netTrekker d.i. Wins Top Honor as 2007 Best Education Solution from the Software & Information Industry Association

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.

About SIIA

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.

About Thinkronize

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.

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Carnegie Learning Algebra 1 Named Best K-12 Instruction Solution

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 18, 2007 — Carnegie Learning, Inc.´s Algebra I solution has received the 22nd Annual Codie Award for Best K-12 Instruction Solution given each year by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The SIIA utilizes both journalist and peer-company reviews to identify the leaders and innovators in 75 categories across the software, digital content and education technology industries.

This year´s winners were chosen from more than 1,197 nominations ? the most in the history of the Codies ? for the excellence of their products, services, corporate leadership and philanthropy. The awards were presented at a black-tie gala last night at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco and attended by hundreds technology executives.

The judges for the first round of voting included journalists from industry trade publications, technology writers from mainstream publications, consultants, and other industry experts. SIIA member companies voted in the second round of selection.

"I applaud all the companies selected as winners or finalists in this year´s Codie Awards," said Ken Wasch, SIIA President. "The software and information industry continues to move at a break-neck pace. New technology and business model innovations are constantly emerging and taking root. 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, and it is one of the reasons why the Codie Awards hold such a special place in our industry."

Carnegie Learning´s math programs are based on cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. Carnegie Learning´s research-based curricula are increasingly at the forefront of high school transformation initiatives in large urban areas such as Los Angeles Unified School District; Miami-Dade, and in the Chicago Public Schools, where the curricula are being piloted with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Last week RAND Corporation announced that it has received a $6 million grant from U.S. Education Department to evaluate Carnegie Learning´s Algebra I curriculum.

"Carnegie Learning is honored to accept the 2007 Codie Award for the Best K-12 Instruction Solution," said Dennis Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "We take great pride in making a difference in the lives of students across the country who are working to succeed in high school and graduate to a better future, and winning this prestigious award is an opportunity to celebrate our success."

About SIIA (www.siia.net)

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.

About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)

Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of core, full-year mathematics solutions as well as supplemental intervention applications for middle school, high school, and postsecondary students. The company´s Cognitive Tutor® programs are helping more than 475,000 students in over 1300 school districts across the United States succeed in math by integrating interactive software sessions, text, and student-centered classroom lessons into a unique learning platform for algebra readiness, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, high-stakes test preparation, and Integrated Math programs. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes Carnegie Learning´s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I program as one of only two math curricula scientifically proven to have significant, positive effects on student learning. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive science researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.

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GeoLearning´s GeoMaestro LMS Wins 2007 Codie Award for

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, April 18, 2007 — GeoLearning´s GeoMaestro Learning Management Suite was named "Best Corporate Learning Solution" at the 22nd annual Codie Awards presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The 2007 Codies were presented at a gala event on April 17 at the historic Palace Hotel in
San Francisco, CA.

"We are especially pleased because the Codies are among the software industry´s most recognized and prestigious awards, and GeoMaestro is the flagship of our organization," said Frank Russell, president and CEO of GeoLearning. "Our on-demand platform is currently used by hundreds of companies and millions of users in organizations worldwide to manage human capital development, accelerate critical business processes and drive organizational performance. We´re proud that our unique Software as a Service business model continues to be embraced and recognized as the importance of learning and performance management gains momentum."

Established in 1986, the Codie Awards are 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 recognized 75 categories of outstanding products and services, as well as corporate excellence and philanthropy. Judges for the first round of voting included journalists from industry trade publications, technology writers from mainstream publications, consultants and other industry experts. SIIA member companies voted in the second round of selection.

GeoLearning´s award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model means the GeoMaestro platform is delivered entirely over the Internet, eliminating all the headaches, hassles and risks associated with traditional hardware and software implementations. The Internet-hosted performance and learning management platform enables organizations to capture, create, manage and share knowledge to improve workforce productivity, accelerate critical business processes, and drive organizational performance. The system centralizes and automates the entire learning management process, making the administration of enterprise learning and development both effective and efficient.

