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By Sally Finley - Posted Sep 1, 2015
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Company:  Brainly. Website: brainly.com; contact: Jakub Piwnik, PR and marketing manager, jakub.piwnik@brainly.com

Price:  Brainly.com is free for all users.

Audience:  Middle and high school students

Format:  Brainly is a web-based site that can be accessed on the internet through any web browser.

System Requirements:  An internet connection is required for web access.

Description:  Brainly is a social learning network connecting middle and high school students who ask questions and teach each other how to answer homework and schoolwork questions.

 

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Overall Rating:4 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access:  The user must register to join the site on the internet or through Facebook. A username and password are required for login. Installation: A

Content/Features:  Subject areas include math, English, history, geography, social studies, biology, physics, chemistry, technology, arts, health, business, world languages, German, Spanish, and French. All questions are archived for access anytime.

Registered users post homework questions and problems to the site for other users to respond with answers. Users earn points by answering questions, which allows them to ask their own questions. A global team of teachers, students, and education experts serve as moderators to screen questions and check answer quality on an ongoing basis.

Rankings of active users are displayed daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. The top three users receive bonus points. Past rankings can be viewed from an archive of questions and answers.

Under the answer, users can click on Ask for An Explanation for a better understanding of the concept. Each question provides two answers verified by a moderator. A question is deleted if the answer contains errors Answers can be edited by the author one time. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use:  Any computer with a web browser will provide access for the user. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support:  Users can talk to a moderator if they need help creating a question or understanding the process of writing and answering questions. A FAQ section answers commonly asked questions about the site. Support can be obtained through contact@brainly.com. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation:  Brainly is an interactive social learning network that showcases community learning. Students can ask questions about their homework, get explanations for the answers, and find similar questions to the ones they are posing. There are more than 1 million questions archived on this site. I like the feature that permits students to ask their own questions. Each hour, 8,000-plus questions are asked on this site.

Certain restrictions apply when creating questions. They must only refer to school subjects. All necessary details must be included. No multi-part questions may be written.

Showing two answers for each question provides a chance for the user to learn and understand the concept being presented. Brainly.com provides students the opportunity to gain confidence by teaching others how to solve their problems. With 40 million users worldwide, 80% of answers are given in under 10 minutes.

Since this site is available in 35 countries, it provides access to the global community and links students through common goals around the world. Students benefit from exploring knowledge in this collaborative community and are able to offer a personal thanks to those who provide answers to their questions.

The competitive features appeal to many students, who will enjoy earning points in an effort to reach the diplay board. Rankings are listed daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Rankings are stored in an archive and available any time. Brainly.com is an excellent tool to engage students in the learning process. It is sure to catch the interest of students of all ages as they interact with others around the world. Highly Recommended


Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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