Press Release

PR Contact:
Kristen Plemon
Account Executive
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
netTrekker Contact:
Laura Hannah
Brand Marketing Manager
For Immediate Release
January 23, 2009
netTrekker's New "My Portfolio" Tool Takes Off with Teachers
Thinkronize's Leading K-12 Search Tool, netTrekker, Now Allows Educators to Collaborate and Share Digital Resources at School and District Levels

FETC, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, January 23, 2009 — A new customized online teacher tool is advancing the way teachers interact and collaborate with each other and ultimately with their students. Powered by 'My Portfolio,' the leading K-12 safe search tool netTrekker now allows educators to create, organize, and share content for standards-based instruction with fellow teachers within their school or district.

'My Portfolio' is perfect for both individual teachers and district curriculum staff because of the ability to create project-based learning activities and units for standards-based instruction. Educators are using its many customized features to scaffold, save, and share digital content, including resources found in netTrekker and from third parties. They can add content to their portfolios— templates, timeline and famous person search results, and images—and then, like a digital file cabinet, create folders for organization.

"With the introduction of 'My Portfolio' we have provided a simple yet very powerful way to bring 21st-century tools to the fingertips of all of our customers," said Thinkronize CEO Randy Wilhelm. "'My Portfolio' facilitates the development of engaging interdisciplinary projects and lessons, helping teachers create a more interactive learning experience for students. We are thrilled to see the inventive ways that teachers are using its many features."

Florida's School District of Palm Beach County has enthusiastically embraced netTrekker as a valuable tool for finding, saving, and sharing safe and educationally sound resources. According to Jonathan Decker, the district's Technology Program Specialist, "With netTrekker's new 'My Portfolio' feature, our Educational Technology department can collaborate with our content and curriculum experts to provide direct links to netTrekker's collections of web resources that are aligned with our state standards and presented to teachers in a lesson plan—specific way. This provides just-in-time access to a huge number of digital resources. Our teachers then build on these collections to create and collaborate around their own portfolios at the school level and share many of these resources with their students through their course-specific web presence." Created by Thinkronize, Inc., 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. netTrekker is now used by over 12 million students, 600,000 teachers, and 21,000 schools in all 50 states in the United States.

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.