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Democracy, Accessibility, Diversity In An EdTech Platform, Check Out Genius Plaza at FETC 2018

myschooldance-banner-fetc Democracy, Accessibility, Diversity In An EdTech Platform, Check Out Genius Plaza at FETC 2018FETC 2018 Preview: Genius Plaza Is Built On Democratizing Education, Accessibility and Diversity

It’s a fairly simple concept, every child should be entitled to an equal opportunity in education. We want all of the kids in America to learn, grow and develop into world changing adults. While everyone has the best intentions, there are several districts that come up short.  Rather than sweeping that under the rug, Genius Plaza has a platform that provides equal accessibility to it’s standards aligned curriculum. It’s the first truly bilingual edtech platform for students.

Genius Plaza is an education platform dedicated to democratizing education. They offer literally thousands of activities and resources for parents and teachers across math, language arts and science. Their entire platform is bilingual. The company’s entire ethos is diversity, intentional diversity from the top down.

The Genius Plaza product is designed to offer unparalleled and uninterrupted equal access to education for students, regardless of their background, heritage, or ability.

The company’s “genius centered approach” relies heavily on four main ideas; learn, reflect, re-teach and peer review. All unique in their own right, but when put together the learner grasps a better understanding of the concepts being taught.

  • Learn: Students learn from their educators and from the many resources available in the Genius Plaza Learning Bank.
  • Reflect: Every Genius Plaza resource gives students the opportunity to reflect with comments and reviews.
  • Re-teach: Students take ownership of the lesson by using our co-creation tools to re-teach the skills using their unique creativity. This is when the magic happens!
  • Peer review: Once co-creations are completed, students reflect on each other’s work by adding comments and/or votes to the best game, video, eBook, or worksheet. This means: repetition, critical thinking, and mastery!

One of their most exciting areas is STEAM. The backbone of Genius Plaza’s STEAM resources are over 100 videos produced by Genius Learning highlighting STEAM/STEM careers. They take it one step further though by showing these careers and professions, often times with a Latino person, a person of color, or women showing that all people can become all things.

The Genius Plaza product is designed to offer unparalleled and uninterrupted equal access to education for students, regardless of their background, heritage, or ability.

“Genius Plaza has expanded its reach to close the academic achievement gap among students across the globe. Genius Plaza was created by a diverse group of educators, programmers, designers, and leaders who believe that education is the only sustainable development vehicle that is available to all, with access as the only barrier.” the company says on their website.

This is driven by the Ana Roca Castro, Genius Plaza’s founder and CEO and the intentionally diverse team she has assembled. In a medium post by Ellen Pao, a true champion of diversity in the startup space, Castro talks about real discrimination she saw as a student and as a professional. “When I first came to this country teachers did not realize how advanced I was in math because of my accent,” she told Pao.

Growing up as a Latina student Castro knows that kids don’t even realize it when they’re being stereotyped or denied access to the same resources that other students have.

Find out what a truly accessible curriculum based platform is like. Visit with Genius Plaza at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th, booth #2535 and visit them online at geniusplaza.com 

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