Education app becomes world’s number one after surge in popularity caused by pandemic
An education app allowing users to get answers to their questions from experts has become the number one place for learning after seeing an explosion in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Brainly, which started in Kraków 11 years ago, now has 350 million users around the world.
The largest growth has come from the US with 161 percent growth in 2020 compared to around 100 percent growth worldwide.
The company’s CTO Bill Salak said: “We saw a large jump from 150 million users in 2019, where we were comfortable and able to help users, to sometimes in 2020 we would have 3 or 4 hours where things grew and we would struggle to scale up to serve those new users.”
Initially established to work as a study group helping members solve problems they had on a peer-to-peer basis, the platform has now grown into a worldwide phenomenon with experts offering answers to problems for students and parents.
Brainly is divided into subjects such as maths, English and science so the learners, or increasingly their parents, can easily find the answer they are looking for.
CEO and Co-founder Michał Borkowski said: “The idea is that you give answers to topics that you are really good at and receive help in topics that you struggle with. What we do on top of that is add expert verification of the answered content.”
The application helps parents adjust to their new role as de facto teaching assistants but it is also helping teachers come to terms with the new reality as well.
Borkowski said: “In a class a teacher might feel happy because they taught something that helped thirty pupils but on Brainly they answer a question or explain a problem and can see that was viewed by thousands of users and their knowledge is being disseminated in a much more effective way, helping more students than they could do traditionally.”