Cincinnati, OH–Thinkronize, developer of the netTrekker suite of safe educational search products, and WGBH Educational Foundation Teachers’ Domain have partnered to provide netTrekker subscribers with instant access to high quality, multimedia content for teachers and students. Teachers’ Domain is a digital library of nearly 1,000 multimedia resources for classroom use and independent study, and offers teachers media-rich tools to present science concepts to students in high-impact, engaging and interactive ways. The addition of Teachers’ Domain’s high-quality resources into netTrekker’s database of over 180,000 safe, educator-approved, standards-aligned resources gives teachers and students convenient access to even more valuable content in one location.
Harnessing the award-winning public television programming produced by WGBH, Teachers’ Domain provides access to classroom-ready video clips and interactive activities from programs such as NOVA, ZOOM, and A Science Odyssey. Teachers’ Domain also includes multimedia resources from NASA, the National Park Service, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other reliable sources. These resources, which relate to science curriculums, have been specially adapted for use in the classroom. Teachers will find correlations to state and national education standards, lesson plans, discussion questions, background essays increasing the teacher’s content knowledge, and customization features to help them introduce Teachers’ Domain multimedia into lessons.
“Today’s classrooms demand visual materials characterized by relatively short length, limited use of lectures, interactivity, vivid graphics, and contemporary sound,” said Denise Blumenthal, Executive Director of Educational Programs at WGBH. “The partnership with netTrekker provides a wonderfully contextualized experience for teachers to quickly and reliably access our resources on Teachers’ Domain. We are very impressed with netTrekker’s reach to teachers and students in a high-quality way,” Blumenthal added.
Many school districts nationwide already see netTrekker as an essential classroom-learning tool, with more than 9.3 million students in 16,000 schools across the country currently using the safe search engine. netTrekker‘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 have access to safe, educationally-relevant online resources that support their individual learning styles.
“Providing educators and students with safe and easy access to high-quality online resources is a top priority for us,” said Christine Willig, President of Thinkronize. “We’re proud to partner with WGBH to bring some of the best of public television’s valuable educational content to our users in an easy-to-use format.”
About Teachers’ Domain
The award-winning Teacher’s Domain supports educators in their quest for materials and new media applications that go beyond static textbook presentation to engage students by providing media-rich resources infused with practical real world applications. Developed from high-quality, critically-acclaimed and trusted information sources, the free Teachers’ Domain collections currently include nearly 1,000 resources for students and teachers covering the sciences and history. Additionally, Teachers’ Domain has developed online professional development courses that assist K-12 life and physical science teachers in effectively utilizing the collections, which are available by license to educational service agencies, districts, schools, and universities for delivery to the K-12 teachers they serve. For more information about Teachers’ Domain, please visit www.teachersdomain.org.
WGBH is the leading producer of PBS prime-time programs and online content, a major producer for public radio, and a pioneer in educational multimedia (including the Web, broadband, and interactive television) and in technologies and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. WGBH is also recognized as one of the nation’s leading producers of media-based resources to support teacher training and student learning. Focusing on both content and methodology at all grade levels, these products represent effective standards-based teaching in classrooms across the country, and address a wide variety of subject areas and educational challenges.
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 markets (netTrekker home). 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 engines, educators, school librarians, students, and parents save valuable time because they are directed to relevant, reliable, educator-selected websites every time – meaning less time spent on searching and more time focused on learning. For more information about the netTrekker suite, visit www.netTrekker.com.
Thinkronize, an Internet developer of award-winning K-12 educational products, was founded in 1999 by Robert Reinders, and grew out of a passion for and commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with the Internet and standards-based online resources. The company’s flagship product, netTrekker classic, was launched in October 2000 and has won 11 industry awards for education excellence since its inception. Thinkronize currently serves nearly 8.3 million students in 48 states, including adoptions by key districts and states nationwide, making it one of the fastest-growing companies in the education industry. In recent years, the company has expanded the netTrekker product line to include two-time award-winning 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 school subscription. For more information visit www.thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.