July 13, 2011
For most students, Facebook is the perfect partner-in-crime if you want to procrastinate during finals week. But new Facebook application Hoot.Me is turning the social network into a collaborative study tool.
Hoot.Me allows users to switch their Facebook experience into “study mode,” meaning that students can see what their friends are working on and join forces to tackle tough assignments. Once a student installs the application and turns on study mode, they can collaborate with other students within Facebook through video conferencing, screen sharing, and Smart Chat (which automatically reformats typed math equations to look the way they’re supposed to).
Say you’re working on a calculus problem that you just can’t seem to figure out. Turn on Hoot.Me, and you can see all of your friends who are also working on calculus. You can either say what subject you’re having trouble with and let the application filter through your friends list for you, or click on a friend to join a specific study session if you already know they’re working on the same thing.
Leveraging your Facebook network for peer-to-peer collaboration, Hoot.Me is a useful application for students of all ages. Future versions of the platform are set to include opportunities for students to work with tutors virtually through the application at an affordable transaction fee.
The three founders of Hoot.Me are all undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin, and have already raised $25,000 in funding from DreamIt Ventures. The team will be presenting and launching new features of the application at Startup Festival.
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