Education Technology Success Stories

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In 2011, a student logged onto the online classroom Udacity to take the final exam for her introductory Physics class.  Khadijah Niazi had overcome several barriers to finish that exam.  She lived in Pakistan, which recently blocked access to YouTube, the site Udacity used to host its video lessons.  Undeterred, she posted a plea for help on an Udacity message board saying “I am very angry, but I will not quit.”  Hours later several classmates from Malaysia, Portugal, and England attempted to find a workaround that would allow her to finish the class.  Soon a Portuguese professor found a way to download the videos from YouTube and then upload them to a photo-sharing website that Kadijah could access.  The next day she took the final exam.  Even more amazing than the technology know-how is the fact that Kadijah was 11 years old and aced the college level physics class with the highest distinction.

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