Magazine article Curriculum Review

Homework Help through Social Networking

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Homework Help through Social Networking

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Piazza began because Pooja Nath felt isolated. When she was an undergraduate student at India's elite engineering school the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (1IT), she was one of the few women on campus.

"Back then, no one owned a laptop, there was no Internet in the dorm rooms. So everyone in my class would be working in the computer lab together," she said. "But all the guys would be communicating with each other, getting help so fast, and I would be on the sidelines just watching."

Nath graduated from school and began her own business in Silicon Valley while she was in her first year of graduate school at Stanford University. She named it Piazza, the Italian word for a public square. On the site, students post questions to their course page and get responses from peers and teachers. Educators can moderate the discussion and track the most popular conversations. All responses are color-coded, so it's easy for students to recognize whether it's their peers or teachers who are responding. …

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