On November 18, I'm giving a lecture about technologies that educators can use to mentor their students.
My experience running Harvard's Mycourses taught me that social networking for student/faculty interaction works very well. Blogs, wikis, chat rooms, and interactive simulations are useful, but structured community question/answer requires a more powerful tool.
I recently heard about Piazza, a Silicon Valley startup that supports over 900 school campuses and ten thousands of students with a free online collaboration platform.
It has received investment from several venture capitalists, no doubt because it has attracted a large number of devoted users who spend hours per day using the site.
It provides a faculty platform for managing queues of questions, triaging crowd sourced answers to questions, and entering answers.
Also, there's a student platform for reading answers and sharing ideas with other students.
A social networking platform for students and faculty that empowers students to master difficult concepts together. That's cool!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Cool Technology of the Week
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM
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