Details about the Codie Awards and the winners in all categories are available online at www.siia.net/codies/2007/winners.asp.

About GeoLearning, Inc.
GeoLearning is the leading provider of Managed Learning Services and hosted learning and performance technology. The company´s products and services are used by corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations to manage human capital development, accelerate critical business processes and drive organizational performance. GeoLearning´s Software as a Service model means there is no hardware or software for clients to install. As a result, the company´s Web-based GeoMaestro and GeoExpress learning management platforms can be deployed quickly, allowing clients to efficiently manage enterprise-wide learning, development and knowledge acquisition. Additional information is available at www.geolearning.com.

About the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
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. Additional information is available at www.siia.net.

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PBS TeacherLine® Earns CODiE Award for Best Online Instruction Solution from the Software & Information Industry Association

ARLINGTON, Va. (April 18, 2007)–PBS TeacherLine was recognized by industry competitors, experts and journalists as an exceptional instructional offering at the 22nd Annual CODiE awards gala in San Francisco yesterday. Since PBS TeacherLine was launched nationwide in mid-2004, more than 20,000 educators have completed the online professional development courses.

PBS TeacherLine received a 2007 CODiE Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for Best Online Instruction Solution. This award category honors the most outstanding educational Web site designed to provide instructional support for preK-12 students, teachers and administrators. The online teacher professional development offering was also a finalist in the Best Professional Development Solution.

Established in 1986 by SIIA, the CODiE Awards program remains the standard bearer for celebrating outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital content and education technology industries. Award nominees are judged by journalists and industry peers and voted on by association members.

PBS TeacherLine has quickly become the premier provider of affordable, high-quality online professional development for K-12 teachers through its unique combination of facilitated, online courses, a supportive learning environment and exemplary Internet-based resources. PBS TeacherLine is dedicated to improving teacher quality and to increasing student achievement. More than 100 courses in math, science, reading, instructional strategies and instructional technology are offered. The courses are content-rich and incorporate high-quality video-including content from national PBS programming-leading articles, interactive lessons and online facilitated discussions with peers that help translate learning into practice. Teachers can earn continuing education units, professional development points or graduate credits while learning practical, research-based instructional strategies to improve student learning.
Recently, the Florida Department of Education, Nevada Commission on Educational Technology and the Arkansas Department of Education selected PBS TeacherLine to help them meet their respective statewide professional development initiatives. The goals include increasing the number of teachers that meet state and federal "highly qualified" teacher requirements, raising student test scores, and building a cadre of master digital educators who can train their peers in best practices for classroom technology integration.

For more information about PBS TeacherLine, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline.

About PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine is committed to helping teachers acquire the skills they need to prepare students for a successful future. PBS TeacherLine provides high-quality, affordable professional development through facilitated, online courses, collaborative learning communities, and exemplary Internet-based resources. Currently, more than 90 courses across multiple subject areas are offered. Teachers can earn continuing education units, professional development points and graduate credits for course completion. The courses have been developed in conjunction with leading education organizations, including Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Education Development Center (EDC), Concord Consortium, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and International Society for Technology Education. Created in 2000, PBS TeacherLine is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $6,046,811. This represents approximately 85 percent of the total program funding. The remaining 15 percent is funded through in-kind support from PBS and through program income. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline.

About PBS

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches more than 75 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS´ premier kids´ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (www.pbskids.org), continue to be parents´ and teachers´ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

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RM Educational Software Inc. Announces a 45-day trial of RM Easiteach Tools

What are RM Easiteach and RM Easiteach Tools?
RM Easiteach is the software at the heart of interactive teaching and learning. Visual, interactive learning gets results. RM Easiteach enables teachers to create lessons that incorporate a variety of learning styles and tools to encourage concept adoption and retention.

Today, teachers can install RM Easiteach and receive access to all subject specific curriculum tools.

