Brainly: Now Launching in USA [INFOGRAPHIC]
Brainly, a platform for social homework help, has recently launched a version available to American students. While most of the US is on education vacation for the next few weeks, this might be a good reason to get an early start on those vacation homework packets that are hanging around the house — by jumping online and getting a few peers to help with them. With a social network, answer moderation, and a gamification component, Brainly taps into the threads of modern technology in order to enhance the out-of-classroom learning experience. Brainly also has a mobile app available on iTunes as well as Google Play.
Brainly’s team also released an infographic that illustrates the benefits of their platform.
Read the Press Release below:
It’s easy pointing out the shortcomings of our education system. Not many are so eager to find and apply a solution. Brainly embraces the idea of using new technologies in education. With successful local versions of the platform in Europe, Asia and South America, the launch of Brainly.com, the social network’s English version, introduces the concept to American students.
Brainly group was created in mid 2012 following the successful performance of the concept in Europe. The group consists of multiple social learning networks, each creating an online community where students help each other by solving subject specific problems and exchange knowledge. The concept is based on peer support. It successfully combines social network features (Q&A, comments, profiles, chat) and gamification (points, rankings, prizes), resulting in engaging, self-learning communities. Until December 2013, Brainly consisted of six educational social networks. Now it continues its growth and international expansion and is celebrating 20 million monthly users, of which over 10 million are in Russia.
With the launch of the American version, the platform is now available to American students. Additionally to its peer-to-peer platform, Brainly gets involved in educational initiatives. Examples include a competition for school girls who wanted to prove their programming potential – a successful collaboration with Google.
Brainly CEO Michał Borkowski explains: “We had tremendous success in 2013 and have ambitious plans to boost global growth in 2014. Our vision is to see students from all over the world benefiting from our educational peer support system.”
How it works
Students ask questions about school subjects that are difficult for them and help others with the ones they feel confident about. By solving other people’s problems users earn points, which they can use for asking questions themselves. Over 300 moderators (students, teachers, parents, PhDs, professors, specialists) supervise the quality of the content published continuously.
Sheri Cheng is a former science teacher and tech director at an urban charter school in Boston with a penchant for 7th grade humor. Sheri is the Editor-in-Chief and Director of Operations at EdTech Times, keeping on top of day-to-day news in educational technology and entrepreneurship.