Rafi.ki is a not-for-profit online community for schools all over the globe. The idea is that your class can log in and will be able to chat online to children in other schools around the world, or contribute to projects.
www.rafi.ki (for secondary, 11-17)
www.rafi.ki/kidogo (for primary, 5-11)
Rafi.ki’s globally-themed projects cover topics such as slavery, climate change, conflict prevention, recycling, Modern Foreign Languages and Fairtrade. Each project comes with lesson plans and additional resources such as videos, pictures and sound clips.
Instant messaging – this is a tool for synchronous (real-time) communication which learners can use to find and communicate with others online.
Web conferencing - using a webcam and microphone.
Email – internal, secure email system for asynchronous communication between users. All content sent between pupils can be viewed by teachers and facilitators.
Editing – a drag and drop design tool that pupils can use to create their own webpages or blogs.
In the UK, the cost is from around £600 for a whole school to sign up; small schools can contact for special rates.
Due to its charitable remit, Rafi.ki is FREE to schools outside the UK.