Cincinnati, OH (Apr. 19, 2007)–netTrekker d.i., America´s #1 educational search engine, has been recognized by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as the best educational product available for educators and students.
Thinkronize, Inc., the developer of the netTrekker suite of award-winning products, earned its fifth CODiE award in five years for netTrekker d.i. during the 22nd annual SIIA awards presentation. The award was given in the category of "Best Education Solution," which honors the best overall educational technology solution.
This year´s 367 finalists represent a wide and impressive array of technology and business excellence, passion and success. Winners were chosen from more than 1,200 nominations submitted by more than 600 companies–breaking the nominations record set in the 2006 awards program.
Accepting the CODiE award for Thinkronize, CEO Randy Wilhelm said, "Every day when I go into our office, I look at a quote on the wall that says ´Go do something good for kids.´ That statement is at the heart of what our company is about, and we are honored that netTrekker d.i. has been recognized once again by our peers."
netTrekker d.i. provides teachers and students with fast and easy access to more than 180,000 educator-selected, standards-based online resources. In addition, the search engine assigns each prescreened resource a readability measure based on Lexile® ratings and eight other popular methods. netTrekker d.i. also includes resources specifically designed for ELL students and special needs students with its text-to-speech function called Read Aloud.
"I use netTrekker d.i. in my planning every day. No matter what we are studying I go straight to it to see what I can find," said Mary Lane Sloan, 5th grade teacher in Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C. "netTrekker d.i. fosters true inquiry. I don´t have to worry about my students accessing unsafe sites, so I can give them the freedom they need to navigate their own curiosity."
The product has become a "must-have" resource in many school districts nationwide with 41% more schools purchasing netTrekker d.i. subscriptions over last year. Serving an integral role in the instructional planning of hundreds of thousands of teachers and as a research tool for millions of students nationwide, the netTrekker suite of products has been honored with 19 industry awards in the last five years.
Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards remain the standard-bearer for celebrating outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital content and education technology industries. Through a unique combination of journalist and peer review, the CODiE Awards recognize 72 categories of outstanding products and services, as well as corporate excellence and philanthropy.
"I applaud all the companies selected as winners or finalists in the 22nd annual CODiE Awards," said Ken Wasch, SIIA President. "The software and information industry continues to move at a dizzying pace, and being recognized by your peers for getting to and staying at the head of the pack in such a dynamic environment is a major accomplishment. It is one of the reasons why the CODiE Awards hold such a special place in our industry."
The 2007 CODiE Awards were presented at a gala event on April 17 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Calif.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net.
About the netTrekker Product Suite
The netTrekker product line includes award-winning educational search products for both the education (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 product suite, visit www.netTrekker.com.
Founded in 1999, Thinkronize is a leading developer of safe, Web-based K-12 educational products. Thinkronize is dedicated to enhancing the education of today´s youth with highly effective technologies that deliver the rich educational value of the Internet to every child in a safe, relevant, easy-to-use format. With the mission to help every child learn and a belief that technology can transform education, Thinkronize was first to market with a standards-based educational search engine. Its flagship product, netTrekker d.i., is the #1 search engine in K-12 schools and is currently used in over 17,000 schools nationwide. Thinkronize´s consumer product, netTrekker home, gives parents and students whose district or school has not yet purchased a netTrekker d.i. subscription, access to its 180,000+ educator tried-and-tested Web sites and educational resources. Peers, educators, and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker product suite 19 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 named to the 2006 Inc. 500 List as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. The company was founded by Robert Reinders and currently serves more than 9.3 million students in all 50 states, including adoptions by key districts and states nationwide. For more information visit www.Thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.