Making Global Connections: The Edmodo Pen Pal Project
Posted by: Lucia Giacomantonio
This is a guest post from Tina Schmidt, a 3rd grade teacher at St. Ignatius of Antioch in Yardley, Pennsylvania. This post can also be found on her blog at tschmidt.edublogs.org. If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form.
Edmodo is an excellent platform for creating connections between classrooms in different parts of the world. In the past, I’ve always had “snail mail” pen pals for my 3rd grade students, but once I found Edmodo, I realized it was the perfect place for online pen pals. I created the Edmodo Pen Pal Project in conjunction with the Global Classroom Project.
How it Works
Step 1. Teachers sign their classes up and are linked with 3 other classrooms from different regions of the world.
Step 2. Using Edmodo, teachers create a groups for 4-5 students (we call these clusters).
Step 3. Teachers then take turns providing discussion topics for the students. Students then use Edmodo to chat about these topics and teachers moderate these discussions.
Sample topics might include: favorite foods, holidays, school subjects, free time activities, sports, etc. Upper grades might also discuss current events or topics for a certain historical event. Teachers may also decide to put students into small groups for a book discussion or to collaborate on a writing project.
The next round of the Edmodo Pen Pal Project will begin in February and run until May. It is appropriate for students ages 7 to 18 and will help students learn to respect and appreciate the opinions, cultures and customs of others.
Sign up, ask questions, and get more information by visiting the project’s wiki.