Used to enhance the collaboration experience between students, TAs, and teacher. The web application is easy and completely free. It is advertised as an incredibly easy, completely free Q&A platform that saves time and helps students learn using the power of community. The design has a wiki style format, bringing collaboration into one space.
Uses of Piazza include:
•Students asking questions and answers being given for all to see •Online discussion between classmates •Post class related announcements
•Post class files, resources and the class syllabus •Conduct polls to get a sense of where students stand •Receive/send private messages from/to students on more sensitive subject matters
Piazza is supported by LMS such as:
•Blackboard •Moodle •Sakai •Desire2Learn •Canvas •edX •Coursera •Schoology •Course Builder
Piazza’s main features include:
•Mobile App •Features LaTeX editor, highlighted syntax and code blocking •Questions and posts needing immediate action are highlighted •Instructors endorse answers to keep the class on track •Anonymous posting encourages every student to participate •Highly customizable online polls •Integrates with every major LMS
It is clear to see this platform was made with students and teachers in mind. The intent to bridge a gap in teacher and student collaboration was much needed. Also the anonymous posting adds a brilliant touch to include even the shyest of learner into the collaborative process. I give this tool a thumbs up for offering an easy, free, and productive platform.
Piazza has gained many features in public news including the following publications:
The New York Times • Forbes • National Public Radio • Fortune • The Chronicle • U.S. News and World Report
It is a given that they will continue in the vein of success. Sign up today, using the link below.