Math Toolbar

Used by the Math Teacher of the Year to create engaging and stimulating math lessons! The Math Toolbar consists of lots of familiar Math resources such as: function machine, customizable number lines, number grids, fractions and graphs. These resources allow you to make exactly what you need using circles, numbers, algebra and symbols palate, and place value cards ranging from 0.0001 to 9 million.

Language Arts Toolbar

The English Language Arts tools are especially effective when teaching language at word, sentence and text levels. The ?split-screen´ feature allows you to display text on one page and to drag words or blocks of text to another page for editing or reformatting. Tools included are: Word and sentence builder cards, add and remove punctuation, Cloze procedure, writing frames, spell checker, word highlight, speak words, repel text for desk top publishing and a timer to increase pace in lessons. All the tools work on any text typed directly onto the page or cut and pasted from another source.

Science Toolbar

The Science toolbar allows you to integrate connected devices like digital and web cameras, electronic microscopes and desktop visualizers, to enable the projection of images to the whole class. These images can then easily be edited and interacted using the toolbar. Tools included are: select image source, image capture, rulers, calipers, magnetic lines, stopwatch and timers, and Science symbols and units.

Geography Toolbar

The RM Easiteach Geography Toolbar provides a set of tools that are designed to specifically support the teaching of geography throughout K-12 and that will help embed the use of IT into the subject .The tools focus on creating, analyzing and manipulating maps on screen.

Pricing:
Single toolbars are $109.00 or purchase as a bundle for $399.00. Multi-user licenses are available.

RM Easiteach is included with many interactive hardware technologies. A listing of partners is available at www.rmeducation.com.

About RM Educational Software Inc.

RM Educational Software Inc. (www.rmeducation.com) is a subsidiary of RM Education Plc UK (www.rm.com), a leading provider of ICT software, services and infrastructure to schools, colleges and universities. RM Plc is quoted on the UK stock exchange (London Stock Exchange: RM.), has revenues in excess of $500m US per annum and offices in the UK, India, North America and Australia.

Founded in 1973, the company has spent over 30 years designing transformational solutions for education that are based on the needs of teachers and learners in the classroom. RM offers a whole host of education services, from hardware and software products to helping schools develop long term strategic ICT plans.

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District eyes teachers’ use of networking sites

School officials in Scituate, Mass., are proposing to direct teachers and staff about appropriate use of social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, raising questions about whether school systems should interfere with employees’ personal activities, reports the Boston Globe. Scituate officials say they are trying to address the liabilities presented when teachers and students maintain online communication on these increasingly popular web sites. The proposed policy appears to be the first in the state to tackle teachers’ use of the online sites, officials say…

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/04/16/scituate_eyes_teachers_use_of_networking_websites/

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Internet radio broadcasters dealt setback

Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback April 16 when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists, CNN.com reports. A broad group of public and private broadcasters had objected to the new royalties set March 2, saying they would force a drastic cutback in services that are now enjoyed by some 50 million people. In its April 16 ruling, the Copyright Royalty Board judges denied all motions for rehearing and also declined to postpone a May 15 deadline by which the new royalties will have to be collected. However, they did grant leniency on one point, allowing webcasters to calculate fees by average listening hours, as they had been, instead of the new system of charging a royalty each time every song is heard by an online listener. That exemption counts for last year and this year. After that, the new per-song, per-listener fee structure goes into effect…

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/04/17/internetradio.ap/index.html

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Feds limit access to student loan database

The federal Education Department on April 17 cut off outside access to a government database that contains the personal financial information of millions of student aid applicants, the New York Times reports. The department acted on concerns that loan companies or other marketers were improperly obtaining private information on potential borrowers. The shutdown, announced by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, is its strongest response yet to a broadening student loan scandal that has already implicated loan companies and caused several universities to put their financial-aid administrators on leave and review their dealings with lenders…

http://www.nytimes.com/…

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