March 12, 2020
(Courtesy: Florida Trend)
Ana Roca Castro founded online platform Genius Plaza to give students around the world a forum to create eBooks, games, videos and other media. The company, she explains, turns teachers into facilitators and conveners of learning — they bring the initial knowledge, and students then use the Genius Plaza platform to teach the course material to each other.
In creating Genius Plaza, Roca Castro, the company’s CEO, used the latest research into how students learn, moving beyond simply putting traditional learning materials — books, quizzes, etc. — online. “The most efficient way of learning is peer-to-peer,” Roca Castro says. Students who use Genius Plaza, she says, “move from being passive learners to actually being protagonists of their own learning. They become the ones creating the exercises and the games and the books.”
Roca Castro, who was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S. at 14, founded the company in 2013. Today, the platform serves students from kindergarten through high school in 30 countries and in 80 languages. Content is customized to be culturally relevant. The company has more than 200 employees, with about 100 in Miami and the rest in offices around the world, including three more in the U.S., three in Africa, two in Latin America, one in Malaysia and one in Madrid.
Find Genius Plaza here.