Brainly began with a familiar conflict for educators and parents. We were thrilled by the possibilities that internet technologies promised for the future of education, but we feared the loss of an especially beautiful feature of learning: groups of friends, peers, and classmates huddled around lunch tables or gathered on playgrounds to work through tricky tasks or to help one another overcome obstacles and impasses in their coursework. Like so many teachers and parents we believed that these social collaborations should structure how students solve problems and explore knowledge on the internet. We also recognized that even as students consume huge amounts of information online they often do so without the expert guidance of educators, parents, and mentors.
We also recognized that even as students consume huge amounts of information online they often do so without the expert guidance of educators, parents, and mentors.
Brainly emerged from the deeply humanist belief that effective learning is personalized, social, and fun. We set out to build a safe, moderated online space where students could showcase their talents while collaborating on their work. Since its beginnings in 2009 the Brainly community has grown rapidly and organically, propelled by students’ natural impulses to seek help among their peers and by the camaraderie that forms when young people are faced with a common challenge. Each month more than 60 million students and learners come to Brainly, and every day the global Brainly community answers over 100,000 questions. With Brainly, the lunch-table and the playground now fit tens of millions of students in the world’s largest, fastest-growing, and most innovative study group.
Brainly emerged from the deeply humanist conviction that effective learning is personalized, social, and fun.
We’ve watched Brainly grow into a vibrant, moderated refuge for students seeking high-quality, personalized information. Brainly empowers students to explore knowledge and face problems not as anonymous users but as individual learners, each of whom brings a distinct set of strengths and needs to our community. We celebrate every student’s ability to add value to the learning experience, so we envision one student’s struggle as another’s opportunity to lead.
Time and again we’ve seen how personalized knowledge-sharing not only improves learning outcomes for students who are stuck on their work but offers outstanding leadership opportunities to those who are able to help. Brainly’s engaging system of points and ranks is designed to reward the thousands of highly motivated students who seek out roles as mentors in the Brainly community. With Brainly, being an expert in algebra or chemistry or British literature becomes an opportunity to rise in the ranks and gain the satisfaction of lending a hand to a friend in need. Our best and brightest earn prized spots as community moderators and Brainly interns, credentials that go a long way toward demonstrating not only a student’s mastery of a subject but her talents as a mentor to her peers.
Time and again we’ve seen how personalized knowledge-sharing not only improves learning outcomes for students who are stuck on their work but offers outstanding leadership opportunities to those who are able to help.
Brainly’s greatest assets are the talents and curiosities of its students, and we love hearing what teachers and parents have to say about how we can help this community grow stronger and more effective. That’s why we’re collaborating intensively with experts from around the world on a range of innovative projects, and I’m delighted that Katie Sagan, our Head of Operations and Strategy, will be using this blog to highlight how our partnerships with schools, scholars, and parents have helped us build Brainly into one of the most valuable and effective learning resources available.