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PenPal Schools

Join the world's largest collaborative learning community!

PenPal Schools connects students from around the world to learn together! Students collaborate through online projects ranging from human rights and the environment to fake news and robotics, all while practicing literacy, technology and social-emotional skills.​

Covid-19 solutions


HundrED has selected this innovation to

Quality Education for all during Covid-19

Web presence





March 2020

About the innovation

Making Project-based Learning Easy.

Connecting Globally

Our team is working closely with schools in China, Italy, Iran, and other countries that are currently experiencing school closures as a result of the coronavirus. In many of these cases, schools are already closed and teachers are struggling to provide students with learning opportunities now that they are outside of school.

We encourage teachers that are not yet affected by the coronavirus to be proactive. Make a digital instruction plan long in advance of school or district closures and make sure both students and parents are aware of the plan.

Recommended Topics

In addition to extending free access to PenPal Schools, we want to encourage teachers and students to participate in a number of specific PenPal topics to support their students in learning about the health issues and current events that are in the news.

The Human Body connects students with PenPals to learn about the human body, its systems, diseases and illnesses, and strategies that people in their community use to stay healthy. Accurate information is one of the most effective ways to help reduce stress and anxiety related to virus fears and we encourage students to learn about this topic virtually with PenPals.

World News connects students to learn about and discuss current events. We invite teachers and their students to add a human element to the news through the discussion of health, government, and economic news with PenPals.

PenPal Schools for Parents

The PenPal Schools team has also extended free access to parents who would like to use PenPal Schools to connect their children to peers through curriculum-based online instruction while out of school. Parents can download the PenPal Schools mobile application to enroll for free over the next two months.

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Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

PenPal Schools is a great way for students to connect globally and work on projects together. This cross-national collaboration offers students new perspectives and understanding. During this pandemic, PenPal Schools have created projects to help students better understand COVID-19 and what they can do to help.

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