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Centric selected as a Top 20 K-12 Solution Provider Internationally
December 14, 2015
Ann Arbor, MI – Centric Learning, a leading educational software company based out of Ann Arbor, MI, has announced today its selection by CIO magazine, and a panel of prominent VCs, CIOs, CEOs, CMOs, and education analysts as one of the Top 20 K-12 Solution Providers in the Industry, “We are thrilled to be chosen as one of top 20 education providers in the industry. The entire centric team and management has worked tirelessly over the last few years to develop simply the most advanced Digital Learning Environment on the market – that is coupled with an accredited curriculum: A completely new WAY of approaching teaching and learning.” said Centric Learning CEO, Rob Fulk. CIO Special Education Edition edition link: CIO Magazine direct article link: 20 Most Promising Education Solution Providers
Beth Baker, Centric Board Advisor and Co-founder stated, “We are honored to be selected by CIO magazine for our company’s years of dedication to improving education and learning. We appreciate the tremendous time and attention given by the CIO staff and selection committee to the process.”
About the HERO Learning Eco-System HERO is a revolutionary project-based Digital Learning Environment (DLE): coupled with a complete living curriculum that is unique in developing in learners real-world, 21st century problem solving skills. The HERO solution offers a collaborative, personalized approach to education that is truly learner-centered, creating self-motivated learners with a thirst for knowledge. It is project-based, cross-discipline, U.S. and international standards-aligned, accredited, and includes a Global Social Learning Content Repository of .5 million learning objects. Educators are integral to the system, and are provided an authoring environment that allows them to collaborate and customize existing, or create new, project-based learning content.Darrell Wanamaker, CTO, stated “It is awesome for the team to be recognized for what is the the culmination of years of hard work.”
The system provides unparalleled data analytics on student and learning object performance, tied to specific learning standards, enabling continuous improvement of the learning content. Learners and educators have an exact and detailed understanding of progress towards graduation, and how each projects contributes - helping learners to take ownership of their own education. Administration tools are scalable, and can manage a whole district of schools, or a single classroom deployment, or even organize the creation of a new school from scratch. The HERO solution supports traditional, blended, and virtual classrooms – empowering both students and teachers to excel and become HEROs.
CIO Magazine Special Education Edition Direct Link
Centric Learning: Changing the Face of Learning The old school model of passively learning facts is no longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today’s world. Students need a dynamic classroom approach where they can actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. Project-based learning has gained a greater foothold in the classroom as it engages the pupils’ heart and mind, providing real-world relevance for learning. After completing a project, students understand and retain the content longer than is often the case with traditional methods. “Project-based learning is an instructional model that involves students in investigations of compelling problems that culminate in authentic results,” says Robert Fulk, CEO at Centric Learning Systems. Ann Arbor, MI based Centric Learning is reforming curriculum into individual projects that encourage an inquiry or research driven approach to solving problems, understanding issues, or exploring new topics. These projects make students analyze their situation with the help of various school subjects like mathematics, language skills or social studies, to make the subject matter easier and understandable.
According to Fulk, the education system is evolving as new technologies are discovered and put to use every day, but no one is looking at new ways to learn. “There are numerous tools and solutions that are online or cloud based, but the motive of learning something unique is nonexistent,” he adds. “The firms providing digitalized learning solutions do not understand the challenges being faced by teachers, principals, educators, or the students.” Centric Learning’s solution, HERO, was built by a group of teachers and students who were unhappy with the one-size-fits-all approach to education. These teachers now, instead of passively following a curriculum that trailed a standard text over a set time period, created appropriate projects, and recruited a team of highly qualified educators who knew their subject areas. The teachers discovered how to incorporate the learning standards in their respective disciplines to projects that were engaging and appropriate for young people.
The Centric HERO Learning solution is a cloud-based tool to bring assessment of Project Based Learning for schools. “HERO in itself is a complete learning system with curriculum and school and learning content management. It provides a thorough student experience as they go through the learning process, tracking student erudition as well as allowing them to access the learning online, face to face,” adds Fulk. One of the unique features of the platform is its own accredited curriculum from grades 6 to 12. As a proven platform, HERO allows teachers to add content and manipulate a project’s fit according to the needs and syllabus of the students. The company has collaborated with renowned educational institutes Pan-America, resulting in fruitful learning experiences. Fulk states, “All the clients we have worked with want to communicate and learn very flexibly with the students. The various renowned education institutes engage our system to help them in working more flexibly within their particular school curriculum.” The platform allows students to have the provision of learning not only during school hours, but anytime, anywhere. “We are not an independent software company designing what is best for education; we are helping change the face of education and learning,” asserts Fulk.
The company is looking at opportunities to expand across the world with their revolutionary product. “The way that HERO is being used by the students, teachers and parents highlights the education system’s need for intelligent reform. We are also foraying into the different ways the education system can be improved for the years to come,” concludes Fulk.