration but in Need of Improvements

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My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
General
How I Use It
Pen Pal Schools is a great way to connect students with students from different regions to learn a concept about math, science, social studies or current events. Students view a short lesson and then are able to interact with their pen pals from different schools all over the world. The one major problem with implementing this in the classroom is that there are limited options and you cannot implement these when you want to, you must abide by their match dates.
My Take
Pen Pal Schools is a great tool to connect students with other from all over the world and align these connections to learning objectives and standards. This is also a great program for English Language Learners however, you are highly limited by the projects that are being offered at one time and having to confine to match dates. This is a great tool but is in need of expansion!