How can technology reshape learning in the Philippines? – it is a common question, probably asked at least once by every student, parent or any person interested in the current educational system. To get an answer, it is necessary to take a look at children, their needs and how they behave both at school and on the web.
Few facts about the young and their needs.
First fact: Children spend most of their free time surfing in the internet and their technology competency is very high. School, however, often acts as if there was still XXth century and children wouldn’t need anything more than a blackboard, desks and notebooks. I definitely don’t want to depreciate traditional schools with well educated and devoted teachers, but I think we all agree that it could use some help in the world of gadgets and common access to the internet.
The second fact: pupils seek for knowledge on the web. Just to mention the popularity of Wikipedia, YouTube, and plenty of websites with popular science articles and video tutorials. But what if it is still not enough, because students also need a feedback, explanation and chatting?
There comes the third fact: a phenomenon of social media, where both children and adults spend a lot of time and which becomes a main place to communicate with friends.
Summing up, students need a place where they can learn, receive help with homework, meet new friends and simply have fun. Brainly recognized this demand and created a free social learning network.
How does Brainly work?
Every user has a certain number of points to spend by asking questions. Is math your underbelly? Ask and look for help, but first get points while helping others by answering their questions from subjects you are good at: Filipino, English – or maybe biology? If the answer is unclear, there is a place for comments and chatting. For those who like competition there are weekly, monthly and general rankings for the most active users, also published on Brainly’s Social Media profiles.
What distinguishes Brainly from other Question & Answer portals is a strong „no copy” rule and that it is constantly supervised by moderators – students (recruited from the best users), parents, teachers and specialists. What is more, well-explained and comprehensive answers are rewarded with extra points.
Brainly.ph is a part of Brainly group, as the idea behind it is to create customized versions of the portal for different countries instead of one global. The network, started in 2009, now is running in 35 countries and together has over 25 million unique users monthly.
So, how can technologies reshape education?
Social learning networks may be an answer. Brainly.ph – a free service that connects mutual learning, social media features and elements of gamification can be an example of modern source of learning and a real support to the traditional school.
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