Piazza Founder Pooja Sankar to Speak at New York Times Sponsored Schools for Tomorrow Conference

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Panel Brings Together the Most Influential Leaders in Teaching, Government, Philanthropy and Industry for Daylong Planning Session

Piazza, the online Q&A platform for students and instructors, today announced that its founder and CEO, Pooja (Nath) Sankar, will join other leaders from education, philanthropy, industry and government at the groundbreaking New York Times-sponsored conference, Schools for Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22. The conference will focus on the role that technology can play in the educational experience and broadening access to quality education for American students. Ms. Sankar was invited on the strength of Piazza’s remarkable growth over the past year. The platform is now used by instructors and students in over 1,000 schools with more signing on each day.

Ms. Sankar will participate in the College Stream of Session 3: The Students. The panel will be moderated by Jacques Steinberg of The New York Times’s Choice Blog on college admissions and will include participants from Harvard, the Boston Consulting Group, Georgia Tech, and the Education for Employment Foundation, as well as Piazza. The session will explore how students of tomorrow want to learn and how we can bring learning to their social networks and assimilate the tools they use into the classroom. It will take place from 2:45-3:45 p.m. EDT and will be available for viewing via a live conference feed.

“Everywhere we go we hear about the need to make due with less. And yet, the demands we place on education are higher now than they’ve ever been,” said Sankar. “As in other sectors of the economy, technology can help educators solve this dilemma, but technology must respect the unique roles of students and teachers in the educational process. That’s why this is such an important conference - everyone will have a voice.”

In her opening remarks, Sankar plans to emphasize the role that individuals play in the success or failure of educational technologies.

“One thing we’ve seen with Piazza is that individual instructors work better when they are empowered to choose the technologies that fit their teaching styles,” said Sankar. “Historically, they’ve been handed technologies that are management tools rather than teaching tools. And, in turn, students are forced to use tools that help manage them, rather than enabling them to learn according to their individual learning styles. So, we are not currently getting the value from technology that we should.”

The diversity of perspectives on the panel promises to create a lively atmosphere as a group of instructors will question the participants. Additional information and the live stream of the conference can be found at http://www.NYTSchoolsforTomorrow.com/.

About Piazza
Founded in 2009, Piazza is a free, online collaboration platform for students and teachers to communicate about complex problems in real time. Anyone can create a class at Piazza.com to initiate classmate discussion. Students spend on average two-to-four hours a night on Piazza working together with classmates and instructors to find the answers they need at the time they need them. Piazza is FERPA-compliant and used in hundreds of colleges and universities.

For more information, please go to http://www.piazza.com.

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