(From NECC 2005)

Thinkronize Inc., creator of the award-winning netTrekker academic search engine, unveiled a new internet search tool that allows educators to more easily differentiate their instruction for each student. netTrekker d.i. is a new school-specific search engine that matches educator-selected, standards-based online resources to individual students’ learning needs, the company said.

The product delivers more than 180,000 online resources that align with each state’s academic standards and support the complete K-12 curriculum to every desktop, the company said. Each of the search engine’s 180,000 resources has been assigned a readability measure based on Lexile ratings and eight other popular methods, allowing educators to target search results to find grade-level content at an appropriate reading level for every child. The new product also incorporates several features that address pressing issues in education. Educators are directed to sites in multiple languages, where they can use the new dictionary/translation hotkey to find the definition or translation for any word selected on a web site. Plus, a new multicultural pavilion contains resources for teaching about the many backgrounds that compose a school community. Need an image for a school project? Try the d.i. image database, which provides copyright-approved, school-friendly images for use in multimedia projects or classroom presentations.

Districts using the netTrekker Classic search engine already want the new learning possibilities that exist with the netTrekker d.i. upgrade, the company told eSchool News: More than 90 percent of current netTrekker Classic customers who have previewed netTrekker d.i. reportedly have upgraded before seeing the final product. Introductory pricing for netTrekker d.i.–starting at 86 cents per student annually–is available now through Oct. 15.

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