Ravi Unites Schools provides a unique opportunity for educators and school administrators from around the world to connect in order to promote cultural competency and peer-to-peer learning among students.
For the 2019 EdTech Awards, Britannica nominates Ravi Hutheesing as our favorite “trendsetter” in recognition of his efforts to bring educators and learners around the world together with the pioneering initiative Ravi Unites Schools. His breakthrough program—using the latest in video conference technology to provide “real-time audio-video interactions” between classrooms around the globe—perfectly embodies Britannica’s mission to “ignite curiosity and the joy of learning” by fostering collaboration, cultural sharing, and friendship. Britannica believes that initiatives such as these—powerful in their innovative use of available technology to achieve a simple goal—are exactly what the next generation needs to move the world forward in understanding, progress, and knowledge.
Next Interaction: Elmwood WI USA and Shanghai China
Last Interaction: Poland OH USA and Tamil Nadu India
Our live video-audio session covered more lessons in 45 minutes than I could cover in months, and the students loved it!
- Lauren M., School Teacher, Poland OH
Opportunities to Connect:
Whether meeting each other across the globe or even just across town, students participating in these real-time audio-video interactions will have several opportunities to connect. Groups may choose to:
1. Share individual stories and topics related to their daily home and academic lives (a script with question prompts will be provided)
2. Develop follow up events and activities in their own and each other’s communities.
“It is my intent that these interactions will plant the seeds of greater understanding between peers of differing geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and inspire them to create simple, collaborative follow-up activities that will create positive, lasting change,” said Ravi. “It’s essential to give students the opportunity to bond naturally and become culturally competent."
Join the Network:
Use the sign up form on this page, and if you have any questions, please email Sandy (sandy@RaviUnitesSchools.com). We will gladly help any members connect with a school around the globe that offers cultural diversity, and we will take the lead on organizing a real-time audio-video interaction between your students and theirs.
With the support of a Ravi Unites Schools facilitator (Ravi will facilitate himself whenever his schedule permits), students are able to connect over topics of mutual interest during a 30-45 minute video conference. In preparation, Ravi Unites Schools will help organize everything from finding the right school and students on the other side of the world, managing schedules and time-zones, organizing a technical rehearsal, and hosting the actual exchange.