Sunday, January 25, 2009
Developed by Sesame Workshop and funded by Merrill Lynch, Panwapa.com is a free, non-commercial site that is designed to inspire and empower children to be responsible global citizens. This exciting web site provides a wonderful opportunity for schools and organizations to teach children about the world and its people. Panwapa is produced by Sesame Workshop, the people behind Sesame Street, in partnership with the Merrill Lynch Foundation.
Aimed at three to seven year olds, but also appropriate for older children, Panwapa provides children the opportunity to create their own Panwapa kid and explore the globe visiting other Panwapa kids. Children can communicate with other kids by leaving their Panwapa cards with a comment selected from a list of messages.
In addition to using Panwapa at homes, teachers can access the formal and informal online lessons plans co-written by Gayle Berthiaume and myself, and edited by Seseame Workshop for use in the classroom.
Also, be sure to check out the videos available on the site and on iTunes.