Cincinnati, OH (Oct. 4, 2006) – More than 1 million students and their teachers in Tennessee now have access to netTrekker d.i., America’s #1 educational search engine. Using netTrekker d.i., students and educators have fast and easy access to more than 180,000 educator-selected, standards-based online resources that support and enhance the complete K-12 curricula.
netTrekker d.i.‘s resources and features are designed to help every child learn and achieve. With a section devoted to English Language Learners, a dictionary/translation hotkey, and a new read aloud feature, even students who are struggling to learn English or have other special learning needs now have access to safe, educationally-relevant online resources that support their individual learning styles with netTrekker d.i.
Thinkronize, developer of the netTrekker suite of safe educational search products, and Education Networks of America (ENA), a provider of managed network and technology solutions for school systems, partnered to make safe searching a reality for every K-12 student, parent, and educator throughout Tennessee.
The Tennessee Department of Education believes it is the fundamental right of every child to receive a quality education, and that it is the state’s responsibility to ensure equal, safe, and quality learning opportunities for all students. Aligned with the Department’s mission, netTrekker d.i. guarantees that users will only receive the best, educationally-relevant search results from the Internet, providing rich learning opportunities, every search, every school day, for every Tennessee student.
“The Tennessee Department of Education is committed to providing every student with a technology-rich learning environment that meets the needs of every child, including English language learners and students with disabilities,” said Susan Bunch, Assistant Commissioner for Teaching and Learning. “Some of our districts have used netTrekker d.i. in the past. We have now purchased netTrekker d.i. for statewide use to empower all Tennessee educators with standards-based, online resources that facilitate targeted instruction to each child’s learning level. The school and home access options also help include parents in their child’s learning at home.”
“Online safety for children is a growing concern for educators and parents worldwide, and we’re pleased to provide a solution for the entire state of Tennessee that gives educators and parents a worry-free way to allow children to search the Internet,” said Christine Willig, President of Thinkronize. “We’ve had an excellent relationship with our existing customers in Tennessee, like Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, among many others, and their feedback has played an integral role in helping to develop netTrekker d.i. into the award-winning product it is today.”
ENA has worked with the Tennessee Department of Education since 1996 to deliver safe, reliable, and equitable Internet access to the state’s public schools through ConnecTEN, one of the first successful statewide K-12 networks in the nation.
“Our goal is to provide schools with great technology solutions that make reaching and using valuable information as easy and reliable as turning on a light,” said Lillian Kellogg, Vice President of ENA. “netTrekker d.i. is a perfect fit with our mission – providing safe searching and the ability to easily differentiate instruction to the needs and interests of every learner.”
Educators nationwide see netTrekker d.i. as an essential classroom-learning tool. With thousands of schools currently using the safe search engine, the product is successfully helping to individualize instruction for millions of students nationwide.
About Education Networks of America
ENA provides managed network and technology solutions for school systems and libraries. Since 1996, ENA has established a reputation as experts in the design, deployment, and operation of broadly distributed networks. ENA designed and deployed one of the first statewide K-12 networks in the US connecting all schools and school districts in the state of Tennessee. ENA currently manages multiple statewide education and library networks serving hundreds of school districts. Customers know ENA as a reliable partner with expert knowledge in Internet connectivity, E-Rate and other funding sources, and value-added customized services. Our technology solutions make reaching and using valuable information as easy and reliable as turning on the lights.
About the netTrekker Product Suite
The netTrekker product line includes award-winning educational search products for both the education (netTrekker classic and netTrekker d.i.) and consumer (netTrekker home) markets. Unlike ordinary search engines, products from the netTrekker suite provide fast and easy access to only the best, pornography-free, educational resources from the entire Internet in a safe, organized, standards-aligned format. Using netTrekker search products, educators, school librarians, students, and parents save valuable time because they are directed to relevant, reliable, educator-selected Web sites every time – meaning less time spent on searching and more time focused on teaching, learning, and achieving. For more information about the netTrekker suite, visit www.netTrekker.com.
Thinkronize, an Internet developer of K-12 educational products, was founded in 1999 and grew out of a passion for and commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with the Internet and standards-based online resources. The company launched its flagship product, netTrekker classic, in October 2000 and has since expanded the product line to include netTrekker d.i., designed for use in schools to help educators meet individual students’ learning needs, and netTrekker home, available for purchase by parents whose district or school has not yet purchased a netTrekker subscription. Peers, educators, and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker product suite 17 times for their contribution to education. Most recently, netTrekker home was awarded The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, earning a position among an elite group of products recommended to parents by TNPC. In addition, Thinkronize was also named to the 2006 Inc. 500 List as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. The company currently serves nearly 9.3 million students in 47 states, including adoptions by key districts and states nationwide. For more information visit www.thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.