This project will make an impact both locally in Austin as well as in schools around the world.
Both local and international students will develop important skills through this project, including reading, writing, social & emotional skills, and digital literacy. This project will include high quality lessons proven to promote positive learning outcomes. This project (like all) will be aligned to academic standards. Details at https://www.penpalschools.com/learning-outcomes.html
Students in Austin will serve as cultural ambassadors. They will represent our local community while also learning about other communities abroad.
This project will enable students from around the world, many of whom will never get the chance to visit the USA, to experience this country through virtual reality. Through the PenPal Schools app, they will not only learn about the USA through online lessons using virtual reality, they will also form personal collaborative connections with students American students.
A similar project, VR Field Trip to Pakistan, has already been very successful with over 2,500 participants in 14 countries:https://blog.penpalschools.com/home/coming-soon-vr-field-trip-to-pakistanhttp://kxan.com/2017/04/24/students-take-a-virtual-field-trip-to-places-textbooks-cant/