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Updates in this issue:

  • Britannica Nominates Ravi for 2019 EdTech Awards
  • Education Reimagined: Schools Out Roundtable
  • Pizza, Ping Pong and Piano: the Latest Ravi Unites Schools Interaction with students in Shanghai, China and Elmwood, Wisconsin, USA
  • FROM THE BLOG: Education Leadership Results Are In On the Future of Multiplayer Online Gaming

Britannica Nominates Ravi for 2019 EdTech Awards

For the 2019 EdTech Awards, Britannica has nominated Ravi Hutheesing as their favorite “trendsetter” in recognition of his efforts to bring educators and learners around the world together with the pioneering initiative, Ravi Unites Schools. The EdTech Awards are the largest and most competitive in all of education technology and shine a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters in the education realm. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2019.  

“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.  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,” said Britannica in its nomination materials.

Education Reimagined: Schools Out Roundtable

Earlier this month, Ravi participated in a robust conversation with fellow education thought leaders conducted by Education Reimagined. Each conversation revolved around the question: What if school did not exist? What would you create? Follow the conversation here:


Pizza, Ping Pong and Piano: the Latest Ravi Unites Schools Interaction with students in Shanghai, China and Elmwood, Wisconsin, USA

Last Friday, dozens of 5th grade students in the United States and China met for the first time (in spite of the current US-China trade war), thanks to our developing relationship with the American Association for School Administrators (AASA) and their Educational Exchange Program. Although they could easily have been kept apart -- there were 6,900 miles, 13 hours and one significant language difference between them -- this interaction allowed them to discover many points of interest and commonality, as well as some intriguing differences. Even as they experienced the technical challenges that often arise from the nacient state of real-time audio-video technology, these students truly wished to connect, and so they did.

Many happened to share an interest in learning to play the piano, which was a welcome surprise; yet another surprise was that pizza is readily available in Shanghai. What U.S. students call ‘Chinese food’ may not, in fact, be what their peers in China actually eat.  Elmwood students play ‘American football’, while in China, ‘ping pong’ is among the most popular sports for students. They greeted each each other respectfully in Mandarin and English, waved and smiled throughout.

An interaction of this type is “really meaningful to students,” expressed one educator from Shanghai, who hopes to hold another interaction with the same groups of students. “They should have more opportunities to do this: To make relationships with others, to keep contact with others, to know more of the world.”  

A video archive of the interaction can be found here: (apologies for the audio interference).


FROM THE BLOG: Education Leadership Results Are In On the Future of Multiplayer Online Gaming

This past June we published a blog post entitled, “Can time spent playing online games help teens develop cultural competency?”  The post detailed shared interests between students in India and the United States, including multiplayer online gaming.  The blog invited education leaders to weigh in on this global teen phenomenon, and results are in from our quick survey, Digital Priorities and the Future of Multiplayer Online Gaming.

While only 25% of the professionals and educators responded that they participate in online gaming themselves, 58% believe that multiplayer online gaming is a good activity for young people. Educators appear willing to recognize that the level of engagement students demonstrate when involved with multiplayer online games is worth noting and perhaps channeling for positive impact. One educator reflected that “The content of the experience/activity is of concern, [but] I believe the problem solving, creative thinking and language skill development can provide greater relevance and purpose for young adult learner, which may lead to enhancing their growth and development in technology-rich environments.”  

Interestingly, that same number feel that multiplayer online gaming could provide an even greater interaction, and thus educational opportunity, than a structured Skype conversation (such as the one offered by Ravi Unites Schools). “A deep established relationship could occur,” says one administrator, “however I believe to work it might need teacher interaction, reviewed or completed during schooling hours.   I think it is such a perfect way to reach kids where there are, because that is where the real learning takes place.”

When asked whether multiplayer online gaming could have a useful place in the classroom experience, educators did not hold back their views…


What do you think about the survey results and potential for online gaming to be a valuable educational tool and method to increase cross-cultural competency?  

Please feel free to reply with your comments.

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That's the news for this month.  As always, feel free to reply and I'll respond.

Best, Ravi

Ravi Hutheesing



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