Cincinnati, Ohio (January 24, 2007) – Thinkronize, developer of the netTrekker suite of safe educational search products, has partnered with several leading education companies to add new multimedia resources to netTrekker d.i. and to provide new ways for users to access the award-winning solution.
Thinkronize and PBS TeacherSource, a national public television Web destination for high-quality, preK-12 educational resources, have collaborated to add 3,000 new multimedia resources to netTrekker d.i. Educators can easily find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels, including thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations, in one convenient location. The new resources that will be added to netTrekker d.i. are tied to award-winning, on-air and online programming from PBS including NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions, and many other popular titles. As with every resource in netTrekker d.i., the new content from PBS will be correlated to state and national educational standards, and will be available to netTrekker d.i. subscribers in Spring 2007, free of charge.
In addition, Thinkronize has also partnered with Fourier Systems, a leading provider of science and 1:1 computing solutions for the education market, to offer access to netTrekker d.i. on the Nova5000. The Nova5000 is a Windows CE 5.0 tablet-computing device that meets students´ everyday computing needs, including Internet access, word processing, spreadsheets and e-mail. As the Nova5000 is designed specifically for school use, it delivers the components necessary for success in a K-12 environment, including a student-appropriate software suite, durability for extended classroom use, and mobility, enabling use outdoors. "Collaborating with Fourier Systems allows our customers to access netTrekker d.i. in exciting new ways, significantly increasing the value of their investment in both technologies," said Christine Willig, president of Thinkronize. "The mobility that the Nova5000 provides truly facilitates learning, anytime, anywhere."
And through a partnership with Blackboard, Inc., K-12 teachers, students, and parents can search and access more than 180,000 educator-selected, standards-aligned resources from netTrekker d.i., directly within their Blackboard® learning management platform. This integration is possible through a new beta version of the netTrekker Blackboard Building Block. Blackboard Building Blocks are third party applications, which enable schools and districts to extend and customize their Blackboard platform. The netTrekker Blackboard Building Block beta is also being offered as part of the Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition– introduced six months ago – this hosted product offering features a variety of resources for K-12 districts in the early stages of establishing an e-Learning strategy. This offer is available to customers who have licensed both netTrekker d.i. and Blackboard technology.
For more information about any of the above partnerships, please visit http://www.thinkronize.com/press/index.html.
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 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 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 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 18 times for their contributions 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. For more information, visit www.thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.
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