Press Release

PR Contact:
Kristen Plemon
Account Executive
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.

Defined STEM Contact:
Joel Jacobson
Defined Learning
netTrekker Contact:
Laura Hannah
Brand Marketing Manager
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2011
netTrekker and Defined Learning Partner to Help Educators Personalize STEM Education
Partnership will expand the netTrekker digital resource offering to bring real world relevance to STEM education

CINCINNATI, OH — Jan. 24th, 2011 — netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational resources, is partnering with Defined Learning to integrate premium content from the Defined STEM collection of resources into netTrekker. With the Defined STEM upgrade, teachers will have access to the full collection of high-quality, standards-aligned digital content in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that promotes effective and relevant connections between classroom content and real world applications. Defined STEM’s videos, performance tasks, and simulations enhance the classroom experience by creating real world learning opportunities around a central, cross curricular theme. The integration saves teachers time by only requiring them to sign-in once to access Defined STEM resources conveniently within netTrekker.

According to the results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), American students continue to lag behind students from other developed nations in STEM subjects. Schools are trying to find ways to improve student performance and to increase interest in STEM. With the emphasis the Obama administration has placed on stronger STEM education, the new offering from netTrekker will help prepare students for the highly competitive global economy they face after school.

Developed by Defined Learning, Defined STEM is a web-based application comprising 1,200 resources designed to address middle and high school science standards and curriculum. Defined STEM fosters effective and relevant connections between 21st century learning skills and how those skills are used across all subjects and curriculum. Defined STEM features performance tasks designed to create a project-based learning environment, interactive simulations supported by online lesson plan activities, and lesson plans and objectives that aid teacher implementation.

netTrekker provides more than 300,000 safe, educator-reviewed digital resources from around the Web and from partner offerings, such as Defined STEM, that span the entire K-12 curriculum. Teachers and students can customize their home pages and search results based on their unique needs and preferences. Resources are categorized by standard, grade level, reading level, media type, and more. With Universal Design for Learning and a variety of innovative features designed to support personalized instruction, netTrekker enables teachers to support every student’s individual needs to help them succeed. Teachers can bookmark, organize and share resources, as well as assign them to students for project-based learning to strengthen students’ knowledge and skills. netTrekker customers can upgrade their subscriptions to include the Defined STEM collection.

About Defined Learning

Defined Learning is an educational company with roots in both media and curriculum development. Its flagship product, Defined STEM, is an online application that provides 21st century skills and real world relevancy to STEM related curriculum. The team at Defined Learning has a proven track record of developing and providing award winning educational programs and applications. The use and delivery of this content has been statistically proven to impact student achievement in the classroom.

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.