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For Immediate Release
October 22, 2008
netTrekker's AnnualTop 100 Educational Safe Search Index Recognizes Districts by Enrollment Level — Awards go to Forsyth County School District, GA, Blue Springs School District, MO and Dupage County School District 45, IL
National Ranking Reveals Which Schools Keep Students Safest When Searching the Internet

Cincinnati, OH, October 22, 2008 - A top 100 national ranking of school districts, indicating which districts keep students safest when searching on the Internet, was released today. The 2007-2008 school year Educational Safe Search Index was broken out by small-, medium-and large-sized districts. For the second year in a row, Forsyth County Schools in suburban Atlanta finished first for the large-sized districts, with over 7 million safe searches for the 2007-2008 school year. For the mid-sized districts, Blue Springs School District in Missouri led with 2,615,184 searches and Dupage County School District 45 in Illinois came in first with 629,401 searches for the small-sized districts.

The Educational Safe Search Index was administered by Thinkronize (http://ntdi.nettrekker.com/?page=2008_top100), a leader in the digital delivery of K-12 educational resources and developers of netTrekker, the #1 safe K-12 educational search tool. netTrekker is now used by over 12 million students, 600,000 teachers, and 21,000 schools in all 50 states in the United States.

Educators are increasingly seeking out web-safe digital resources and tools that help students achieve. Thinkronize's expert team of educators reviews each resource for academic integrity, age appropriateness, and safety - eliminating links to any pornographic, offensive, useless or commercial sites. The result? Fast and easy access to netTrekker's 300,000 engaging lesson plans, videos, images, learning games and manipulatives.

"Every day teachers make a difference in kids' lives. We also strive to make a difference by providing teachers with the digital search tools they need to help every child learn in a safe and rich environment," said Thinkronize CEO Randy Wilhelm. "We congratulate and thank Forsyth County Schools, Blue Springs School District and Dupage County School District 45- and all of our top 100 school districts-for stepping up and providing kids with safe, contextually-relevant digital resources."

Forsyth County Schools, the top district overall, will be awarded with the equivalent of a $5000 prize package, including two days of professional development integration workshops, additional online training, and assorted netTrekker premium items. Blue Springs School District and Dupage County School District 45 will both receive a $2500 prize package, including a one-day professional development integration workshop and assorted netTrekker premium items.

"Forsyth County Schools is proud to receive this recognition for the second year in a row. We attribute our increased usage - as well as the new levels of teacher creativity - in part to the exceptional Integration Workshop which Thinkronize provided as a part of our prize package," said Forsyth County Schools Director of Instructional Technology Jill Hobson. "netTrekker is an integral part of our strategy for providing digital content aligned to standards as well as a student-friendly, safe search engine that is available to our teachers and students 24/7/365.

"Most search engines can be overwhelming with students spending too much time surfing. We are so happy with netTrekker and how it enables our students to use their limited time to research topics more efficiently," said Kelly Knudsen, Library Media Specialist, Delta Woods Middle School, Blue Springs School District. "Our teachers love the ability to make folders and share them with students to access specific web sites and information. The numerous tools available in netTrekker help students and teachers alike with their daily work. And the best part is students can access it all from home and school."

The top three school districts in each category include:

Large-Size:

  1. Forsyth County Schools, GA
  2. Sacramento City Unified School District, CA
  3. Greenville County School District, SC

Mid-Size:

  1. Blue Springs School District, MO
  2. Pflugerville Independent School District, TX
  3. Valley View Community Unit School District 365U, IL

Small-Size:

  1. Dupage County School District 45, IL
  2. Jonesboro Public Schools, AR
  3. Woodridge School District 68, IL

About netTrekker
netTrekker is the #1 K-12 educational search tool that transforms digital content into safe, valuable, custom designed resources for educators and students. Unlike ordinary search engines, netTrekker provides fast and easy access to more than 300,000 digital resources that have been evaluated by a team of expert educators for superior quality and academic appropriateness, organized by grade and readability level and aligned with state standards. The company's unmatched proprietary technology adds valuable differentiated instruction features to the content mix. Using netTrekker, educators, school librarians, students, and parents save valuable time because they are directed to relevant, reliable, websites every time-meaning less time spent on searching and more time focused on teaching, learning, and achieving. For more information visit www.netTrekker.com.

About netTrekker

netTrekker is dedicated to enhancing the learning environment by providing highly effective technologies that deliver rich educational content to students and teachers in a safe, relevant, easy-to-use format. The netTrekker product portfolio includes educational search tool, netTrekker Search and personalized student workspace solution, igotta. netTrekker also provides solutions focused on professional development, global services and print-to-digital transition of education agencies and publishers. Founded in 1999, netTrekker is widely recognized as the first standards-based educational search tool and is currently serves millions of students and is present in over 18,000 K-12 public and private schools across U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.