Cincinnati, OH (July 21, 2007)–Across the nation, education, business and government leaders are requiring that students master a new set of skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century and compete on a global level. To support this growing trend, Thinkronize®, the leading developer of Web-based K-12 educational products, today announced the addition of a 21st Century Skills Channel to their award-winning educational search engine, netTrekker d.i.®
The new Channel provides educators and students with three pathways to find resources that support the core elements of 21st century skills:
•Life Skills focuses on character traits and personal habits
•Learning and Innovation focuses on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills
•ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Literacy focuses on information and media literacy.
Each of the three new pathways provides a "What are" and "How do I teach and acquire" section to meet the needs of users who are either new to or well versed in 21st century learning.
"It is critical that our students master the skills necessary to not only compete, but to thrive in our global economy," said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Thinkronize. "Thinkronize is dedicated to providing resources, models and tools that will help educators reinforce the core curricula and integrate 21st century skills into their everyday teaching."
One example of the tools that educators will find in the 21st Century Skills Channel is the new custom-created Integration Models–preassembled units that include a lesson plan, procedures to integrate the lesson plan with 21st century skills objectives, and a model student project. For example, an Integration Model on Global Climate Changes includes links to a lesson plan that provides learning objectives and suggestions on how to incorporate 21st century skills, such as using digital imagery and online tools like Google? Earth.
Educators can further enhance their students´ information literacy skills by using a newly developed digital literacy template included in the 21st Century Skills Channel that asks a series of probing questions to help students critically evaluate digital resources.
In addition, the 21st Century Skills Channel provides links to a valuable collection of free software tools and accompanying tutorials, including iMovie®, iPhoto®, GarageBand? and Audacity®. Educators and students can access informative tutorials to learn how the program works and then use what they have learned to enhance projects while developing 21st century skills.
Thinkronize is working in tandem with other organizations, including Microsoft, Ford, the NEA, and Dell to support the 21st century skills movement. Recently, the company became one of 31 Board Members of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education.
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, and 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 Web-based K-12 educational products and is dedicated to enhancing education with highly effective technologies that deliver the rich educational value of the Internet in a safe, relevant, easy-to-use format. In 2000, Thinkronize was first to market with a standards-based educational search engine, utilizing the services of Academic Benchmarks (www.AcademicBenchmarks.com), the premier provider of comprehensive standards-based K-12 educational databases, alignment tools and integration products. Thinkronize´s flagship product, netTrekker d.i., is the #1 educational search engine in the U.S. and is currently used in over 17,000 schools nationwide. The company´s consumer product, netTrekker home, gives parents and students whose school or district has not yet purchased a netTrekker d.i. subscription access to its 180,000+ educator-selected resources. Peers, educators, and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker product suite 20 times for their contribution to education. Most recently, netTrekker d.i. was named the 2007 Best Education Solution in the SIIA CODiE award competition. In addition, Thinkronize was included on the 2006 Inc. 500 List as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. The company was founded by Robert Reinders and currently serves nearly 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.