Teacher Review for PenPal Schools

Fantastic cooperative and enlightening learning opportunities for students!

Carli M.
Graduate Student, Early Childhood Education
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
How I Use It
This website provides project-based learning opportunities that would work in my classroom on many levels. Students can learn much about the world from interacting with students from other countries as they explore different topics together. Third grade students could participate in a variety of lessons such as: Schools Around The World, Protecting The Planet, A World of Food, or Fables, Folktales and Mythology, to name a few.
My Take
On paper, this seems like an excellent way for students to learn about the world and interact with other children from different cultures...as long as the students themselves get engaged in the topic and connect with their pen pals. Some of the comments in the teacher forum seem to indicate that the mechanics of the projects are a little confusing, but overall, the website seems well-constructed. I am excited to have the opportunity to use this in my classroom and will add a new review once I have.