Jeff sits down with Zak Ringelstein and Leah Schrader to discuss how UClass is being used around the world to connect classrooms and engage students with each other globally.
UClass is the easiest way to connect K-12 classrooms around the world. Students and teachers engage in collaborative projects, pen pal messaging and current event feeds within a safe community of united classrooms. Connect with your class and the world for free at uclass.org.
Zak Ringelstein is a co-founder of United Classrooms (UClass), a new and free online platform that leverages social networking technology to connect classrooms around the world. Just launched in August, UClass already has over 5,000 users in 42 countries and is looking to expand its reach through partnerships with Teach For America and Teach For All. A teacher first and foremost, Zak believes that the ceiling needs to be lifted off of the classroom for students to develop into the world changers our education system should be preparing them to be. Zak graduated from Columbia University in 2008, then forwent his medical school plans to teach 4th and 5th grade with Teach For America in Phoenix, AZ. He spent last year teaching at an international school in Tanzania where he and a colleague tried to connect their students with other students around the world, but found little success due to the limitations of the technology that existed. They have since moved to New York where they have nurtured United Classrooms from a scribbled notebook page to an expanding global network. Connect with Zak on Twitter @uclassDOTorg!
Leah Schrader, COO, is currently a 3rd grade teacher in the Bronx. Prior to this she taught second grade at an international school in Tanzania, Ms. Schrader taught science in a Baltimore charter school and 5th grade special education with Teach for America at a public school in Phoenix, AZ. A musician and artist Ms. Schrader co-founded the Children Expressive Arts Project at bard College and utilizes expressive arts as a means of therapeutic intervention – a skill that earned her the Teach for America Community Award. Ms. Schrader received a B.A. in Psychology from Bard College in 2007 and a M.Ed. From Arizona State University in 2010 in conjunction with Teach for America.